Rilda Zoe (Craton) Hunt passed away on December 28, 2013 at her Pueblo home at age 89. Zoedee, as she was fondly called by family, was born on December 14, 1924 at Scottsbluff, NE, to Willie A. and Mable G. (Tremain) Craton of LaGrange, WY. She was the youngest of four daughters, Stacia, Yola, and Wanda. Her primary and secondary education was completed at the LaGrange Public School. Post-secondary education included the Immanuel Bible College, Colorado Springs, CO, where she met her future husband, Lawren C. Hunt. Her Christian life began at 22 years of age and continued to the day of her eternal home going. Zoe and Lawren were married June 20, 1949 at the Immanuel Missionary Church at LaGrange, WY. Together they pastored churches in Carlisle, WY; Custer, SD; Colorado Springs, CO; Wauneta, NE; Flathead Indian Reservation, MT; Denver, CO; Mitchell, NE; and presently at Pueblo, CO. Her children will never forget her squeaky rocking chair, homemade fresh bread, canned peaches, homemade ketchup, Sunday dinner pot roast, cold water chocolate cake with its coconut icing, huckleberry jam, handmade dresses, shirts and ski jackets, ability to make any house into a home, enormous vegetable gardens, multi-colored petunia beds, and of course, her scary Halloween song 'There was an old woman, all skin and bones'. She was her husband's singing companion, and steadfast helpmate. She was his church pianist up until just 42 days ago. Together, they renovated many a parsonage as they served the Immanuel Missionary Church throughout their sixty four years of marriage. She is now with her parents Willie and Mable Craton; three sisters, Stacia Wood, Yola Sanders, and Wanda Nighswonger; daughter-in-law Ruth Myers Hunt; grandsons Ryan Hunt and Brian Hunt. She is survived by her loving husband, Rev. Lawren C. Hunt of Pueblo, their eleven children, forty-two grandchildren, and thirty-four great-grandchildren: •Curtiss D. and Janet (MN): Vanessa (Devin) and Chris Jansen (Reyna, Liam), Carilla and Troy Wallin (Oliva, Zoe) and Renatta (Nadija) and Nicholas Fasching (Felix); •W. Keith and Susan (SD): Jeff and Susan (Colton and Weston), Chad, and Martin and Bethany (Carolina, Georgia, Dakota); •Sharen M. and Lee Rickenbach (Guatemala): Daniel and Michelle (Levi) James and Rachel (Amanda and Anna), Rose, and Andrew and Katie; •Linda M. and David Mertzweiller (NE): Samuel and Chalnessa (Grant, Morgan, Levi, Matthew), James and Alicia (Cierra, Tyrell), Tim and Emily, Rebecca, Ruth and James Jones, Sharon and Seth Keck (Aaron), Seth, and Stephen; •Ronald G. and Jane (AK): Nathan and Alicia (Jonathan), Bryan and Faith, and Janan and Ezra Byer; •Derald D. and Kimberly (NC): Marlene and Ben Reynolds (Cassie, Titus, Shane), Duane and Annette (Ryan, Aaron, Brandon, Logan), Nathan and Hayley (Jordan, Avielle), and Judy; •Gary K. and Rebecca (NE): John, Leanne, Melissa and Jonathan Klentz, Krystal, and Julie; •Glenn Canyon Lee (Denise: Angela and Matt Blackledge [Clayton], and Virginia) and Jeannie Bartholomew (Lakeisha) (CO); •Beverly Z. and John Myers (SC): J. Anthony, Andrew, Aaron, and Joyanna; •Maria K. Hunt (CO); •Dennis L. (Rachel: Matthew, Luke, Elizabeth, Edna) and Bethany Joslin (Jeremy) (IN). Visitation will take place on Jan 7, 2-8 pm, Montgomery & Steward Funeral Home, Pueblo; her celebration of life, Jan. 8, 2014, at 11:00 am, Faith Covenant Bible Chapel, Colorado Springs; interment at the LaGrange Cemetery, LaGrange, WY. The family wishes to thank all who have sent their prayers and support at this time.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline


  1. I have known Mrs. Hunt and the entire Hunt family my entire life of 30 years and counting… i grew up down the road from the church i attended as a child in Mitchell Ne, Mrs Hunt use to babysit my sisters and I.. What a wonderful woman and great inspirtation.. She will be missed dearly and i send all my love and support to the family.. Much love and God Bless from the Plasencio Family.

  2. Aunt Zoe was a wonderful Godly lady. I considered her my second Mom and look up to her. Her life and the advice she gave will continue to live on and make a difference!

  3. To The family of Zoe Hunt
    What a wonderful and loving woman, who I got to know thru the pharmacy at Walmart. I am so very sorry for your loss and I will keep you and yours in my prayers and thoughts. A friend, Doris

  4. Dear Uncle Lawren and family,
    Our deepest condolences go out to you and the family at this time.
    Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Aunt Zoe was truely a special lady.
    Your family,
    Wes Hunt, Ron & Kim Moos

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook