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Cordelia "Corky" Monroe

July 2, 1945 — March 29, 2023

Burlington, CO

Cordelia “Corky” Monroe passed away on March 29, 2023 at the Aspen Leaf Assisted Living Center in Stratton, CO.

Corky was born to Clyde and Emma Mullis on July 2, 1945 in Burlington, Colorado. She was the youngest of 4 children. She got the name Corky from her oldest brother because he couldn’t say Cordelia.  During high school Corky babysat and later worked at William’s Café on Main Street in Burlington. She spent her money on the movies and Elvis Presley albums of which she had many. She saw every movie that he made more times than you can count. As a young girl she enjoyed “dragging main” with her girlfriends, roller skating and going to the movie theatre.  She was a member of the Four Square Church in Burlington. It was at one of the church skating parties where she met Loran Monroe. The two got married in June of 1963 after Corky graduated from High school.  They lived in Goodland, Kansas until after their first daughter was born when they moved back to Burlington where their other 3 daughters were born. While in Burlington, Corky babysat for a friend. She was a member of the Rebekah’s for many years.

In 1973, the family moved to a farm north of Stratton where she helped with the dairy and farming. She also raised 300 chickens for family members and gardened. Corky also enjoyed sewing and crocheting.  She was a 4-H leader for 16 years when her children were in 4-H.

In 1993, she and Loran separated and she moved back to Burlington where she went to work for Alco. She worked there for over 20 years until they closed and she retired.  She enjoyed her job and visiting with the customers. She always said she missed the people after she quit working.

Corky enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids. She was very proud of all of them.

Corky is preceded in death by her parents Clyde and Emma, son-in-law Terry Brachtenbach,  sister Eileen Weis, sister-in-law Jeanette Mullis,  niece Georgie Ann Mullis, nephew David Mullis, brother-in-law Bernard Clark and niece Cathy Sevrin.

She is survived by her daughters Darla (Verlan) McDonald of Kirk, CO. Donna (Sheldon) Tatkenhorst of Stratton, CO. Deena (Roger) Peck of Wiggins and Debra (Donnie) Voss of Burlington.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- great- grandchildren, John Brachtenbach, Terry, Faith and Aria of Yuma, CO, Katlyn ( Justin) Meyers, Caroline and Sophia of Arriba, CO, Lynae Swiggert and Leighley of Bethune, CO, Altaira (Terri) Gipson, Brogan, Kross and Noah of Colorado Springs, CO, Summer McDonald of Colorado Springs, CO, Sterling (Heather) McDonald and Reese of Idalia, CO, Michael Tatkenhorst of Bird City, KS, Crystal Tatkenhorst of Norton, KS, R.J (Jess) Peck, Atia and Elizabeth of Greeley, CO, Monroe (Allie) Peck, Sammie and baby Peck of Wiggins, CO, Kara (Phillip) Hillis, Oliver of Colby, KS; as well as her brothers Gene Mullis of Burlington, CO, and Russ Mullis of Milliken, CO, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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