A great La Sal lady passes away

Julia Josephine Wareham (Cookie), 82, passed away July 21, 2021, at Four Corners Care Center in Blanding where she had resided for the last few months.

Julia and her husband Gerald had been living in Old La Sal for several years. That is where they built their little dream home, a lovely log cabin that brought them much joy.

Julia and Gerald spent much of their adult lives ranching in Gateway, CO. Julia was a hard worker and could outwork many men. As Gerald says, she knew how a shovel worked.

He also said you didn’t want to make her mad. She might not have been big in stature, but she made up for it when she was mad.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald; a daughter, Shirley; and son, Bill, both of La Sal as well as their families.

Private funeral services were held July 27, 2021 at the Orchard Mesa Cemetery in Grand Junction, CO, where she was laid to rest beside her daughter who preceeded her in death by 40 years.

July 27 was the celebration of the 90th birthday of longtime local and a much beloved lady, Bobbi Holt. An open house was held at her home for friends and was followed by a family dinner attended by 29 close kin.

Many folks came out to wish Bobbi well on this significant milestone. She received a lot of cards wishing her well.

I must say, it was a little hard to do more than give her a brief greeting as she was hustling around making sure there were refreshments for everyone in attendance. If you know Bobbi, you know that’s typical.

She’s like the energizer bunny. Many of us wish we had her energy and looked as young as she does.

The house and patio were full of friends who came out to help her celebrate her special day. Happy, happy birthday dear friend, and many more.

It’s been sad to see the Badger family depart from our village, but that means there is a new face at our little library in a closet.

Mariah Robertson is the new librarian, and she meets all the qualifications to man the library. She likes to read, is friendly, and catches on quickly to the library functions.

There are also new hours for the facility. They are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

We have our next book club meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 5. This is a bring-your-own-snack-to-share event and is always a fun evening.

The phone number at the library is 435-587-3819. Come out and meet Mariah. She is delightful.

In fact, she was not even able to finish her interview for the job as, mid-course, the interviewer stopped to ask if they could hire her right then. I think they shan’t be disappointed.

While you are there, check out Bobbi Holt’s short autobiography. I’ve read some of it and can guarantee that you’ll enjoy it.

Hey, let’s play Jeopardy! The answer is 3.28 inches?

The answer, Alex, is “How much rain did Sierra La Sal receive in July?”

That is the official NOAA report. Some folks have other measurements, but they probably have less sophisticated methods of measurement.

Again, this is the official NOAA data and not the how much rain was in the cat dish measurement.

Bottom line, I hope everyone is enjoying the monsoon season. I hope we all develop webbed feet.

We have experienced some flooding but I’ve not heard of anything destructive.

A reconnoiter to The Mountain recently showed that it is still lush and green with the recent rains. Keep praying for rain. I’m also praying there will not be hail to damage the garden which is starting to produce nicely now.

See you at the County Fair. The Junior Livestock sale is always a good inducer of rain. Ma Nature just loves to pound on the tin roof to the point that you can’t hear yourself think.

Fortunately, the showers are usually pretty brief. Must be wheat harvesting time.

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