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Rilda Zoe Hunt - December 28, 2013


Rilda Zoe (Craton) Hunt passed away on Dec. 28, 2013, at her Pueblo, Colo., home at age 89. Zoedee, as she was fondly called by her family, was born Dec. 14, 1924, at Scottsbluff, Neb., to Willie A. and Mable G. (Tremain) Craton of LaGrange, Wyo. She was the youngest of four daughters, Stacia, Yola, and Wanda.
Her primary and secondary education was completed at the LaGrange Public School. Post-secondary education included the Immanuel Bible College, Colorado Springs, Colo., where she met her future husband, Lawren C. Hunt. Her Christian life began at 22 years of age and continued to the day of her eternal home going.
Zoe and Lawren were married June 20, 1949, at the Immanuel Missionary Church at LaGrange, Wyo. Together they pastored churches in Carlisle Wyo., Custer, S.D., Colorado Springs, Colo., Wauneta, Neb., Flathead Indian Reservation, Mont., Denver, Colo., Mitchell, Neb., and presently at Pueblo, Colo.
Her children will never forget her squeaky rocking chair, homemade fresh bread, canned peaches, homemade ketchup, Sunday dinner pot roast, cold water chocolate cake with its coconut icing, huckleberry jam, handmade dresses, shirts and ski jackets, her ability to make any house into a home, enormous vegetable gardens, multi-colored petunia beds and of course, her scary Halloween song, “There was an old woman, all skin and bones.”
She was her husband’s singing companion, and steadfast helpmate. She was his church pianist up until just 42 days of her home going. Together, they renovated many a parsonage as they served the Immanuel Missionary Church throughout their 64 years of marriage.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Mable Craton; three sisters: Stacia Wood, Yola Sanders and Wanda Nighswonger; daughter-in-law Ruth (Myers) Hunt; grandsons Ryan Hunt and Brian Hunt.
She is survived by her loving husband, Rev. Lawren C. Hunt of Pueblo, Colo., their 11 children, 42 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren:
Curtiss D. and Janet of Vienna, Austria: Vanessa (Devin) and Chris Jansen (Reyna, Liam), Carilla and Troy Wallin (Oliva, Zoe) and Renatta (Nadija) and Nicholas Fasching (Felix);
W. Keith and Susan of South Dakota: Jeff and Susan (Colton and Weston), Chad, and Martin and Bethany (Carolina, Georgia, Dakota);
Sharen M. and Lee Rickenbach of Guatemala: Daniel and Michelle (Levi), James and Rachel (Amanda and Anna), Rose, and Andrew and Katie;
?Linda M. and David Mertzweiller of Nebraska: Samuel and Chalnessa (Grant, Morgan, Levi, Matthew), James and Alicia (Cierra, Tryell), Tim and Emily, Rebecca, Ruth and James Jones, Sharon and Seth Keck (Aaron), Seth and Stephen;
Ronald G. and Jan of Alaska: Nathan and Alicia (Jonathan), Bryan and Faith and Janan and Ezra Byer;
Derald D. and Kimberly of North Carolina: Marlene and Ben Reynolds (Cassie, Titus, Shane), Duane and Annette (Ryan, Aaron, Brandon, Logan), Nathan and Hayley (Jordan, Avielle), and Judy;
Gary K. and Rebecca of Nebraska: John, Leanne, Melisa and Jonathan Klentz, Krystal and Julie;
Glenn L. of Colorado: (Denise: Angela and Matt Blackledge (Clayton) and Virginia; and Jeannie Bartholomew: (Lakeisha);
Beverly Z. and John Myers of South Carolina: J. Anthony, Andrew, Aaron and Joyanna;
Maria K. Hunt of Colorado;
Dennis L. of Indiana: (Rachel: Matthew, Luke, Elizabeth, Edna) and Bethany Joslin: (Jeremy).
Viewing was held 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 in the Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel, Pueblo, Colo.
Service and Celebration of her life was held at 11:00 a.m Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Faith Covenant Bible Chapel, 1311 Columbine Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colo. Officiant was Pastor Rodney Stearns with music provided by Martin and Beth Hunt and children, Donald and Audrey LeFever and Hazel Sanders.
Graveside service and interment were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan 9, at the LaGrange Cemetery, LaGrange, Wyo. Prayers and support for the family have been appreciated.