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Ida Lee Currey, Canon City resident, and previous longtime Grand Junction, Colorado resident passed into eternal life on August 9, 2014. She had previously survived battles against Lymphoma and breast cancer. She lost a valiant battle against liver cancer. Ida was born in Fruita, Colorado to Aksel and Ruby Muhr. She was named Ida Lee after the nurse that helped deliver her. Ida grew up in Fruita along with her brothers Melvin and Kenneth. Her father was a volunteer fireman for Fruita and one of Ida's memories was hearing the siren blow and knowing her dad had to hurry off to fight the fire. Her grandpa and grandma Teagarden were also a very important part of her life growing up in Fruita. They lived on a farm north of Fruita and Ida enjoyed visiting them every chance she could. She remembers sleeping on the front porch of her grandparents' house and listening to the birds sing and seeing the sun rise. She and her brothers loved to climb the mulberry tree in the front yard and eat mulberries until their hands and faces were scarlet. Ida gained an appreciation for music at her grandparents' house while listening to a RCA Victrola record player. She would play 78 rpm records for hours while singing along. She continued this love for music for the rest of her life. Ida remembers riding in the rumble seat of her grandpa's 1935 Chevy and making sure her brother Mel did not fall out. The Muhr family moved to the Palisade, Colorado area when Ida was in 7th grade, when her parents purchased a peach orchard on east Orchard Mesa. Ida rode the bus to Pear Park elementary school thru 8th grade. She then attended middle school in Clifton, and high school in Fruitvale. Fruitvale then become Central High School. Ida was the first graduating class of Central High School in 1950. Ida loved to sing when she attended Central High. She was in glee club, a singing group of six girls, and a singing group with four girls and four boys. She also loved to sing with a girls' trio at the Central Orchard Mesa Church. This trio was invited to start a children's program on radio KFXT on Saturday mornings. In about 1950 Ida met a handsome, young man who had just gotten out of the Navy. Donald Currey and Ida were married in September 1951. They had celebrated 60 years of marriage at the time of Donald's death in 2012. Don and Ida raised three sons, Steven, Gary, and Mark, and one daughter, Nancy. Ida loved to be at home and care for her children, cook nice meals, and take care of the house. She was talented at embroidery and painting. Even though she could not read music, she could play her keyboard by ear. She would play and sing for hours at a time. Ida also loved children. She operated a home day care for 20 years while in Grand Junction. Those day care kids are grown and have kids of their own, but they kept in touch with Ida up until the time of her death. Don and Ida moved to Canon City, Colorado in 1992 to be closer to their kids and grandkids. They had many friends in Canon City and attended Grace Bible Fellowship in Florence, Colorado. Ida's greatest love was spending time with her family. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior at Bible Camp near Mesa, Colorado. She was baptized in Brush Creek near Mesa, Colorado. She was determined to see her husband and children accept Jesus as their savior. At the time of her death, all of her children, all of her grandchildren and most of her great grandchildren have accepted the Lord. Ida is now re-united with her loving husband Donald and we will see them again because of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ida was preceded in death by her husband Donald; her parents, Aksel and Ruby Muhr; and her brother, Kenneth Muhr. She is survived by her sons, Steven (Diane) of Cheyenne, WY; Gary, of Denver, CO; Mark (Lisa) of Canon City, CO; and daughter, Nancy (Clark) of Denver, CO; brother Melvin Muhr (Eleanor) of Grand Junction, CO; sister-in-law Annie Lou Taylor Boyd (Dusty) of Grand Junction, CO; grandchildren, Tonia Grantham (Tom) of Severence, CO; Jessica Hall (John ) of King George, VA; Ryan Currey (Kendra) of Windsor, CO; Sean Conniff of Denver, CO; Nicki Conniff of Denver, CO; Jason Currey (Christina), of Denver, CO; and Chris Currey of Canon City, CO; great grandchildren, Jenna Grantham, Gretchen Currey, Arianna Currey, and Josiah Currey. A memorial service will take place in Canon City, CO at a future, yet to be determined date. Ida's ashes will be scattered later this fall or next spring on the Uncompahgre Plateau, in western Colorado, where her husband Donald's ashes are also spread. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the following: 1) Sangre De Cristo Hospice, 601 Greenwood Avenue, Canon City, CO 81212; 2) Meals on Wheels, 702 Greenwood Avenue, Canon City, CO 81212; 3) Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256; 4) Christian Worship Hour, P.O. Box 2002, Aberdeen, SD 57402.
Published in The Canon City Daily Record on Aug. 14, 2014
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