Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, October 21, 1999


Rosa Belle Stephens was born October 7, 1899 in Kalispell, Montana to James Nicholas and Sarah Katherine Yenne Stephens. She passed away on October 12, 1999, just five days after her 100th birthday, at Prairie Vista Care Center in Holyoke, where she had been a resident since 1993.


Rose was raised in Flathead County, Montana and married George Cleveland Conklin on October 9, 1919 in Kalispell. After their marriage they moved to her husband's home in Holyoke and lived in Holyoke the rest of their lives.


George and Rose raised seven children: James Wesley, Dora Ione, George Frank, Robert Lewis, John Harvey, Ruth Marie, and Margaret Lee.


She will be well remembered by those who knew her for her delight in playing cards, love of visiting with family and friends, and for her quick wit and sense of humor.


Rose was preceded in death by her husband on November 26, 1952; son James Wesley Conklin, August 2, 1947; son George Frank Conklin, February 18, 1967; daughter Margaret Lee Beattie, May 4, 1986; granddaughter Joyce Tatum Carr, December 20, 1997; grandson Randel Wesley Conklin, August 26, 1976; great-grandson Troy Allen Buck, February 23, 1980; and great-great-granddaughters Jamie Lyn Brown, November 16, 1990 and Sophie Leigh Noisewater, July 21, 1999.


She will be greatly missed by surviving daughters Dora Tatum and husband Herman of Ovid; Ruth Hinnegan and husband Frank of Fort Collins; sons Robert Conklin and wife Ardis and Harvey Conklin, all of Holyoke; 16grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 27 great-great-grandchildren, as well as many other relatives and friends.


Services were held at the First Christian Church in Holyoke on October 15, 1999, with Jim Blake officiating. Burial was at Holyoke Memorial Park.





Rosa Belle (Stephens) Conklin

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