Kathleen (Kay) Faye Stoner returned to live with her Heavenly Father on Sept. 5, 2020. Kathleen leaves behind her husband, Charles R. Stoner, daughters, Heather Oman and family of Montrose, Colorado, and Holly Knowles and family of Meeker, Colorado. She was the proud grandmother of six grandchildren and one great-grandchild who affectionately referred to her as Grandma KC.
Kathleen was born and raised in Crawford, Colorado, to Clarence and Charlotte Collins on Aug. 23, 1937. She lived and loved the ranching lifestyle and enjoyed spending all her free time riding her horse, hiking in the mountains or moving sheep with her dad.
Kathleen married Charles Ralph Stoner in 1969. They had two girls and enjoyed raising them in Crawford where they could continue to live their pioneer lifestyle. The love of nature and the great outdoors was something that Kathleen felt very strongly about passing on to her children.
Kathleen worked and retired from the U. S. Forest Service as a Civil Engineer Technician. She loved designing using the AutoCad program. She also enjoyed the thrill of driving and checking traffic counters in the San Juan and West Elk mountain ranges which encompassed beautiful areas like Imogene Pass, Gothic, and Engineer Pass. She especially loved the fall in the Kebler Pass area from Paonia to Crested Butte. She also enjoyed going on details for work that took her to Yellowstone during the big fire in 1988 and to Alaska working on a survey crew in 1990.
In her spare time she enjoyed quilting and making unique wall hangings with a wilderness or mountain theme. She would give these quilts to friends and family as well as residents at the local nursing home. In the last few years she would spend hours making dresses for orphanages all around the world. She also enjoyed hiking, cross country skiing, cake decorating and traveling the Western United States.
Her love for her family and the prominent Castle Rock mountain that overlooked her home for 83 years, kept her firmly rooted in the community that she loved.
A private family memorial will be held per her wishes.