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Obituary: Annette Rock

Photo Credit: Staff report | The Southern Ute Drum


ROCK – Annette Helena Rock was born in Towaoc to Alice Washington Rock and Bryan Rock.  She was the youngest of five children; Rose Rock, Mercedes Rock Baker, Grace Rock Gallegoes, Bryan Rock Jr, Donald William Rock.

From Towaoc, the family moved to the spring creek area, where her family farmed and raised cattle.  Eventually the family moved south of Bayfield where she spent her childhood helping her family by weeding the strawberry garden with her brother Billy.

She always looked forward to, when her big brother Bryan snuck off from working in the fields to play dolls with her until Grandpa Rock would call him back to work. One thing she truly loved doing was riding her horse to the neighbors to visit and adventure around the area.

She attended the Ute Vocational school where she loved playing basketball, being a majorette, and hanging out with all her friends.

She loved telling her kids stories of her days spent doing crazy things with all her friends.

Annette started her family with her first daughter Annilice, followed by six more children; Renee, Bryan, Bobbie, Yvette, Charles, Ray Jr, and one nephew Roger Sage. She moved to the La Boca area with her husband Ray and her children, where they farmed and raised cattle.

Annette was a great cook who was always providing great meals for the long cattle drives. She was a good mother, teaching her kids great values that they are able to pass onto their children.

After losing her husband, she would spend her days at the Sky Ute Casino where she made friends with many of the staff and patrons.  She always spent holidays, birthdays and other special occasion with her family, her daughter-in law Lori and ex-son-in laws, John Weaver, Jack Frost Jr., and Melvine Valdez, whom she loved all very much.

Annette had 8 grandkids and 7 great grandkids and was looking forward to the arrival of 2 more great grandkids, but unfortunately she did not get to see them.

During her life she battled with rheumatoid arthritis that disfigured her, but being the strong lady that she was, she overcame this and lived everyday to the fullest.

During the end dementia started to set in, these medical conditions are what she succumbed to. Her family pulled together and supported her to the end.

The family of Ms. Annette, would like to extend our gratitude for the support, contributions and flowers that you and your family have provided for us during this difficult time. It was all truly appreciated. Thank you, Renee and family, Bobbie and family, Yvette and family, and Ray Jr. and family.

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