Dorris (Kuchera) Carnahan was born to Charles and Myrtle Kuchera on July 23, 1935 in Russel Springs, Kan. She was the fifth of7 children. On account of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression it caused, her father was forced to fmd a job on the Moffat Tunnel in Granby.
Dorris and her family was loaded up, leaving their ranch behind and joined her Dad. When her Dad was hurt working in the Tunnel they moved to the Fulcher Ranch for work. Dorris and her family lived around Granby for about nine years. Dorris’ Dad once again was forced to leave this area because there was no high school and education was very important to him.
They moved to Kremmling, where they worked for the Deberard Cattle Company.
This was home for many years. Dorris’ Dad thought he had a better opportunity, working for the Shindorf family. Once again, they moved but only Dorris’ parents and the three younger children moved as the others were making their own lives. Dorris attended Yampa School where she graduated in 1953. She started to Blair Business College in Denver. She didn’t fmish her education because she had found her “Prince Charming” Vince Carnahan in the hayfield where they were both working that summer.
They were married in December 1954. They set up home at the ranch in Toponas on Aug. 24, 1955. They had a son, Kirk. They bought a house and later build another house in Yampa.
They lived there for many years, where two more children joined the family, Terry in 1957 and Pollard in 1962. Vince worked away a lot and Dorris was the caretaker.
They purchased the Toponas ranch from Vince’s Dad around 1965.
In 1975, they bought the ranch at Maybell.
They worked both ranches until they sold the ranch in Maybell in 1988 because Dorris wanted to move home. They moved back to the ranch in Toponas where they both worked until their death.
Dorris was a great mother, cook, housewife and all around hand. Her heart was outside working on the ranch. She loved to ride and enjoy the cattle. She helped with 4-H groups. She helped around the communities that she lived in. She was a custodian for the Maybell School for many years.
Dorris is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Myrtle Kuchera, one brother, Charles Kuchera, and two sisters, Charlotte Akin and Betty Edmondson, and her beloved husband, Vince Carnahan.
She is survived by two brothers, Kenneth (Eileen) and Robert Kuchera, one sister, Mildred Keirn, three children, Kirk (Kathy) and Pollard Carnahan, Terry (Ernie) Arnold, five grandchildren, Pete and Chris Seewald, James (Katie) and Glen Carnahan and Melissa (Josh) Wolf, four great grandchildren, Austin Seewald, Armina and James Zachary Carnahan, and Wyatt Wolf.
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