Joan Caroline Queen died Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at her home in Hotchkiss. She was 84.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.
Joan Caroline Bolinger was born in Brush Oct. 30, 1931, to John and Martha (Jessen) Bolinger. She spent her childhood in Orting, Wash., and Brush. She graduated from Brush High School and attended Colorado State University.
On June 29, 1952, she married Paul Queen in Brush. They moved to Hotchkiss in 1955. In 1964, they along with John Bolinger, started a farm supply business called Bolinger and Queen.
Mrs. Queen was a member of Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church, Neighborly Circle and Peace Circle. She was a 4-H leader, served on the Riverside Cemetery board for several years, and was instrumental in establishing the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum. She enjoyed gardening and family activities, especially watching her grandchildren play sports.
She is survived by her children, Rick Queen of Ignacio, Mark (Elaine) Queen of Hotchkiss, Terrie (Bill) Bear of Paonia and Julie Brown of Hotchkiss; a special nephew, Gary Queen of Brush; sisters, Kay Kirk, Frances (Roy) Hunt and Billie (John) Marta, all of Hotchkiss; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded by her husband of 39 years, Richard, on March 8, 1992.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.