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In Memory

Margaret Mary Somervell

February 15, 2012

Margaret Mary Somervell, 86, of Fort Collins, died peacefully February 14, at her home, with her loving family at her bedside.

Her devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was well-timed with her passing on Valentine's Day.

Mary was born August 31, 1925, in Denver, to Francis and Emily (Palrang) McCord.

Mary met Willis Lewis "Slim" Somervell, Jr. (Retired Capt. USN) in Monterey, Calif. They married in Kerrville, Texas, on July 25, 1949, and received an Apostolic Blessing from Pope John Paul II in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1999.

Mrs. Somervell was a registered nurse, wanting to begin her career by the ocean in Monterey, Calif., and then followed Slim's naval career moves to Virginia, Norway, California and Japan. Mary received her B.S. from University of Colorado, Boulder, and completed her Nurse Practitioner degree from Brigham Young University. Upon Slim's retirement from the Navy in 1970, the family moved first to Boulder, and in 1972 settled in Rist Canyon for 30 years before moving to Fort Collins in 2003. Mary worked as a clinical nurse specialist at the Colorado State University Health Services Center, and enjoyed her work both in the clinic and at the CSU Forestry camp at Pingree Park.

Among her passions were flower arrangements, her plants, cooking, tending her ranch animals and garden in Rist Canyon, supporting Slim's active involvement in the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department and local Republican party politics. Her organizations included Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and the Retired Officers Association. The Somervells are members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Mary lived with Parkinson's disease among her ailments and endured many years of chronic pain. She did not complain but offered up her suffering to Our Lord on the Cross.

This dear lady's greatest pleasures were praying for those in need, which included traveling around the world on holy pilgrimages, feeding the wild birds outside her home windows, and especially spending time with her beloved husband and devoted family.

Survivors include her loving husband, Willis Lewis Somervell, Jr.; son, Willis Lewis "Bill" Somervell, V, of San Diego, Calif.; daughters, Mary Cathleen (David) Wilson of Fort Collins, Frances Somervell Johnson of Virginia Beach, Va., Maureen Patricia Somervell-Bath of Fort Collins, Joann Louise (James) Hards of Durango, Colo.; and thirteen grandchildren, Holly (John) Johnson, Mary Wilson, Katherine (Peter) Leininger, Kevin Johnson, Christine (Drew) Cole, Willis Somervell VI, Joseph Somervell, Roger Somervell-Bath, Michael Somervell-Bath, Joseph Somervell-Bath, Chadwick Hards, Heather Hards and James Hards; three great-grandchildren, Jack Leininger, Ezekiel Somervell-Bath and Jax Johnson; and sister-in-law, Harriett Somervell Peters of Abingdon, Virginia. Her four-legged friends include Ralphie and Hank.

Preceding Mary in death are her parents, Francis and Emily, and a baby boy.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday February 16, at Bohlender Funeral Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 17. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Ft. Collins, CO 80524. Friends may send condolences to the family at

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009