Doris (Besse)Sweet 1911-2005

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MONTE VISTA - Longtime Valley resident Doris Sweet, 93, died early Sunday morning, Jan. 9, 2005, due to complications from pneumonia.

She was born Sept.8, 1911 in Phillipsburg, Kans., one of four children born to Clyde and Gwendolyn Harwood Besse. They also lived in Tucumcari, N.M. where she finished high school. Doris met and married Bud Sweet while working in Amarillo, Texas. They had four daughters, Kathryn, Margaret, Connie and Joan.

They first lived in Pueblo, later moving to Monte Vista and then Alamosa. Doris later worked as a secretary to the Business Manager of Adams State College. She loved her job and her many friends and colleagues at the college. Her accomplishments were many, including being general contractor when she built her own home. She loved gardening and had a beautiful yard. She was also active in several bridge clubs, enjoyed china painting and served as an Elder of the Alamosa Presbyterian Church.

The last two years of her life were spent at the Legacy in Monte Vista, where she made new friends among the residents and staff

Doris was a warm and loving woman who will be greatly missed by her family and friends. During her later years and struggle with heart disease, she was courageous and never complained about her health.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

Survivors include her brother, Clyde Besse of Homelake; four daughters, Margaret (Bill) Hurd of Creede, Kathryn Wolfe of Sargent, Connie (Mike) Welch of Denver and Joan (David) Guss of Irvine, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Chris, Scott, Anna Michelle, Anna Krisitine, Brad, Brian, Adam, Jeff and Stephanie; and 13 great-grandchildren.

amily and friends are invited to an open house to celebrate her life at the Guss residence at 14 Sunnybrook Place from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan.13. Refreshments will be served. Donations to the Rotary Foundation Tsunami relief fund would be welcome in lieu of flowers and may be made in care of Rogers Family Mortuary of Alamosa, which is directing arrangements.

Cremation has taken place and Jim requested no services be held. A private family memorial will take place later. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

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