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Virginia Adell Herrick

January 15, 1930 — February 17, 2024



The best sister, mom, aunt, grandma, and great grandma who started her life as Virginia Adell Watson. Upon her arrival on January 15, 1930, her parents Mr. and Mrs. Don E. Watson were living in Nucla, Colorado, and the closest doctor was in Montrose, which back then was not a short jaunt. Virginia’s long and accomplished life ended on February 17, 2024. 

 She married John (Jack) B. Herrick on September 20, 1953, and resided in Nucla, Colorado. They had to make the long trip to Montrose, still no doctor, to welcome their first child, David. By the time their daughter, Carolyn (Carrie Ann) was born, they resided in Grand Junction, Colorado. 

 Virginia worked several jobs once they moved to Durango in the Spring of 1968 and did the books for John's new business. Her last job was for La Plata County Social Services, where she retired in 1993. 

 Once both Virginia and Jack retired, they spent several winters in a small community in Salome, Arizona. After Jack’s passing Virginia continued the trip south for several years. 

 Virginia was preceded in death by both her parents; and the love of her life. She is survived by her sister, MyrPhil Turnbull; son, David Herrick of Dolores; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Robert Hately of Durango; three grandkids, Melissa Huravitch (Shawn, of Butte Montana, Stephanie Orris (Daniel) of Durango, and Don Herrick of Florence S.C.; and 3 great grandchildren.

 One can only imagine the changes and history she lived through. Indoor plumbing, no longer chasing the geese away to use the outhouse, the Great Depression, and a man on the moon. Her favorite being instant heat in the house! She was a true homesteader, from canning and freezing all the vegetables and fruit she could get and making homemade bread, jams, and jellies. She never kept chickens though, she was sick of them from her childhood and never talked highly of them.

 Virginia will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Services will be held when the weather is warmer, just like she liked it. 


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