Hotchkiss resident Frances Varner died Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 82.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 4, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta. Inurnment will follow at 1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction.
Frances Elaine Hann was born in Eaton March 10, 1933, to Robert and Thelma Hann. She spent her childhood in Eaton until the family moved to Sunshine Mesa near Hotchkiss in 1947. She graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1950 and attended Mesa College in Grand Junction.
She married Billy Varner on Oct. 18, 1952. They lived on Redlands Mesa.
Mrs. Varner enjoyed music, supporting her family, reading and studying maps, increasing her knowledge, gardening, and watching hummingbirds, deer and elk in her yard.
She is survived by her sons, Stanley Varner and Phillip (Deb) Varner, all of Craig, and Randy (Tonya) Varner of Hotchkiss; her daughters, Kathy Scott of Mack and Virginia (Paul) Schranck of Durango; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Billy Varner; a sister, Helen Tooker; and a brother, Robert Hann.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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