Maryellen Brubaker

Maryellen Brubaker
January 28, 1930 - December 19, 2013
Maryellen Brubaker, 83, died at home in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Thursday, December 19, 2013.
Born January 28, 1930, in Kingman, Kansas, to Floyd and Florence Sparks Closson, she attended Kingman High School and later earned a Library Science degree from the University of Utah. She married Robert (Bob) Brubaker on July 20, 1947.
In 1950, Maryellen and Bob moved to Meeker, Colorado; to Cortez in January, 1970 and they moved to their farm north of Lewis in 1977. They relocated to Grand Junction in September of this year. Maryellen was librarian at the Cortez Public Library from 1971 until she retired in 1999.
Maryellen was member of the Cortez United Methodist Church, the American Library Association (ALA), and the Cortez chapter of the PEO. She will be especially remembered for her years as head librarian, her love of reading, and introducing many children to books through Children's Story Hours at the library and surrounding schools even after her retirement. She also enjoyed hosting many special community programs at the Cortez Public Library. Maryellen was a three-time recipient of the ALA's John Cotton Dana Library award and also recognized as the Colorado Librarian of the year.
Survivors include her husband, Bob, Grand Junction, CO and their five children: sons Steve (Myra) Brubaker, Des Moines, IA, Mike (Sue) Brubaker, Hayward, WI, Chris (Sandy) Brubaker, Grand Junction, CO, Corey (Tina) Brubaker, Lincoln, NE, and daughter Tricia (Brian) MacInnes, Albany, OR. Maryellen enjoyed her 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Maryellen was preceded in death by her brother, Clarence Closson, Kingman, KS, and her sister, Marjorie Swingle, Tulsa, OK.
A memorial service is planned for 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Cortez United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a memorial fund for the Cortez Public Library honoring Maryellen. The Maryellen Brubaker Donation account has been established at Vectra Bank, 350 W. Montezuma Ave., Cortez, CO 81321 or Vectra Bank, 499 28 1/4 Rd., Grand Junction, CO 81501.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 1, 2014