Maureen Funston Obituary – Maureen A. Funston passed away without incident on April 4, 2023 in Grand Junction. She was 85 years old. In Oregon City, Oregon, on September 26, 1937, Maureen Ranger was brought into the world by her parents, Maurice and Ruth (Borrevik) Ranger. After a protracted illness, Maureen’s mother passed away when she was 12 years old. As a result, Maureen and her younger brother David were forced to spend the most of their childhood boarding with various relatives located across the states of Washington and Oregon.
Her perspective on life was altered as a result of this moment in her life. She was adamant that her home be one that welcomed and cared for people of different backgrounds. After graduating from Coulee Dam High School in 1954, she didn’t have to wait long to find the man she would spend the rest of her life with in Donald Funston. Don and Maureen were married on June 2, 1956, in a modest ceremony held in Omak, Washington.
After their wedding, they moved in together and made their home in Coulee Dam until he was transferred to Collbran, Colorado, in 1962. They made the move to Montrose in 1965, and it was there that they would remain as their primary residence for the subsequent 54 years. In the years leading up to her retirement in 2001, Maureen held bookkeeping positions first at the Montrose Federal Credit Union and afterwards for Dr. Wayne Curry.
Maureen was a very sociable person, and her favorite pastimes were ones in which she could spend time with her friends and family. Her hobbiess included quilting, hiking in the San Juan Mountains, tending to her rose garden, and holding tea parties. After Don and Maureen retired, one of their favorite activities was to travel the world with their friends. They visited all 50 states, as well as several countries in Europe and Asia.
Her confidence in Jesus Christ permeated every aspect of her existence. She was quite active in the Montrose First Presbyterian Church, where she served multiple terms as both a deacon and an elder, and she also sang in the choir for a very long time. She was always looking for an excuse to have people over to her house because she enjoyed entertaining guests there so much. She was outgoing, full of spirit, and possessed a quick wit; as a result, she had the unique ability to make other people laugh and provide comfort, if only for a brief period of time.
Even though she will be much missed by many, today is the day she has been waiting for; today is the day she is welcomed home to live with her eternal father and to join her eternal family. Survived by three children: daughter Wendy (Richard) White of Grand Junction, daughter Debra (Graham Frontella) Funston of Newcastle, and son Dale (Vera Low) Funston of Colorado Springs; also leaves behind seven granddaughters and thirteen great-grandchildren.
The family is making preparations for a personal get-together at a later time.
Instead of sending flowers or making a monetary donation, Maureen’s family asks that you instead remember her by going out of your way to bring a smile to the face of a complete stranger and greeting them warmly. fThe family is being helped by Crippin Funeral Home, located in Montrose.