Doris May Hiatt

April 25, 1913June 22, 2018

Doris May Evans Hiatt, 105, a lifelong resident of the Northern Black Forest area near Eastonville, Colorado passed away Friday, June 22, 2018.

Doris spent her whole life on ranchland homesteaded by the Evans and Hiatt families in the 1800s. She attended school in a one-room building that served the area. Doris graduated from what is now known as the University of Northern Colorado. As a young woman, she taught school in a one-room schoolhouse. Her last teaching contract noted a hand written stipulation advising once Doris married, her contract would be null and void. That day came when she married a bronco buster January 8, 1938. However, this marriage was short lived when her bronco buster was killed in World War II in 1944.

A few years later, Doris married a ranching neighbor, Edgar Elwood Hiatt July 12, 1946 and resided on the same property until she could no longer live at home at age 99.

Doris had many talents. She was a home maker, seamstress, bus driver, and chief cook and bottle washer at the Ponderosa Christian Camp near Monument. She washed clothes through the old wringer washer and hung clothes on the line to dry. Doris raised a huge garden and canned enough fruits and vegetables to feed her family through the winter. Doris cooked a bountiful meal on top the old wood cook stove. Farm raised beef, pork, chicken and farm fresh eggs were staples.

Doris raised four children, Ellen Varhalla of Arkansas, Karen Dale, Fred Hiatt, and Susan McDaniel of Black Forest who survive her. Doris has 9 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild. Doris’s three brothers and three sisters and one grandchild preceded her in death.

We contribute her longevity to clean faithful living, hard work, generosity, and continued effort to remain active. Doris was a devout Christian and attended Black Forest Chapel until her health failed.

A graveside memorial is planned for family and friends Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 at The Bluffs Cemetery in Eastonville, Colorado.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 28, 2018

Doris May Hiatt

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Leilani (Welty) Hornby

June 28, 2018

So sorry to hear of Doris's death. I remember the many times she drove the school bus for our route.
She certainly lived a long, long life and hopefully left many beautiful memories for all of her children, grandchildren, and all heirs. May God bless each of you with an equally full and happy life.