Ella Kathryn Heitman (1931 - 2018)

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Ella Kathryn Heitman, 87, of Platteville, passed away Sept. 15. She was born Sept. 10, 1931, in Monmouth, Illinois, to Jack and Kathryn (Stitt) McCrery, where she grew up.
She came to Colorado to attend Colorado State University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in home economics and met her husband, Ronald Heitman. They married Sept. 10, 1952, in Monmouth. The couple moved to Ron's family farm in Fort Lupton, raised their family and, in 1978 moved to their farm in Platteville.
Ella began teaching home economics at North Junior High in Brighton and later Overland Trail Middle School and instilled life skills to thousands of students over 32 years. She earned a masters degree in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and concluded her teaching career in 1996.
Ella was a 64-year member of Eastern Star, Fort Vasquez Chapter, NSDAR officer and member, a 4-H leader, an active member of First Christian Church of Greeley and was part of the Top O' Morning Garden Club in Platteville. Ella also belonged to a Tuesday morning breakfast group whose ladies cherished one another's friendships.
She was a positive individual sharing her beautiful smile and personality with others. Her interests were cooking and baking, sewing, reading, playing cards and, most of all, enjoying time with her family and friends.
We know life is a journey with a destination made certain by faith. Ella's faith was complete and so now is her reward. Her reflection lives on in those who knew her.
Thankful to have shared her life include her daughters, Colleen Heitman, Pamela (Mark) Mathisen and Ronell Heitman; three grandchildren, Morgan (Brittany) Mathisen, Miranda Mathisen and Mitchell (Crystal) Mathisen; as well as six great-grandchildren.
Her husband; her parents; and brother, Larry McCrery, preceded her in death.
Visitation was Sept. 20 at the Adamson Chapel n Greeley. Funeral services were Sept. 21 at the First Christian Church, also in Greeley. Interment followed at Elmwood Cemetery in Brighton.
Memorial gifts may be made to the First Christian Church or , in care of Adamson Chapel, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley 80634. Adamson handled the arrangements. Friends may leave condolences at AdamsonCares.com.

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Published in Fort Lupton Press on Sept. 26, 2018
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