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Emma DeBusk…November 1, 1926 – September 12, 2016

Pretty-in-PinkEmma Marie DeBusk, a life-long southeast Colorado resident, departed this life on September 12, 2016, from the effects of dementia.  She died at her daughter’s home in Granada, CO, with family members by her side.

Emma is survived by her son Ronald L. (Candy) Solt of Wiley; daughter Jeannie Strong of Eads, CO; son Gary DeBusk (Suzanne Zurybida) of Ashburn, Virginia; and twin daughters, Cary (Tom) Jacobs of Arvada, CO and Mary Sue (Steven) Widener of Granada; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-granddaughters; sister-in-law Mina DeBusk of Colorado Springs, CO; brother-in-law Eugene DeBusk of Pueblo, CO; brother-in-law Leonard Moser of Peyton, CO; nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by both parents, Fred and Mollie (Weimer) Schneider; Robert L. Solt, her husband; Noble Lee DeBusk, her husband of 56 years; son-in-law Kent Strong; two grandchildren Julie Ann Strong and David Kent Strong; her brothers Robert Schneider, Harry Schneider and Raymond Schneider; and her sisters Helen Moser and Betty McPherson.

Born on November 1, 1926, and raised on the family farm northwest of Wiley, Colorado, Emma attended the schools in Wiley.  She helped on the farm until graduating from Wiley High School in 1945 at which time she drove a school bus and worked as a bookkeeper at the State Bank of Wiley.  She married Robert L. Solt on October 13, 1946, and a son, Ronald Lee Solt, was born.  Robert was electrocuted in an on-the-job accident in October, 1947.

On June 4, 1948, Emma was united in marriage to Noble Lee DeBusk in Raton, New Mexico.  From this marriage, four children were born, Eleanor Jean Strong, Gary DeBusk, and twin daughters, Mary Sue Widener and Cary Jacobs.  The family lived and worked farms east of McClave from 1950 to 1962 and northeast of Lamar from 1963 to 1966 and their most permanent residence was just north of Lamar from 1967 to 2006.

Emma’s interests varied.  She assisted with farming and raised her children during the 1950’s and worked as a sales clerk at J. C. Penney in Lamar throughout the 1960’s.  Although both Emma and Noble became avid bowlers, it was Emma who outshined.  She ran out of space in the wall case she used to display the bowling trophies won at state and local tournaments.  The Lamar Lanes once allowed her to enter the annual “King’s Tournament” and it was the Queen who won.

When Emma and Noble bought their house north of Lamar, Emma’s greatest pleasure was working in the yard. She ordered plants and flowers from mail order catalogs; she hauled trees from the mountains; she accepted plantings from friends; and she built sheds, pergolas and lattice walk-throughs from scratch.  In the late 1980’s, Emma and Noble’s yard won the Lamar Daily News’ annual “Beautiful Yard” contest.

In her lifetime, Emma quilted scores of blankets for family and friends and hundreds of doilies, baby blankets, afghans, and other crocheted items.  She must have baked a thousand blackberry pies from her homegrown blackberries.  When she played the card game, Rook, everyone wanted to be her partner.  She enjoyed traveling.  Some of her favorite trips were to West Virginia, Florida, Las Vegas and California.  One of her favorite destinations was the Colorado mountains.  She also enjoyed visiting the national parks where Gary worked.   When she began walking for exercise she would walk ten miles a day.  It was enough to become a member of the 1200 Club (1200 miles a year).

Emma will be remembered especially as a mother and grandmother at her happiest when she was surrounded by her family.  Her biggest smiles occurred when she was a part of the fun-loving group.  The entire family often got together at “Grandma and Grandpa’s house”, the city park or the lakes for special holidays and summer barbecues.  She was a strong, and strong-willed, woman and a hard and dedicated worker regardless of the job at hand.  Her work was meticulous.  She was a member of the Wiley Church of God.

Emma was diagnosed with dementia in 2006.  With that and Noble’s death, she sold her beloved house and yard north of Lamar.  She moved to Lamar Manor where she lived for four years.  As her dementia advanced she became a resident at Prairie Pines Assisted Living Community in Eads; Bent County Health Care Center in Las Animas; and the Holly Nursing Care Center in Holly.  Emma was moved to her daughter Mary Sue’s home in Granada, CO, where she stayed until her death.  The Lamar Area Hospice provided assistance.

Funeral services were held at Peacock Family Chapel on September 16, 2016, with Ian Blacker of Lamar Christian Church officiating.  Tom Jacobs, son-in-law, spoke of the special times that Emma’s children and grandchildren remembered of Mom and Grandma.  A selection of songs was played including “Wings of a Dove” which was previously recorded by son Ron Solt.  Casket bearers were grandchildren, Shawn Austin, Kevin Jimenez, Kyle Jimenez, Christopher Jacobs, Matthew Jimenez and Ronald Lee Solt, III and Ronald Lee Solt, Jr.  Immediately following the service, interment was at Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar, Colorado.  The Granada women sponsored the after-funeral dinner at the Granada Community Center with tons of people from the community bringing food.

Memorial donations may be made through Peacock Funeral Home office or directly to the Lamar Area Hospice Association, P. O. Box 843, Lamar, CO 81052.  Online condolences may be made at www.peacockfuneralhome.com.

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