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Cleo  Bertie

January 17, 1929 – December 1, 2018

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Obituary for Cleo Bertie Day

Cleo Bertie (McColm) Day went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 1, 2018 at the age of 89.
Cleo was born on January 17, 1929 in Lakin Kansas to Owen Bentley McColm and Maudie Louisa (Ginther) McColm. She was one of nine children. During her childhood she and her family lived in Poncha Springs, Mineral Hot Springs in the San Luis Valley, and ultimately settled in Florence. Cleo was homecoming queen and graduated from Florence High School in 1947.
Cleo married Willis Day on October 11, 1947. Together they raised their seven children; Cathleen (George) Goodwin, Mitchell Day, Diane (John) Mahlberg, Jennifer (Jerry) Burtard, Colleen (Gary) Carroll, Kevin (Gayla) Day, and Judy (Randy) Sawyer.
Throughout their 71 years of marriage, Cleo and Willis owned and operated several different businesses, including grocery stores/meat markets in the Canon City area, a game center in Florence and the Wetmore General Store in Wetmore, CO. Cleo was the first female Custer County Commissioner and served two terms.
Cleo was a strong woman of faith and this was evident to everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. Demonstrating compassion and love for others is how she lived her life every day. She loved being a grandmother and great-grandmother. Her dog, CC, was her “baby.” Cleo was known for miles around for her homemade pies and chicken noodle soup. She could make a meal out of nothing. A lot of people did not know that she was an excellent writer and poet. The whole family loved hearing her recite “Annie and Willie’s Prayer” every Christmas Eve.
Welcoming Cleo in Heaven is her parents, siblings, daughter, Judy and grandson, Jason Mahlberg.
She is survived by her husband, Willis; her six children; sixteen grandchildren, David (Trena) Goodwin, Willis (Diana) Day, Jamie Mahlberg, Wendy (Tim) Conley, Carrie (Zeke) Porter, Heidi (Chad) Bair, Josh (Anna) Carroll, Joe Burtard, Cody Day, Dominic (Lora) Day, Jared Burtard, Meagan (Mike) Kilcoyne, Casey (Stephanie) Day, Kelly (Zach) Kruis, Caleb Sawyer, Katie Sawyer; and twenty five great-grandchildren.
“My dear family, don’t think of me as in the cold barren earth. Remember, I am with my Savior and my God and I can sing praises to him forever more. Come join me, I am waiting for you. - Love Mom”
Mom- “We love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck, a barrel and a heap and I am talking in my sleep about you.”
Funeral service, 10:00 a.m. Saturday December 8, 2018 at Evangelical Free Church. Burial will follow at Mountain Vale Cemetery in Canon City.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Sangre De Cristo Hospice.
Services have been entrusted to Holt Family Funeral Home.

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Service Information

Saturday, December 8th, 2018 10:00am
Evangelical Free Church
3000 East Main Street
Canon City, CO

Interment Information

Mountain Vale Memorial Park
1700 Chestnut St.
Canon City, CO 81212