Mabel Florence Yoast Green (1918 -- 2005)

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Mabel Florence Yoast Green passed away Jan. 31, 2005, in Meeker. She was 86.

Mabel was born March 16, 1918, to James Marion and Josephine Koll Yoast, who were living in Dunckley Park at the time. Mabel was the sixth of seven children.

Mabel attended the Dunckley School with her brothers and sister. She enjoyed life with her family on the ranch while growing up. The community dances were the highlight of her childhood. At one of these dances, Mabel met Leon Green, whom she married Nov. 27, 1937, in Craig.

After their marriage, the couple moved to Ralph Pitchforth's place on Willow Creek, where Leon fed a herd of cattle. In the spring of 1938, the couple moved to the Miller place on the East Williams Fork River. They moved their belongings in a wagon pulled by a team of horses.

Their daughter, Sally, was born Sept. 6, 1938, at Solandt Memorial Hospital in Hayden. Their son, Jerry, was born July 5, 1941, at Solandt Memorial Hospital. That fall, the family moved one mile down river to the Coffin place.

Mabel and Leon worked on the ranch until Leon passed away in 1984. They lived in the same house with Leon's parents and raised their children there. Mabel and her mother-in-law, Babe Green, got along well. Mabel raised turkeys and sold dressed turkeys for a number of years. She also milked cows, raised a garden, canned fruits, vegetables and meats, worked in the hay field and helped with the cattle.

Mabel owned a horse named Brown Magic that she rode in many ladies cow horse races at rodeos across the Western Slope. She kept time for the ropers when the Hayden Valley Roping Club was started in 1947, and she also was a timekeeper at many rodeos.

Mabel drove a team of horses on the sulky rake when the family hayed with horses. When the ranch started using a tractor and side-delivery rake, Mabel was still the primary raker in the field. Her windrows were perfect.

After Leon passed away, Mabel cared for her mother-in-law until she passed away in 1986. Mabel continued to work on the ranch with her son and daughter-in-law, Judy. Mabel had a vast knowledge of the area and the people of west Routt County. She could trace family histories very accurately.

Her love of her family, friends and the ranch were very important to her. Mabel broke her hip in 2001 and became close friends with Christy Valpey, her rehabilitation therapist. Christy's dedicated friendship was treasured by Mabel during her last couple of years.

Mabel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 46 years, Leon; and four brothers, Milton, Gilbert, Lester and Jim Yoast.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Ingersoll of Buffalo, Wyo.; a brother, Leonard Yoast of Hayden; a daughter, Sally Williamson and her husband, Lee, of Craig; a son, Jerry and his wife, Judy, of Hayden; two grandsons, Jim Williamson and his wife, Debbie, of Windsor, Mo., and Tom Williamson of Denver; a granddaughter, Lisa Jo Smith and her husband, Steve, of Windsor; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A service for Mabel was Feb. 5, 2005, at Hayden Congregational Church. Interment was at Hayden Cemetery.

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