Dorothy Bernice Dermer Simillion of Glenwood Springs died Jan. 18, 2018, at Paonia Care Center after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs. A luncheon will follow at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.
She was born in Atwood to John and Margaret Dermer on Jan. 30, 1933. She grew up on the family farm, attended elementary school in Atwood and high school in Sterling.
After graduating high school, she moved to Denver and began working for Mountain Bell Telephone Company.
On Sept. 14, 1957, she married Norman "Buzz" Simillion. They lived in Glenwood Springs,where she worked at the Buffalo Valley Inn and K-Bob's Steakhouse. She was a member of the Glenwood Springs Fraternal Order of the Eagles and volunteered at Valley View Hospital.
She and her husband had a large garden. They sold fruits and vegetables, made homemade saeuerkraut, crock pickles, sausages and jerky, and crafted root beer and wine. She enjoyed entering flowers and vegetables in the Garfield County Fair.
She is survived by three daughters, Tami Kropp, Mary Hyke and Cindie Ryan; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Buzz.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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