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Joan (Ronnie) Veronica Hales

Joan (Ronnie) Veronica Hales passed away on April 9th, 2020 at her home with her husband Mike Hales of Ogden Utah and her bestest friend in the whole wide world Chloe at her side.  Ronnie passed away at the age of 65 after a year long battle with brain cancer.

Ronnie was born to parents Gertrude Cordova and Geronimo (Jerry) Duran in a small town in Southern Colorado (Ortiz) on April 22nd 1954. Ronnie was raised in California, Utah, and Idaho. Ronnie is survived by Mike Hales (Husband), her father Geronimo (Jerry) Duran (Ofelia) UT, her stepfather Albert Cordova CO, her children Anita Miller CA, Kathie Hernandez TX, and Joey Duran (Stephanie) CA.  Ronnie had 11 Grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. She is survived by her siblings Rose Vanderpool (Ron) CO, Joey Sanchez (Danita) CO, Dolores Atencio (Paul) CO, Racael Gonzales (Wally) CO.  Ronnie was preceded in death by her sister Anita Duran, her precious mother Gertrude Cordova , her Maternal grandparents, Antonio Valdez and Esmiria Salazar Valdez and Paternal Grandparents Celestino Duran and Rosemary Duran, her Aunt Genevive Duran, and her Uncles: Carlos Duran, Toribio Valdez, Albert Valdez, Richard Valdez, Raymond Valdez, Eugene Valdez and her “Jack Kitty”.

Ronnie lived a full and wonderful life. Some of Ronnie’s favorite hobbies were scrapbooking, landscaping, bead work, interior decorating, riding the Harley, camping and being outdoors. Ronnie was a champion of animal rights/she believed that all pets should be treated as you would like to be treated. Some precious moments recalled by Ronnie’s siblings were summer camping trips, pinon picking, meal sharing and cooking. In the last year of Ronnie’s life, her hearts cry for everyone was “don’t take anything for granted.  Life is too precious, and it is so beautiful.” Ronnie often verbalized her appreciation for her husband and siblings during her battle with cancer.  Ronnie referred to her siblings as her “Warrior soldiers” and she was the “warrior” going into battle.  Ronnie proudly said that her family, many nieces and nephews and furbabies were the most wonderful thing in her life.  Ronnie came to find the Genesis Church where she found much comfort, peace and excitement in her spiritual pursuit. Ronnie’s last wish was to reunite with her children and to spend Easter with her grandchildren. One day that day will come.

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A candle was lit in memory of Joan (Ronnie) Hales

Mitzi Apr 28 2020 12:00 AM

Oh sweet Ronnie where do I start, we have been friends for many years. You have ssen me at my worst and my best. I will miss sunday worship with you. I was so excited to see you at church, it was great having a friend that shared the same beliefs. I know you are without pain now. Mike I send my deepest sympathy, you have been such a great husband and friend to Ronnie. I pray for comfort for you in such a hard time and hope that faith will carry you thru. Ronnie you will be missed..........godspeed

Krystal Apr 16 2020 12:00 AM

Memories of my sister,
Going back to when I was a little girl. I remember my big sister being so.. beautiful! The way she dressed, did her hair, and nails, was so impressive! She always looked so stunning! I remember thinking, "when I grow up, I hope I'll be as beautiful as her."!
I admired all her wonderful talents! She was so creative! She could make something old, look brand new! Once she put her touch of creativity and love in it, it was perfect!
She loved what Spring time would bring."The smell of rain, and all the colorful flowers in bloom. "New life, is how she saw it".
Choosing what umberella to go out in the rain was fun for her! She collected as many umberella's as she could. All bright and beautiful, just as she was.
We had lots of laughs! One year for Halloween, we bought old men masks and drove down Washington Boulevard in Ogden with her convertible top down. Passing people in cars, and watching the expressions on their faces was unforgettable! We laughed so.. hard, our stomachs hurt!
Another memory with my sister, was when I was about 12 or 13 years old. It was a nice Summer day. She took me for a ride in her cute little sports car. She had the top down, and we drove up Ogden Canyon. I thought I was so cool riding with my big sis, in her nice car! The wind blowing in our hair, speeding so fast! xxxxx- can't say what she taught me to do for the first time!
Once I grew up, I didn't see her much, as I moved to Colorado. We visited, maybe once a year if even that. However, when we finally saw each other, it was always special! Our love for each other was unconditional!
I am so thankful God gave me my sister! She truly blessed my life!
I am so sorry my sister got sick so young! Although I understand, we all will take our turn. One day we will meet again. We will embrace and love each other like it was just yesterday. Until that day, I will miss my sister. However, my faith in God assures me that this isn't the end. I look forward to what awaits my future with all of my loved ones!With the Lord, one day is like one thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. Nothing can compare to what awaits us all in heaven! No more sickness, pain or suffering!
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. Praise God!

Dolores Atencio Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

I love you

Rose Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

We will have a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Sis, this is so unreal! Every step taken to get to here; writing this is breaking my heart more and more! I loved our time spent together! We had so much fun we were there for each other through thick and thin. Our laughter, joy, love and yes, when we would piss one or the other off we still loved and moved on. I can you see out my front yard standing in the trees and up Pinos Creek when we were camping this past July! I see you in your home no matter if you felt bad you stilled smiled and loved us up!! When you went in to the hospital in May for surgery!! You yelled!! I'm a WARRIOR!! When you came out you yelled I'm a WARRIOR!! We your sisters,brother your husband, family and friends were your soilder's outside in the waiting room. Your preserverance during rehabilitation to recuperate quickly so that you could go home was astonishing. You are an inspiration to me sis. I always knew you were tough. I just didn't know how tough, your fight and determination; I hope to have that as well. I love you so much and I am going to miss you so much more. Your laugh, your machiviousness everything..I love you..your sister warrior-Rose

Rose Vanderpool Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joan (Ronnie) Hales

Rose Vanderpool Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

My sister!! The realization of your passing as we move through the process is more real. I am going to miss you so much! Even though we were miles apart I still held you in my heart and cherised out times spent together. When we would hang on Sundays. How we helped each other out when we needed one another. The crazy shenanigans we pulled. Our love for each other is strong!! In the last year in a half you jumped obstacles by leaps and bounds. When you went in for surgery back in May, you went in yelling "I'm a Warrior!!" and came out and said "I'm a Warrior" We, your sisters, brother, husband, family and friends prayed as we were your Soilders standing firm that you would pull through, and that you did. Your strength and determiniation your vigilant stance as a Warrior is such a inspiration to all, your love of life and all the little things around that would inspire you to create. Sis, I see you in my front lawn by the aspen trees standing there with your pink scarf, I see you in the mountains camping up at Pinos Creek with your loved ones gathered around you. My heart is broken but I know where you are and there is comfort.

"It is believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved."

I know you are in heaven looking down on us. Life is perfect now, just like you like. I think God had a plan for you, he needed you, it was time to landscape and design His place in the sky! To help Him prepare a place for us, He can trust you to complete this task for you are His beautiful daughter of the most high!!!

Rose Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joan (Ronnie) Hales

Rose Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

My beautiful sister.. you will forever be in my heart! I love you and will miss you so much. You are a true Warrior Ice Cream with Sprinkles will always remind me of you. I love you my dear sister.. until we meet again. You are now reunited with our momma.. I know she was waiting for you and welcomed you with open arms.. please give her a hug and kiss. This is not goodbye my sister its see you in Heaven...

Racael Gonzales Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

Memories of my big sister. Where do I start.
I remember as a very little girl admiring how beautiful she was. I would think, I hope one day I could be as beautiful as you!
I remember you taking me for a ride in your "nice" small,convertible sport car.
It was Halloween and we bought old men masks and drove down Washington Boulevard in Ogden, UT. Cars passed us by laughing at us and were were cracking up! 2nd time you took me up Ogden Canyon in the Summer. It was great! I loved it! You were so cool!!
I admired you for everthing you did. You were so creative! You were decorative, and what you could do in a yard was beyond my imagination! You were so good at landscaping! I remember you always saying you loved life! You loved the mountains! You loved love!! My sister there are so many more memories of you. I will forever remember them and cherish them!
You will forever remain in my heart and my soul!
I look forward to meeting again. Love you forever sister!!

Dolores Atencio Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM