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Memorials set for three Eagle County residents

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Residents will remember three longtime Eagle County locals this week.Memorial services are scheduled this week for Jessie “Winfred” Luark and Vera Jay Baldrey. A memorial service for Les Raleigh Normandin is scheduled for July.Jessie “Winfred” LuarkJessie “Winfred” Luark, of Gypsum, died at her home June 11. She was 78.Luark was born to Clyde and Ida Schlagel on Sept. 15, 1925 in Glenwood Springs. She grew up and was raised on the Schlegel Homestead, graduating from Gypsum High School in 1943. She continued her education at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, where she received her Teaching Degree.She returned to the Burns area and taught school until she married a local rancher, Wilbur Luark of Burns, on July 3, 1948. She spent most of her life in the Burns area as a rancher’s wife and raising her family.Friends and family said her dedication to her husband and family was her greatest strength, and that she loved to cook.She is survived by her daughter, Susan Banegas Luark and family of Phoenix, Ariz.; Mike Luark and family of Gypsum; Pat Luark and family of Burns; and Orbit Luark and family of Kansas City, Mo. She had 11 grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Luark, and brothers Wesley, Norman and Clark Schlegel. Memorial services are to be held at the Luark Ranch in Burns, June 15. She will be buried next to her husband on King Mountain.Vera Jay BaldreyVera Jay Baldrey of Eagle died Sunday in Vail. She was 53.Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, at the Eagle Methodist Church. Winsor Stough will officiate. Burial will follow in the Sunset Cemetery in Eagle.Visitation is today from 3-5 p.m. at the Farnum Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. 7th St. in Glenwood Springs.Friends and family she spent much of her life, 40 years, caring for her home and family.Baldrey was born July 28, 1950, in Kremmling, to Clarence Ettles and Margaret Logan Ettles.She was married to Ralph Baldrey on Sept. 7, 1968, in Gypsum.Baldrey is survived by her mother, Margaret Logan Ettles, Grand Junction; husband Ralph; son Ryan; daughters Cheri Maxwell and Regina Baldrey; brother Rick Ettles; sisters Elizabeth Garrett, Sharon Gallagher, patty Hollingsworth; Diane Eggen, and Toni Ettles. She was preceded in death by sister Janice Thomas.She is also survived by four grandchildren: Gabe, Danny, Brendon and Jordan Maxwell.The family asks that memorial donations be directed to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, 40000, Vail, CO 81658Les Raleigh NormandinLes Raleigh Normandin, 53, was a Colorado native and grew up in Arvada. He lived in the Roaring Fork Valley and the Vail Valley for 35 years.Friends said Normandin spent most of his time growing up in the Colorado Rockies, enjoying the mountain lifestyle. He kayaked for many years in the Grand Canyon, the Arkansas River, and the Crystal River near Carbondale.Normandin earned his professional golfer status from the Presideo Golf Course, San Francisco, CA., in 1995. An accomplished shooter, he took first place in numerous shooting contests with members of the FBI.Normandin worked as a custom carpenter when he could make time between his outdoor adventures.He is survived by his sister, Pat Jacobs of Parker; and two brothers, Tim Normandin of Greeley and Max Normandin of Loveland. Friends and family say he will be sorely missed by them and his cat Putter.The body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held in July. For more information call Patricia Jacobs at 303-909-1559, or Joel Dembinsky at 970-945-9371.


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