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Elma Stone - August 05, 2010


Elma Evelyn Davidson Stone passed away on July 23, 2010. She was born at the Davidson homestead in Champion, Neb., March 22, 1922. The daughter of Champion Chase and Mable Elizabeth Eskew Davidson, she was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in Champion as a child; becoming a member of the Methodist Church in later years.
Evelyn attended elementary school and two years of high school in Champion before moving in 1937 to Imperial, Neb. , where she lived with her Aunt Mary Eskew Nothnagel and graduated Chase County High School with the class of 1939. Evelyn had the honor of being one of the first baton twirlers in the CCHS marching band.
Evelyn worked at her Aunt Mary’s Cafe in Imperial while attending school and stayed in the restaurant business until 1960,when she was employed by Climax Uranium, a subsidiary of Amax, Inc., as an accountant. She was later transferred to Englewood, Colo., where she worked for Amex Petroleum and Uranium, retiring in 1978 from Amex Exploration of Lakeside, Colo.
Evelyn attended Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colo.; Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Colo.; and the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo.
In 1969-70, he served Sunshine Chapter #53, Order of the Eastern Star in Grand Junction, Colo., as Worthy Matron. On April 13, 1985 she became a member of Centennial State Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Greeley, Colo., serving as corresponding secretary for two years.
Evelyn’s hobbies included needlework, restoring antique furniture and genealogy. She enjoyed bowling and competed in various leagues over the years. Evelyn is remembered for her devotion to family, her adventuresome nature and love of travel and her ability to lead long, laughter-filled conversations. She possessed a fierce independent spirit, a keen mind for business, and was an avid reader of mystery, romance and historical novels.
Preceding her in death were her grandparents William L. and Hannah Kelly Davidson and John and Ida Cullings Eskew; parents; brother James and sister Leta Atchison; and her beloved son Darl A.R. Bower.
She is remembered by sister Pauline Hollyfield of Pueblo, Colo.; daughter Sandra S. Ransom of Lafayette, Colo.; son Alan Bower and his wife, Lisa, of Grand Junction, Colo.; and Kenneth Quay of New York City. Her grandchildren are Michael Ransom and wife, Gwen, of Erie, Colo., Christopher Ransom and wife, Pia, of Mineral Point, Wis., Ryan Eli and Gail Bower of Grand Junction, Colo., and one great-granddaughter, Lillian Brie Ransom of Erie, Colo.
Following cremation, burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Champion, Neb.