Charlotte "Trish" Whitecloud died Friday, July 31, 2015, in Delta. She was 62.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Delta City Cemetery.
Charlotte Patricia Crane was born in Grand Junction May 5, 1953, to Charles and Betty Crane. She graduated from Delta High School in 1971. She attended Fort Lewis College where she studied fine arts, acting, painting, natural history, sociology, psychology and dendrology.
In 1974 she opened a plant and flower shop in the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, N.M. Also that year, she met Steve Whitecloud.
The family moved to Delta in 1980 where Mrs. Whitecloud worked for the City of Delta. She assisted the city manager, worked in community development, planning and zoning, and was the city council clerk.
She also worked in the parks and rec department and helped start coed softball in Delta. She was the first slowpitch softball umpire. She also helped Delta receive All-America City and Tree City USA honors and created the Delta Tree Board. She was an advocate in the saving of the Last Chance Saloon, which is now the chamber of commerce building.
She had a hand in designing Confluence Park, Mountain View Park and Fort Uncompahgre. She served on the Fort Uncompahgre Living History Museum board for numerous years. She helped create the "Welcome to Delta" signs.
She was an accomplished artist in traditional Indian beadwork as well as leather work, tole and oil painting, watercolor, silk screening, photography and sewing.
She enjoyed her family and friends, fishing, gardening, canning, Halloween, mushroom hunting, crossword puzzles, nature, animals, oddities, cooking, soy sauce on popcorn, art, traveling and Delta.
She is survived by her ex-husband and lifetime friend, Steven Whitecloud and daughter, Leona Morningstar Whitecloud, both of Delta; a sister, Barbara Tracht of Indiana; a brother, Michael Crane of Colorado; and three grandchildren, Devin, Aspen and Mason Spiker, all of Delta.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Betty Crane.
Donations may be made to Taylor Funeral Service to help cover funeral expenses.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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