Mary J. Weldon died Jan. 11, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 68.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Grand Mesa Baptist Church in Cedaredge.
She was born in Hardtner, Kan., March 28, 1948, to Bernard and Norma (Uhl) Friend.
She was active in 4-H and the Southern Baptist Girls Auxiliary at her church in Salida. She attended Western State College and then transferred to Colorado State to earn her bachelor's degree in home economics. She was a student teacher at Delta High School in 1968 and the home economics teacher at DHS from 1969-1976.
In 1971 she married Richard Weldon, who was also a teacher. She helped him with the flag team for many years.
They built the KOA Kampground on Highway 92 and ran it for 13 years.
Mrs. Weldon was active in her church and a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in Delta. She and Richard moved their church membership to Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church, a church plant of Calvary, in 2008 after moving to Austin.
Shortly after they were married, Mrs. Weldon showed symptoms of multiple sclerosis which continued its course until her death. She was wheelchair bound for over 22 years. She continued to be active and kept herself busy her entire life. She enrolled in PACE, a Volunteers of America program to keep people in their homes longer. She enjoyed traveling and family sit-down meals. She usually had three or four projects going all the time.
She is survived by her husband, Richard; her mother, Norma J. Friend of Poncha Springs; a son, R. Chris (Amy) Weldon of Austin; two brothers, William "Bill"Friend of Poncha Springs and Roy Friend of Rapid City, S.D.; her grandchildren, R. Eli Weldon and Mickayla Weldon.
She was preceded in death by a still-born daughter; her father; and her grandparents.
Memorial contributions may be made to "Mary's Bus Ministry," c/o Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church, PO Box 458, Cedaredge, CO 81413.