May 29, 1928 - January 24, 2020
Bob was born to Clifford and Helen Purvis in Chicago, Ill.. After moving to Beulah at a year old and growing up there, he married Faye Atkinson, Aug. 1, 1946, and not too long after, began working in Pueblo at the CF&I where he worked from July of 1947 to April of 1984. He and his family also owned and operated a dude riding academy from their barnyard and farmed many fields across the Beulah valley for 20-plus years. Bob was a member of the Elks and Eagles, and loved participating in tractor pulls and shows with his antique tractor club. Bob would talk to anyone who would listen and he never met a stranger. He was a legend of his own time and will be very much missed by all who had the privilege to have known him.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Faye Purvis; son: William (Bill) Purvis; daughter, Deborah Marroney; grandchildren, Jodi (Kelly) Bond, Chad (Krista) Browning, Cari (Brent) Micala, Crystal Bensik, Kindi (Matthew) Medina, Craigin (Scott) Patterson, Cale (Kari) Purvis; great-grandchildren, Wesley (Bonnie), Kelby, Tylor, Cassidy, Shelby, Caleb, Nevaeh, Mathaes, Nalya Fae, Wylie, Peyton, Javi, Evin, Emerson, Lauren, Cayla, Cait, Caleb, Chloe, Colton; great-great-grandchildren, Brandon, Mason and Grant.
Ila Mae Allee
June 25, 1929 - Oct. 8, 2019
Ila Mae Allee, age 90, of Pueblo, Colorado went peacefully on Tuesday October 8, 2019. Ila was born June 25, 1929 in Pueblo, Colorado to Archie and Mildred Meek. She is survived by; son Dennis (Cheri) Allee; daughter Deana Kasel; daughter Donna (John) Levar; 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Ila was preceded in death by her brother Merle Meek, and husband Dale David Allee whom she married on November 14, 1947.
Donna P. Kerr Abel
Oct. 26, 1934 - March 13, 2019
Donna P. Abel, 84, was born Oct. 26, 1934, and passed away, with family present on March 13, 2019. Survived by daughter, Sandra (Mark) Canfield; granddaughter, Tiffani Holubek; great-grandsons, Joey Holubek and Gaige Holubek; sisters, Louise Even and Wanda Hahn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband of 58 years, George Abel; son, Tim Abel; and parents Helen and Roscoe “Bud” Kerr. Donna was a lifelong member of Beulah United Methodist Church. She was raised in Beulah but lived the last 63 years of her life in Pueblo.
Donna worked most of her life, she started on the family ranch in Beulah, a ceramic shop and at the Pine Drive Store in Beulah until she graduated from Central High School. Later she was a telephone operator, medical transcriptionist and secretary. She loved her job at the University as a secretary for the Nursing and Mass Communication Departments because she was able to help so many of the students. Donna loved traveling and camping with her family, was an avid bowler and knitter and an active member of the Pueblo County Historical Society.
Jan. 30, 1955 - Aug. 13, 2019
Jeffrey J. Donley passed away unexpectedly in Beulah. Jeff was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was an insurance adjuster for more than 40 years. Jeff’s sense of humor, kind heart and willingness to lend a helping hand were his greatest attributes. His family, friends and Beulah were his greatest loves. He loved nature, being outdoors, hunting and fishing. His knowledge of the outdoors and wildlife was never ending. He had great fun playing pranks on anyone who could take it, and especially those who couldn’t. His presence will be greatly missed. He was truly loved.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen; children, Colleen Donley (Rob), Melissa (Grant) Netzorg and Nolan (Mara) Donley; along with his granddaughter, Lucia Netzorg; and grandson Aiden Donley. He is also survived by his sister, Beth (Jamie) McKinney; brother, Milan (Julie) Donley; nephews, Ian and Rick McKinney, Ethan Donley; nieces, Hailey and Ana Donley; and his aunt,Elizabeth (Bob) Lohmiller, and cousins. Jeff was preceded in death by his mother, Anne Donley; his father, George (Skip) Donley; and his brother, Brad L. Donley.
The family reflected on the memorial service held on Monday, Aug. 19. “In the sorrow, there was so much love and light the past week. We are grateful for loving family, friends, and community.”
Harold Wm. ‘Bill’ Frye
Jan. 3, 1926 - March 16, 2019
Bill often said that the best times in his life were when he was playing or working alongside his children and grandchildren, especially with their horses or climbing the mountains around Beulah.
When Bill retired from the funeral business, he and wife, Ruthie moved to Beulah where they enjoyed the beautiful mountains for 20 years. They had been active in the Methodist church in La Junta and became faithful members of the tiny Methodist Church in Beulah.
From his youngest days, Bill loved history, learning about it, collecting it, and sharing his experiences. Bill didn’t know a stranger, and if one took time to talk to him, he would not only share his stories about the history of the people and places, but he would also be interested to learn as much as he could about the person he was talking to.
Bill is preceded in death by his first wife Ruthie Frye, his parents Georgia and Frank Frye, his parents-in-law, Custis and Dorothy Green, his sister and brother-in-law, Helen and George Strain, his son Jerry Frye and daughter-in-law, Daryln Frye, his son-in-law Kenneth Cranson, and a nephew Greg Strain. He is survived by his wife Clara Frye and children: Jinnie (Frank) Malouff, Janell Cranson, Millie (Gail) Allen, Cindi (Ron) White, and Brad (Angela) Frye. He is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, as well as step-sons Jerry (Debbie) and Randy (Mary) Henderson and families.
In celebration of our beloved Beulah Methodist Church Members...
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross
The emblem of suffering and shame
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
And I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it some day for a crown
Honoring our members Who have Passed
Amy C. Arnold
Nov. 9, 1921 - Feb. 27, 2019
Amy was born and raised in Henniker, N.H., graduating from high school in 1939. During World War II, she attended business school and worked for an insurance company in Boston. After the war, she attended the University of New Hampshire for a year. When she decided to move to Colorado in 1948, she rode a three-speed bicycle from Arlington, Va., as far as Minneapolis, then took a train for the rest of the trip to Denver. Settling in Manitou Springs, Amy went on to climb all 53 mountains over 14,000 feet in the state.
In addition to her family, Amy loved hiking, nature, whooping cranes, travel, folk dance, polka, square dance, theater, libraries, museums, art galleries, carousels, vegetarianism, Scrabble, crossword puzzles and puns. Her volunteering included the Girl Scouts, Beulah Methodist Church, the Beulah Historical Society in Beulah and El Pueblo chapter of the Colorado Mountain Club, Pueblo City-County Library, Rosemount Museum, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Alzheimer’s Association, Parkview Hospital, and the Cooperative Care Center in Pueblo.
Amy is survived by her two children, Peter Arnold of Boulder, Colo., and Deborah Mauro (Matthew); and grand-daughters, Julia and Anjali of Eugene, Ore. The family wishes to thank Amy’s many caregivers and the staff of PeaceHealth Hospice for caring for Amy in her final years. v