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Mary Anne (Little) Morton
June 30, 1940 ~ October 24, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
On October 24, 2023, we lost our mother, Mary Anne Morton (Little, Krehbiel). She was 83 years young and lived each one of those years to the fullest.
She was born on June 30th, 1940, in Alliance, Nebraska. She lived most of her young life in Fort Collins, CO. She graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1957 and then 4 years later graduated from Colorado State University.
She married Clair Alden Krehbiel in 1963. They moved around the Denver Metro area, but settled in Colorado Springs, CO., where they adopted two children; Carl (1968) and Cocha (1969). After moving to Wheatridge and Julesburg, the family settled in Gunnison, CO in 1982. Her husband Clair was a nursing home administrator while Mary Anne worked double duty as a homemaker and helped with activities at the nursing home. She also owned her own antique shop at one time and spent an exciting summer in France as a part of a college course. As the kids got older she took a job as a housekeeping supervisor at a resort in Crested Butte. CO. Clair passed away in 1987 and she moved out of state for a year, but moved back to Fort Collins and married Ken Morton in 1989, who passed away in 2000. She lived in Fort Collins until 2017, when she moved to Parker, CO to be closer to her daughter, Cocha, and many of her grandkids. She spent most of her life taking care of other people; whether it be her family, those at husband’s nursing home, or fostering kids later in her life. She enjoyed working with her hands; gardening, sewing, playing the piano, cooking, and quilting. In the last 5 years she put together at least 20 quilts, which were lovingly given to family and friends.
She passed away surrounded by her family, who were very grateful to be with her in her final moments. She is survived by her son Carl Krehbiel, daughter Cocha Heyden (Krehbiel), son-in-law Brad Heyden, grandchildren; Ben Heyden, Savanah Bluejacket (Heyden), grandson-in-law Billy Bluejacket, Seth Heyden, Megan Krehbiel and Amber
Krehbiel, and great-granddaughter Amirah Heyden. She is preceded in death by her first husband Clair Krehbiel and second husband Ken Morton, her brother Tom Little, and both parents; Eugene and Helen Little.
While there are no plans for a formal funeral, her family plan to scatter her ashes in Gunnison, CO where her first husband Clair was laid to rest.