Weoma (Whitfield) Vagher…September 15, 1928 – September 10, 2015

Weoma (Whitfield) Vagher

Weoma (Whitfield) Vagher

Weoma Vagher, an influential matriarch of Bristol CO, departed this life on Thursday Sept 10, 2015 at the Holly Nursing Care Center at the age of 86. Weoma was born on September 15, 1928 in Cement OK to William Oliver and Lucille (Byrd) Whitfield.

Weoma married Norman Vagher in 1945; for the next 70 years they made their home in Bristol CO. They brought into this world seven children; two daughters and five sons. She is survived by: Jean (Donald) Goetz of Castle Rock, CO and Patricia (Leonard) Groom of Broomfield, CO; Ben (Katherine) Vagher of Broomfield, CO, Michael (Kathy) Vagher of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jim (Inge) Vagher of Holland, Kim (Marie) Vagher of Westminster, CO, and Travis (Randa) Vagher of Ft. Collins, CO: brothers, Lowell Whitfield of Tulare, CA and Billy (Jean) Whitfield of Erie, CO; sister, Barbara Leach of Hanford, CA; brother-in-law, Jackie (Sue) Vagher of Fort Morgan, CO; 20 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 6 step grandchildren.

Weoma was raised in a large family with five brothers and two sisters. She was an extremely hard working woman on the family farm as well as a dedicated mother to seven. In 1969 Weoma joined the Granada School district staff. She held several positions with the school to include: transportation manager, bus driver, custodian and keeper of the grounds. Weoma never missed a Granada School event. She supported the youth of our community in many ways- always handing out a coat, cookies, a friendly smile, a warm bus ride, cheerleading sponsor, sewing outfits as needed for events, making sure the school grounds was welcoming to all and always with a cheerful personality. Weoma never had a bad day!

Weoma was 1984 Prowers County Farm/Ranch Wife of the Year for outstanding service and devotion to husband, family & community. You could find her many a Friday nights calling for square dances and giving square dancing instruction for youth and adults. She enjoyed woodworking, furniture refinishing and upholstering. She was also an accomplished seamstress. Weoma was most famous in the community for her pies (of all flavors) – available at all community events! The highest bid at one fund raiser for one pie was over $100.00!

Weoma was dedicated to the Bristol/Granada community. Among many of her selfless acts included – delivery meals to a generation forgotten, providing comfort to many in needs, offering her time to assist others in need, a friendly smile and “How are you today!” No one was a stranger to Weoma- after 5 minutes she knew more about you than you knew about yourself!

Weoma was also dedicated to the Catholic Community. She was a Member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bristol. She volunteered her time to service her church in many ways; serving on the board, refinishing the pews, keeping up the grounds, remodeling the interior and her time to assist with mass.

Weoma will be remembered as a loving, caring and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She lived a very successful and full life with her family and friends. “Mom, Grandma, Weoma, Mrs. Vagher” has touched each one of us and will always be loved and missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Vagher in 2010; father, William Oliver Whitfield; mother, Lucille Whitfield; and siblings, Odell Whitfield, Howard Whitfield, Shirley Emery, and Danny Kay Whitfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 19, 2015 at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Holly, Colorado. Interment will follow at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Bristol, Colorado. Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 18, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bristol. Visitation for Weoma Vagher will be held from 1:00 p.m.to 5:00 pm Friday, September 18, 2015 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Lamar, Colorado. Everyone is invited to the reception/dinner at the Granada Community Hall starting at noon on September 19th.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bristol, Colorado in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

For more information or to leave online condolences please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.

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