Submitted by News Staff on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:26am
Feb. 4, 1935~Aug. 27, 2014.
Esther Fazzi, 79, of Burnet died Aug. 27, 2014. She was born Feb. 4, 1935, in Chinook, a small town in northeastern Montana. She grew up on the river on what was called the Missouri Breaks, living in a root cellar that was later enlarged into a log cabin. She was the youngest of six kids. She loved everything outdoors and enjoyed riding the range with her brothers, Jack and Sonny. She went to a small country school and was taught by her older sister, Catherine. She and her brother Jack moved to town in the eighth grade. They lived in a small apartment until she graduated high school. She barrel raced in high school and went on to try bareback riding after high school. She married Jimmie Gilbert and moved to Missouri for a short time. She eventually moved to Colorado in 1959 and lived there for the next 48 years. It was there she met and married Richard Fazzi Jr. They spent their time traveling and enjoying afternoon coffee at the Silt Café. The couple would also visit friends and family while on their trips. He preceded her in death. In 2007, after her husband died, she moved to the Texas Hill Country to be near her children. While in the Lone Star State, she made many friends and became a regular on senior night at Pardners Dance Hall, enjoying the live music. In addition to her second husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Frances and Betty,. and a brother, Sonny. She is survived by: her daughter, Janis Pretti; son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Sammy Gilbert; her sister, Catherine Morgan and her brother, Jack Giest.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Tony Pretti, Kelly and Brian Diaz and CJ Gilbert.; and several great-grandchildren. Those who would like to honor her and her passion for animals are invited to make a memorial contribution in her name to a local animal shelter or to Christ Yoder Animal Shelter, 9150 W RR 1431, Buchanan Dam, Texas 78609 or Rifle Animal Shelter, 569 CR 265, Rifle, Colorado 81650. A memorial service will be held on Sept.13, 2014, in Rifle, Colorado. Condolences may be offered to www.clementswilcoxburnet.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home Burnet, Texas.
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