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Jennie Thorp Capps

Written by Kate Thorp Walker:

A Tribute

Jennie Catherine Thorpe was born near Turney, Mo., August 29, 1867. She was the daughter of Daniel S. and Margaret E. Thorpe, who were pioneer residents of Mo. She was married to John Quincey Capps, March 9, 1887. She passed away January 7, 1943. Her husband preceded her in death. Surviving children are:

Oscar M. Capps of Green River, Wyoming.
Mrs. Grace Grimes of Portland, Oregon.
Mrs. Sadie Slinker of Seattle, Washington.
Mrs. Leah Flannigan of Noel, Missouri.
Mrs. Nellie Carver of Los Angeles, California.
There are 13 grandsons and 9 grand-daughters. Also two brothers and one sister. (and one great-grand-daughter) They are:
R. E. Thorpe of Craig, Colorado
J. D. Thorpe of Denver, Colorado
Mrs. R. C. Walker of Greeley, Colorado
She considered it an honor, and was proud, to have 6 grandsons in the armed services. Early in life, she became a Christian and united with the Little Shoal Baptist church, in Clay County, Missouri. When she and her family moved to Denver she united with the Beth Eden Baptist church, on Lowell Boulevard, from which her funeral was held. She loved her church and her life of love and sacrifice was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was faithful and devoted to the interests of her church, her family, and her friends. She was the sweetest flower. Those who knew her best loved her most. Her personal charm was interwoven with quiet strength based on fineness of feeling for all who knew her. She possessed those social and moral qualities, that made all around her happy which is the one great qualification to be desired. While we deeply feel our loss, it is her eternal gain and we thank our Heavenly Father for her life, and want to bow with submission to his divine will.
Into the sunset-trail, You've passed from sight,
That leads to heavens gates. Where robed in white,
You are not-dead, but-simply gone away,
To meet-the glory of an endless day.


                        To Frances from Aunt Kate

Robert Emmett Thorpe

From The Adamson Mortuary, Greeley Colorado Funeral Card:
      Robert E. Thorpe, 84, of 110 14th Ave., died Monday, May 23, 1960, at the Weld County General Hospital. Born May 19, 1876 in Clinton County, Missouri, he was reared in Missouri. Mr. Thorpe and Nolia C. Mayfield were married December 29, 1897 at Clarksville, Mo.
      In 1904 they moved to Cripple Creek where he mined gold. The Thorpes came to LaSalle in 1910 and he became a wholesale distributor for Continental Oil Company. He was transferred to Craig by his company in 1918 and the Thorpes lived there until he retired in 1950. They then moved to Greeley.
      Mr. Thorpe was a member of the First Christian Church.
      Besides his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. C. R. (Jennie) Greene of Aruba, Netherlands, West Indies, Mrs. J. H. (Ruth) Rutz of Whittier, Calif., Mrs. R. E. (Mary) Post of Colorado City, Tex., and Mrs. Harold (Frances) Turner of Sterling.
      Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Frank Walker     Harold Turner
Robert Thorp      Ray S. Lovely
Herbert Thorp     Leonard Harford

James Daniel Thorp
From The Craig Courier:


Word was received in Craig this week of the death of Mr. J. D. Thorp, brother of Pa Thorpe and father of Mrs. Harold Turner, both former Craig residents.

Mr. Thorp died in a Wichita Falls, Texas hospital on March 15, 1953 following a prolonged illness. Funeral services were conducted in Denver. Mr. Thorp had been living with a daughter in Oklahoma.

From the Wichita Daily Times, March 16, 1953, p. 10:


James Daniel Thorp, 73-year-old retired Denver, Colo., farmer died Sunday morning in a Wichita Falls hospital. He had been visiting a daughter at Comanche, Okla. Owens & Brumley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements here. The body will be shipped Tuesday to Nichols Hill Funeral Home in Littleton, Colo., for funeral services. A resident of 916 South Emerson in Denver, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. McAlister of Comanche, and Mrs. F. H. Turner of Sterling, Colo.; four sons, Robert E. Thorp and H. D. Thorp of Denver, W. J. Thorp of Portland, Ore., and F. M. Thorp of Columbus, Oh, a brother, R. E. Thorpe of Greeley, Colo.; a sister Mrs. R. C. Walker of Platteville, Colo.; and 19 grandchildren.

Also from the Wichita paper undated:

Services for James Daniel Thorp, 73, father of Mrs. Bob McAlister, were held today in Denver, Colo., at the Hoffman Funeral Home. Mr. Thorp became ill Friday afternoon with heart trouble while visiting his daughter here. He was rushed to the Wichita Falls clinic. He died at 2:00 a. M. Sunday. Mrs. McAlister left Tuesday to accompany the body back to Denver where services were held. Other survivors are: four sons another daughter, one brother, one sister and 19 grandchildren.

Robert Edgar Thorp

From The Denver Post, August 19, 1974:


Services for Robert E. Thorp, 65, of 4120 Stuart St., were Saturday at Olinger Mortuary. Burial was in Crown Hill. Thorp, a salesman for Colorado Petroleum Products Co. for more than 40 years, died Wednesday at his home. He was born Nov. 4, 1908, in Kearney, MO., and came to Colorado when he was 12. He attended Denver schools. Thorp married Lucille Bellfield in 1928. she died in 1970. In 1972, he married Burmah Pittman. He was a member of Table Mountain Gun Club. Thorp is survived by his widow; a son Jack Thorp, Denver; two brothers, Herbert D. Thorp, Denver, and Floyd M. Thorp of Chicago, a sister, Mrs Frances Turner, Sterling, Colo., and four grandchildren. [belonging to Burmah Pittman, NTG]

Herbert David Thorp

From the Northwest Arkansas Times, Fayetteville, Arkansas, August 19, 1994:
Herbert David Thorp of Fayetteville died Thursday, Aug. 18, 1994.
      He was born at Kearney, MO, a son of James Daniel Thorp and Katy Tapp Thorp. The family moved to Denver, Colo. when he was a child, and he attended Denver public schools and the University of Wyoming. He was retired from the Gates Manufacturing Co. and the Union Pacific Railroad in Denver.
      He and his wife moved to Fayetteville in 1974. He was a member of the Christian Church and attended Mount Comfort Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville.
      He was the past master of the South Gate Masonic Lodge in Denver, the Fort Smith Scottish Rite, El Jebel Shrine of Denver and the Northwest Arkansas Shrine Club. He was a member of the Washington County Historical Society, the Gem and Mineral Club of Fayetteville.
      Survivors are his wife, Grace Skirvin Thorp of the home; a daughter, J. Carolyn Thorp Nelson of Richardson, Texas; a son E. Ronald Thorp of Boulder, Colo.; a brother, Floyd M. Thorp of Katy, Texas; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
      The funeral will be at 10:30 a. m. Saturday at Moore's Chapel with Dr. Allan J. Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Gardens.
      Memorials may be made to the Northwest Arkansas Shrine Club's Crippled Children's Hospital Fund, c/o Harry Kimball, 38 Bedford Lane, Bella Vista 72714; or the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 696, Fayetteville 72702.

Floyd Monroe Thorp

From the 'Houston Chronicle' September 28, 1995:
     Ted (Floyd Monroe) Thorp, 81, for 56 years husband of Jeanne Thorp, of Katy, TX, passed away peacefully at home at 3:15 p.m., the afternoon of Monday, September 25, 1995. He was born on March 14, 1914 in Kearney, Missouri. For 37 years, Ted worked with the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company as a field superintendent for internationally significant steel plate construction projects in most of the United States, in the Caribbean and in South America.
     Ted was an ardent fisherman and hunter in the Rocky Mountain West. He was an active member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Billings, Montana. As a talented video and still camera photographer, he recorded and humorously narrated delightful family events. He enjoyed ballroom dancing with friends and with his wife Jeanne, who died on June 14, 1993. Ted Thorp is survived by his three sons; Earl David Thorp of Monterey, California and Kaikoura, New Zealand; John Richard Thorp and wife Nancy of Wilmington, Delaware; and Wayne Phillip Thorpe and wife Liz of Kent and Yelm Washington. Grandchild, Theodore Edward Thorp and wife Shelley of Houston. Grandchild Richard Allen Thorp, USAF A1C of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Great grandchild Megan Marie Thorp of Needville, Texas.
     Family will be present to receive friends on Thursday, September 28, 1995 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer @ Dairy Ashford. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 29, 1995 at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Memorial Mission Mausoleum in the Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the givers choice.

Helen Katherine Thorp McAlister

From a newspaper clipping undated and unnamed:  Helen died November 25, 1968
     Services for Helen T. McAlister, 52, of 4219 Kootenai, who died Monday morning in a Boise hospital, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in Whitney Methodist Church by the Rev. Raymond Thompson. Interment will follow at Syringa Gardens.
     Mrs. McAlister was born June 18, 1916 in Kearney, MO. She attended school in Denver, Colo., and the college at Greeley, Colo. She taught school until she was married to Robert William McAlister on March 13, 1937, in Brush, Colo. The couple moved to Boise in 1957.
     She was a member of the Whitney Methodist Church, Ada Chapter No. 8 Order of Eastern Star, Ladies of the Oriental Shrine and held several offices in that organization, including chairman of the sewing group or crippled children.
     She is survived by her husband, four sons, Walter Dean, Boise, Daniel A., Pocatello, Darrel Gene, Anchorage, Alaska; and Rex Thorp McAlister, Onset, Mass.; two brothers, R. E. Thorp, and H. D. Thorp, both of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Mrs Frances Turner, Sterling, Colo.; and seven grandchildren.
     Pallbearers will be Ray Warren, James Parker, Curt Blackwell, Alfred Clay, Dan Jones and Scott Busselle.
     The family suggests memorials be sent to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or the Whitney Methodist Church. Friends may call at Summers Chapel until 10 a.m. Friday.

Mary Frances Thorp Turner

From the "Sterling Journal-Advocate", Tuesday, March 24, 1987:

     Memorial services for Frances T. Turner of 226 N. 9th Ave., will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from First Christian Chruch-Disciples of Christ, the Rev. Robert E. Brown officiating.
     Mrs. Turner, 68, died Sunday, March 22, 1987 at Logan County Hospital.
     She was born June 15, 1918, in Liberty, MO, daughter of R.E. and Nolia Thorpe. She was raised and educated in Craig, CO. Following her April 19, 1941 marriage in Denver to Frank Harold Turner, the couple resided in Denver before moving to Craig in 1946, thence to Sterling in 1948. Mrs Turner worked in management at Sears and Roebuck from 1954 until 1968 when she worked in the office and was bookkeeper for Sterling Air Service when her husband went into partnership with Wayne Rose as operators of the service.
     The couple retired in 1980. Mr. Turner died July 8, 1986.
     Mrs. Turner was an active member of the First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, served as president of the Church United, was a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship and served as president of the Central Rocky Mountain Region, serving on the Finance Council at both the regional and national levels.
     She is survived by two sons, John Charles Stevens of Rocklin, Calif., and Bruce Turner of San Diego, Calif.; a daughter, Nancy Green of Lafayette; two brothers, Herbert Thorp of Arkansas and F.M. Thorp of Texas; two sisters, Mary Hart of Texas and Ruth Rutz of California; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
     Chaney-Walters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Contributions to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund appreciated.
[Mary Frances Thorp Turner was not the daughter of RE and Nolia Thorpe but the unofficially adopted daughter of them, she was the daughter of James Daniel and Katie Love Tapp Thorp. This paper is in Sterling and the people there had met the RE and Nolia Thorpe and knew them to be her parents. ntg]

Obituary appearing in the "Rocky Mountain Christian" April, 1987:
     Frances T. Turner, member of First Christian Church, Sterling, died March 22, 1987. Mrs Turner was an active member of the First Christian Church, was past president of Logan County Church Women United, member of the Christian Women's Fellowship, served as president of the Department of Church Women of the Central Rocky Mountain Region and served on the Board of Basic Mission Finance at both regional and national levels.