Hazel Pacheco Branom, a resident of Grand Junction since 1994, died Dec. 28, 2016, at her home. She was 97.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 5, at Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss.
Mrs. Branom was born in Hotchkiss June 27, 1919, to Kittie and Abe Pacheco. She lived in Hotchkiss until 1994 when she moved to Grand Junction.
She graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1938. She worked at the North Fork Creamery Association for 17 years. She then worked for the Neill Agency, later becoming manager of the Hotchkiss Community Federal Credit Union for 25 years.
She married Lester "Speck" Branom on Jan. 11, 1948; he preceded her in death on Sept. 28, 1988.
Mrs. Branom was an active member of the Hotchkiss United Methodist Church, serving on many church boards and singing in the choir. She joined the Hotchkiss Eastern Star Chapter on June 27, 1950 and held many offices. She and her husband were matron and patron in 1959-1960. She received her 50-year pin on June 27, 2000.
She devoted many years visiting and caring for many retired friends in Hotchkiss. She enjoyed her church, Eastern Star, working on her computer and making arrangements for many of her class reunions.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Zee Pacheco of Austin; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; three sisters, Margaret Dove, Lillie Flynn and Mary Dove; and three brothers, Clyde Pacheco, Harry Phillips and Tom Phillips.
Memorial contributions to be made to the North Fork Ambulance Association, PO Box 127, Hotchkiss, CO 81419; to the Hotchkiss Library; to HopeWest Hospice, PO Box 24, Delta, CO 81416; or to the charity of one's choice.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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