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Monday, May 27, 2024 at 9:42 AM

STOLLEY

STOLLEY

Wanda “Sue” Stolley, a.k.a. Granny, passed away on April 21, 2024. She was born October 17, 1936, in Borger, Texas. She was the youngest daughter of Bertha Christine (Payne) Brown and John Roscoe Tanner. She married Delbert L. Stolley on April 14, 1956. They were married in Denver. That union lasted until Delbert passed away July 23, 2023. She often said she missed talking to him and having him around the house. She can talk to him all she needs to now.

Sue and Del raised their four children, Delberta “Susi,” Christine, David and Geneva, over the years in Johnstown.

What exactly Granny did for a living is unclear. “Jack of all trades and a master of many” fit her well. In her early married life, she helped Dad in a landscaping business. She then moved on to become a commercial seamstress. She baked pies for a family restaurant where Santiago’s is today. She drove a school bus, worked at The Great Western Sugar Factory and later graduated from Highland Hills Cosmetology School obtaining her cosmetology license. She worked fixing hair in a nursing home in Greeley and later opened her own beauty shop in Johnstown called the “Rat and Chat.”

Mom was known for her ease in frequent conversation with total strangers. This is probably why her favorite jobs were fixing hair and serving as a clerk at the former Hitching Post liquor store in Milliken.

With a zest for life, she loved to travel, especially in a car. A road trip with good snacks, circus peanuts and chips, and a Diet Pepsi was nearly heaven for her. She was a world traveler. She stood in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, looked for the Loch Ness Monster and even kissed the Blarney Stone. Closer to home she traveled Route 66 from the beginning to the end, all thanks to her daughter, Chris, and her husband Bob. She loved all sports, especially baseball and softball. Often, she was seen (and heard) in her motorhome honking for the home team. Everyone on the team knew when Granny was there.

Mom was a good cook and fed anyone who came through her door. She instinctively knew when her sister was coming for a visit because it would always coincide with one of her big pots of vegetable soup. Her chili recipe is a family favorite. She always “cooked for an army” because she didn’t want anyone leaving her house hungry.

Mom absolutely loved a good home-grown tomato. “Can’t find them anymore” she would say. One of her favorite meals was a bologna sandwich on white bread from Hays Market, lettuce, a home-grown tomato, a little bit of onion and a smear of mayo. All smashed flat.

Her surviving family members are numerous, but mainly include: Mother of four children and their spouses: Susi and John Gida, Chris and Bob Faust, David and Laurie Stolley and Geneva and Robert Morford.

Grandmother to nine: Krista (Kade) Davison, Andrew (Summer) Anderson, Kathleen (Joshua) Washburn, Eloise Faust, Tanner Faust, Samuel Stolley, Benjamin Stolley, Alexzandrea Morford and Mackean Morford. She was also a great-grandmother of seven.

She is preceded in death by two sisters and an infant brother.

Her proudest moments were when people referred to her as Granny. She was Granny to many in this community whether they were related or not.

She was a simple woman who loved to be surrounded by family, those who thought of her as family and her beloved dogs. She especially had a soft spot for anything or anyone who she thought needed a helping hand.

Mom will be missed by many. Cremation was conducted and services will be held at a later date. Please plant a tree in her memory. She would have liked that.