Margaret Jillian Short
Hood Mortuary - Durango
1261 East Third Avenue
Durango, CO
Margaret Jillian Short, who is known by most people as Jill Short, passed away on the evening of June 19th, 2020 surrounded by family and loved ones. She was 78. She was born in Leicester, England to Theresa May Idiens and Arthur Surch. When she was 17 she met her first husband Lyle R. Short. She followed him back to a little town known as Durango, Colorado where she lived for the remainder of her life. She was born in the U.K. and quickly became an American Citizen, something that was a source of great pride for her. During the early years of her life she held jobs including "Sears", "Galloping Goose" and the "Sunnyside Store". Upon closing the Sunnyside Store, she took on the most important job of all, being the matriarch and keystone of her growing family. She loved hosting dinners, parties and dances. Always the entertainer and a gracious host. She loved spending time with her family and helping with her grandchildren in any way possible. Jill is survived by; her husband Raymond Wilber, he was a loving companion for the last years of her life; her sons: Mark (Sue) and Dale (Niky) Short; grandchildren: Mark (Kristen) Jr., Craig (Nikki), Adam and Braeden Short; great-grandchildren: Tenley, Taryn, Traycer, Kylie, Kathryn, Keyton Short; her brother Ray along with extended family in England (UK); her long-time friend Lottie Mendoza and numerous other family members, extended family members and friends. In Lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to a charity of your choice. Services will be held at the Short Residence: 8550 Hwy 550, Durango; viewing at 9:00am and service to follow at 10am on Saturday, June 27, 2020.
To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published by The Durango Herald on Jun. 24, 2020.
at her home
8550 Hwy 550, Durango, CO
Funeral services provided by:
Hood Mortuary - Durango
Please consider a donation as requested by the family.
Sponsored by Hood Mortuary - Durango.
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

5 Entries
A wonderful great aunt who always provided such a welcoming embrace to the extended family whenever we made the journey across from the U.K.

Jill would always go above and beyond to ensure we would have the trip of a lifetime. These are certainly memories I will never forget!

My love and condolences goes to all the family at this difficult time. Jill will be truly missed by us all.
Joe Hyman
June 26, 2020
Jill will always be fondly remembered by us a very good friend and an excellent co-host whilst she was with Ray visiting her very good friend, and our cousin, Wendy Gibson, and her husband Jim in Lander, Wyoming in July 2018. We stayed at Wendy's for several days as did Jill and Ray and we even went with them to Jackson Hole for a visit.
Yes, we have very fond memories of Jill and we would like to offer our condolences to Ray, and to Jill's family at this very sad time.
Michael & Winnie Bolton of Ipswich in the U.K.
Michael Bolton
June 26, 2020
A lovely aunt who guaranteed a warm welcome to all her relatives from across the pond. We have had some lovely holidays and have got some great memories. Our love goes to all the family at this sad time. Will be sadly missed by us all. Kay Dave Keith Ian Angie Andy and mandy
Kay hyman
June 25, 2020
Jill was a great lady, I met her when I became a friend to her sons in school. From her fun attitude to her tough farm girl skills she always made me smile and laugh. I'll always remember her potato soup! May God bring much comfort to the family.
Tim Brown
June 25, 2020
Have known Jill since l was a kid. She always took time to stop and ask how things/ family were. She loved to help people. May her family be blessed with comfort and peace
Ruth Weston Olbert
June 24, 2020
Showing 1 - 5 of 5 results