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Chloris Ardith Pedersen

“Just remember how I loved you all so much and how much I appreciated all your help and caring. I know God blessed me when he gave Stan and I our great family. Till we meet again – Mom”

Chloris Ardith Pedersen, age 85, passed away peacefully on October 1 at Turnberry Place in Fort Collins. Chloris was born on March 29, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Emma and Ed Cherry. She met her husband, Stanley Pedersen, in 1942 on a streetcar in Des Moines. They married on June 17, 1944, at the Puget Sound Navy Yard Chapel in Bremerton, Washington. Chloris and Stan left Des Moines in 1952 and moved to Fort Collins, where they raised their

family of five children. She was a stay-at-home mom until 1965 when she went to work for American Security Life Insurance Company. She and Stan retired in 1983 and moved into their beautiful new home in Estes Park built by their sons, Greg and Jim. They returned to Fort Collins in 2005 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Chloris and Stan celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in June of 2009.

Chloris is survived by five children and their spouses, Larry and Shirley Pedersen, Donna and Dave Koehler, Greg and Kathy Pedersen, Jim and Marlene Pedersen, and Kris and Bob Devore; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren and two on the way; and a sister, Marcella Jeffries, of Houston, Texas.

Chloris was active in the Columbine CSU Extension Club for 59 years. She was very active in her church and involved in Fossil Creek Community Club, her children’s schools, 4-H, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. One of her favorite hobbies was baking and decorating wedding cakes with her sister-in-law Maxine Pedersen.

Chloris made beautiful wedding cakes for all five of her children. She also enjoyed crocheting, ceramics and other crafts. Camping with her family was a favorite pastime. Her faith was strong throughout her life and didn’t falter even in her last hours.

Our family would like to extend a special thanks to the Turnberry and Hospice staff for their special love and care of our mother.

Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 7, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7755 Greenstone Trail, Fort Collins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Wellington or Pathways Hospice, c/o Allnutt, 650 West Drake Road, Fort Collins.

 

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