Obituary Details

Verla M. Dilts

(09/26/1915 - 04/24/2005)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 05/04/2005

Verla M. Dilts

Funeral services for Verla M. Dilts, 89, were held on April 28, at 6 p.m. at Colyer Funeral Chapel with Pastor Rick Carroll officiating. Burial was held April 29, at 1 p.m. at the Rest Haven Cemetery in Fort Collins, Colo. Visitation hours were held on Thursday from 1-5 p.m.

Verla died April 24, 2005, at Goshen Care Center.

She was born on Sept. 26, 1915, in Wessington Springs, S.D., the daughter of Clyde and Ida (Green) Titus. She moved with her family at a young age to Lance Creek, where she graduated from high school. After school she went to work on a ranch as a caregiver, where she met Ellman "Slim" Dilts. The two were married on Sept. 25, 1935, in Douglas. They moved to the Elk Horn Ranch in Glendo until 1945, when they moved to Arapahoe on the Wind River. They farmed and ranched until their retirement in the early 1960s. The couple moved to San Juan Capistrano, Calif., where they lived for 10 years. In the early 1970s they moved to Torrington, where they lived for a short time before moving on to Loveland, Colo.

Ellman died in 1981 and Verla moved back to Torrington, where she has resided since. She enjoyed baking, gardening, reading and doing her puzzles as well as talking on the phone. She really liked nice weather and often took a ride when the weather cooperated. Verla worked hard and felt something must be accomplished every day. She was known for being a perfectionist, and she was always a proper lady as well as being very strong and never having a complaint. Her greatest love was being a mother and grandmother. She was a member of Volunteers of America.

She is survived by two daughters, Kay Martinez and husband Tony of Fort Laramie, and Joyce Rogers of Westminster, Colo.; a daughter-in-law, Helen Dilts of Kanorado, Kan.; a granddaughter, Tina Puckett and husband Evan of Torrington; three grandsons, Bob Dilts and wife Wendy of Riverton, Trace Rogers and wife Shauna of Westbrook, Maine, and John Rogers of Westminster, Colo.; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ellman; two sons, Delbert and Gerald Dean Dilts; one grandson, James Martinez; four brothers; three sisters; and one son-in-law, Frank W. Rogers.

Those who wish, may direct memorial contributions in her memory to Goshen Care Center. Arrangements were under the direction of Colyer Funeral Home.

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