Gladys Josephine Varela, better known as "Josie Varela," a resident of Olathe, Colo., lost her life in a tragic car accident in Delta County on the evening of Feb. 6, 2017, while commuting home from school at CMU. Her father, Victor H. Varela Mariman, was by her side.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Delta, Colo., with Bishop Joel Butzin and Brother Chad Harris conducting. Interment will follow at Olathe Cemetery in Olathe, Colo.
Josie was born in Glenwood Springs, Colo., on Feb. 9, 1997, to Chilean citizen, Victor H. Varela and American citizen, Michelle C. Martinez. When she was 8 months old, she moved to Chile with her parents and spent nearly four years there, gaining a little brother, Victor Julian Varela, in 1999. The family worked hard there, living a very rugged, rural lifestyle, but eventually decided to move back to the States in 2001.
Josie was homeschooled her whole life, giving her plenty of time to explore and refine her creative ideas. She started playing the violin just shortly before her sixth birthday and has been playing ever since. At the time of her passing, she was a junior at CMU studying music performance and also considering how to fit in a fine arts degree. All in all, she was a true artist. When not playing violin, painting, reading or spending time with her family, she nearly always had a pencil in her hand as she sketched out illustrations for one of the many novels she was writing. She had a great love for nature, sunsets, mountains, cats, children and martial arts. But mostly, she enjoyed visiting and laughing with her family.
She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Her family would like to express deep gratitude to all who have mentored and contributed to her personal growth and development. She was a dear friend, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and aunt. Her life was spent in service to her family and friends. She loved Heavenly Father and her Savior, Jesus Christ. She always put others first and was always willing to help with whatever was needed.
She is survived by her mother, father and four siblings, Frank Luis Varela Ruiz (age 22), Victor Julian Varela Martinez (age 17), Maya Francisca Varela Martinez (age 9) and Will Ryder Varela Martinez (age 18 months). She has three living great-grandparents, four grandparents, numerous uncles, aunts and cousins on both sides of her family.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.