Joan Caroline Queen died Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at her home in Hotchkiss. She was 84.
A funeral service was held July 9 at Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss.
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 grandkids 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 in death by Richard, her husband of 39 years, on March 8, 1992.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
View the internet obitary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com.
Food For Thought/Vision Charter Academy has been selected as a State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Top 200 finalist and needs your help by voting for them to receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm®. From now until Aug. 24 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote for their favorite cause at https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2012962.