Rose Marie Martin Halley

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Former Durango resident Rose Marie Martin Halley died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in Salt Lake City. She was 88.

Mrs. Halley was born to Charles Lewis and Agnes May Sheedy Martin on Oct. 28, 1923, at their home in Fredonia, Kan.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, Kan. Her family said she majored in chemistry because of the challenge it presented.

After graduation, Mrs. Halley moved to Denver to work as a laboratory technician at St. Joseph’s Hospital. That’s where she met Dr. Tullius Halley, when he was working on his medical residency in surgery. The couple married on July 14, 1947, in Denver.

In 1952, the Halleys moved to Durango, where Dr. Halley joined Dr. Leo W. Lloyd in medical practice.

Mrs. Halley was a devout Catholic. The Halleys were members of St. Columba Parish, where Mrs. Halley was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a charter member of Chapter FX of PEO in Durango, delivered Meals on Wheels, volunteered for the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary and was a faithful member of the Durango Motleys, a group that met socially.

Mrs. Halley enjoyed reading, playing bridge, doing needlework and sewing projects, gardening, travel adventures, jeeping in the Southwest Colorado mountains and listening to music. She cherished the time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren, her family said.

Dr. and Mrs. Halley moved to Utah in 1999.

Mrs. Halley was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Tullius Halley; and sons Tom Halley and Tim Halley.

She is survived by her children David Halley of Grand Junction, Anne Halley of Salt Lake City, Chuck Halley of Arcadia, Calif., Paul Halley of Fort Worth, Texas, Mike Halley of Seattle and Jean Halley of Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated and rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2012, at St. Columba Catholic Church, 1830 East Second Ave., Durango. Burial will take place afterward at Greenmount Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cristo Rey Kansas City High School, 211 W. Linwood, Kansas City, MO 64111 or; or a charity of one’s choice.