Former Minturn businesswoman dies
Mildred Darlene Easter, who owned Minturn Cleaners with her husband Chet for nearly 30 years, died June 23 in Boulder. She was 91. Easter was born March 16, 1913 in Windsor, Colo. and grew up in the Russian-German community there. As a child, she worked in the sugar beet fields in the area with her parents and siblings. At the age of 15, she left the area to work as a domestic in Denver and Evergreen. She married Chet Easter on March 26, 1937. In 1948, the couple purchased Minturn Cleaners and operated the business there in until 1977. They moved to Grand Junction in 1984. Friends and family members said Easter was an avid reader, like to knit and crochet and “thoroughly” enjoyed bowling. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chet, and two brothers, Henry and William Lind. She is survived by her son, Dick Easter of Boulder; three sisters, Helen Robson of Langhorne, Pa., Vera Kinney of Greeley and Ruth Nuss, also of Greeley; and two grandchildren, Kristina Easter of Poway, Calif. and Kris Easter of Longmont. The family did not announce memorial arrangements.