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Empty Saddles - Obituaries

 Florence Branco

CHOWCHILLA, CA – Florence Mary (Maddalena) Branco, 86, passed away in Chowchilla April 25, 2017 after a long illness. Florence was born March 24, 1931 at home to Peter and Aurelia Maddalena in Chowchilla. They were proud Swiss Italians. She had three brothers and four sisters.

 Pete Woolsey  

Our buddy Pete Woolsey, of Dewey, Ariz. passed away April 20, 2017 at home. He was born in Safford, Ariz., April 25, 1940. A gathering of friends will be held at a later date.

Following is a portion of the Spin to Win article “Meet  The Roper” piece that ran in 2011. which gives a glimpse of Pete and why everyone thought so highly of him.

Courtesy Spin To Win & WSTR

 Michelle Green  

Michelle Green of Wister, Oklahoma, passed away March 22 in an automobile accident near her home. She was born May 30, 1959, in Walnut Creek, Calif.

 Nancy Hunter at RodeoHouston 2015  

By Hope Sickler
Courtesy FloRodeo.com

Two-time NFR qualifier Nancy Hunter peacefully passed away at her home March 12, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Hunter’s family was by her side as she took her last breath before she joined her best friend and NFR mount “Fuzz” at Heaven’s Gate’s.

 Garley Amos  

WINNEMUCCA, NV – Garley Amos was honored as the 2017 “Ranch Hand of the Year.” It wasn’t the first time the longtime Humboldt County resident, rancher, community enthusiast and activist was recognized for his contribution.