Death Notices: January 30, 2009

•  Edythe M. Avenell, 84, Austin, died Jan. 27, 2009, at her home.

No services will take place.

Survivors include her husband, Wallis “Wally”; one son, Dale Berry of Evans; and one grandchild.

•  Former Grand Junction resident Maxine Grace Rackaway, 90, Richmond, Ky., died Jan. 27, 2009, at Telford Terrace in Richmond, Ky.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Ill.

Services will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Vernon.

Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Online condolences at or by mail at P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, IL 62864. 

•  Clara Jane Wharton, 96, Naturita, died Jan. 27, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Services will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at Dove Creek First Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Robert VanSell of Naturita; one sister, Ruth Farris of Wilmington, Ohio; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Online condolences at


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