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  Volume No. 15 Issue No. 11 November 2018  

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   Diane Marie Garduno
   January 13, 1969 - November 21, 2017
   Diane Garduno passed away unexpectedly in a motor vehicle accident on November 21, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the age of 48. Diane, was born into an Air Force family on January 13, 1969, in Duluth, Minnesota to Phil and Dodie Bonemeyer. While her father was stationed in Germany she started her higher education at the University of Maryland, Munich Campus. She continued her education while getting her Bachelors from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and then graduated from Adams State with a Master’s Degree for Curriculum and Instruction. She married LeeAndro, her soulmate, in 1994. Shortly after moving to Falcon, Colorado, Diane began working for the Ellicott School District as a teacher. She worked there for eighteen years, advancing to Middle School Principal. Diane welcomed and was instantly devoted to help raise her husbands’ two young children. Over time, together they welcomed three more children, growing into a family of seven. Her children remember her as a dedicated, loving, helpful, strong, smart mother who encouraged them to set and pursue their goals.
   Diane truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; chatting with friends and family, gardening, baking, pickling, and investing in the people of the Ellicott community. She especially enjoyed visiting her family all over the country, creating memories and exploring new places. Diane had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. Her family and friends will always be thankful for the gift that was her life.
   Diane, is survived by her parents, Phil and Dodie Bonemeyer of Alamosa, Colorado; husband, LeeAndro Garduno; sons, LeeAndro (Cassandra) Garduno, and Joshua Garduno; daughters, Rachel (Mack) Gralund, Angelina Garduno, and Miranda Garduno; grandson, Gabriel Garduno; granddaughters, Caitlyn Garduno,
   and Evelyn Gralund; sister, Rae Anne (Dan) McLennan of Cypress, Texas; brother, Michael (Angela) Bonemeyer of Monte Vista, Colorado; mother-in-law, Pauline Garduno; as well as many aunts, uncles, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   She is preceded in death by her father-in-law, Manuel Garduno of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
   Services were held. Please send donations to
   The family would like to thank Ellicott School District 22 and the Community for their efforts in coordinating the memorial service and meals for the family.
   Arrangements by: The Springs Funeral Services - North, 6575 Oakwood Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80923.
   Tabitha Ann Gaston
   Longtime Calhan resident Tabitha Ann Gaston, born July 3, 1972, died Dec. 12, 2017. She is survived by her father, Brian Gaston; her mother, Judith Gaston; two brothers, Jeffery Gaston and Brian Edward Gaston; and a sister, Laramie Lynn. Services were held.
   Dixie Ray Smith
   Dixie Ray Smith died Nov. 21, 2017 in Monument, Colorado, where he was a longtime resident.
   He was born Aug. 26, 1932, to Cecil and Esther (Sweet) Smith in Blackwell, Texas.
   Dixie worked in forest service management and served in the U.S. Marines.
   He is survived by two sons, Michael (Paula) Smith, and Marc Smith; daughter, Toria (Scott) McGill; brother, Cecil (Verla) Smith; three grandsons, Dylan McGill, Ian McGill, and Michael Smith; two granddaughters, Courtney Smith and Mackenzie McGill; and three and “a half” great-grandchildren,
   He is preceded in death by his wife, Loma.
   A memorial service was held in November.
   George F. Scott
   George F. Scott, age 66, died on Dec. 9, 2017, at a local hospital following a long illness. He retired from the United States Marine Corps as a career flight line mechanic. He was also very active in the local Salvation Army for many years.
   George Friedrich Scott was born on Sept. 13, 1951, in Germany and raised by the late John and Lieselotte (Sheel) Scott. After high school, he married and raised a family. He loved motorcycles and serving God and the Salvation Army in many capacities.
   He is survived by his fiancé, Sharon LaRocco of Colorado Springs; his two stepdaughters, Bonnie (Brad) Gore of Winchester, California, and Tammy Duggan of Temecula, California. He has five grandchildren: Kristina (Mitchel Fontes) Tudela, Clayton Gore, Trevor (Marcella Magama) Duggan, Cory Gore and Brandon Gore. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Nathan and Nikolas.
   Private burial will be at a future date at the Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
   Memorials in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army.
   He will be dearly missed.
   Submitted by The Springs Funeral Services — North
   Joann Blanche Blanch
   Joann Blanche Blanch, born Jan. 27, 1934, a longtime Colorado Springs resident died Dec. 16, 2017. She was a missionary for a christian nonprofit. Joann is survived by her husband, John “Jack” Edward Blanch; a son, Daniel W. Blanch; two daughters, Linda Carol Blanch and Sharon June Ebell; a brother, Lawrence A. Nelson and five grandchildren.
   The Springs Funeral Services Platte Avenue
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