Lovelander dies week after rescuing dog from ditch
Fran Ores will be remembered for her devotion — not only to her family, but to the community, her church, her friends and even her dog.
She died, after all, saving her pet.
“She was very involved in the community and charitable acts,” said her brother, E.J. Bodnar. “She reached a wide variety of people in a positive way.”
On Friday, Ores, a 48-year-old Loveland woman, died at McKee Medical Center. She had slipped into a ditch while rescuing her dog more than a week ago.
“She will be greatly missed,” Bodnar said.
Ores and a friend were horseback riding west of Loveland May 24 when Ores noticed her golden retriever, Sienna, had disappeared. Ores tied up her horse to look for her dog.
She found Sienna struggling in the Home Supply Ditch west of Loveland. She tried to reach the dog with a branch as she anchored herself to the side of the ditch. Instead, she slipped into the rushing water and was swept downstream.
Her friend called 911. By the time rescue workers found Ores about half a mile downstream, she had been underwater for about 20 minutes.
Her dog was taken to Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she was treated for shock and several wounds and cuts and was later released.
Bodnar gave thanks on behalf of the family to the staff at McKee Medical Center and the community for their continued support and prayers.
Ores is survived by her husband, Nick, and daughter, Laura, 19.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loveland