Hotchkiss resident Fay Bertha Columbia died May 20, 2017, of complications due to pneumonia. She was 80.
She was born in West Portal, which is now part of Winter Park, on Dec. 13, 1936, to Frank and Mary Lindsey.
On June 15, 1956, she married George Columbia in Hot Sulphur Springs. They raised four children in Moffat and Routt counties in their 54 years of marriage.
Mrs. Columbia enjoyed collecting, reading, puzzles, card games, bowling, horseshoes and spending time with family.
She is survived by brothers, Hugh (Elizabeth) Lindsey of Arvada and Larry (Lynda) Lindsey of Littleton; sisters, Georgia Columbia of Oroville, Wash., and Carole Lindsey of Granby; daughter, Teresa (Craig) Sharp of Cypress, Texas; son, Jeff Columbia of Loveland; son-in-law, Richard Bowen of Nampa, Idaho; grandchildren, Veronica (Kirk) Otero of Craig, Heather Kasper of Wilder, Idaho, Vickie Petterson of Grand Junction, Kathie Bowen of Coshocton, Ohio, April (Rennie) Cuevas of Nampa, Idaho, Andrew Bowen of Ehrenburg, Ariz., Anastasia (Brandon) Thornhill of Cypress, Texas, Shea Columbia of Aurora, Amelia Sharp of Baton Rouge, La., Kira (Brandon) Ball of Denver and Alexis Sharp of Cypress, Texas; 21 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George; brothers, Frank, Jack, Tommy and Neil; sisters, Dorothy, Edith, Margaret and Ruth; daughters, Patty and Carla; and one grandson, Rusty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America at secure.pva.org or mailed to 801 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006-3517, PVA: Donation Processing Center.