Former Hayden resident Virginia Green More passed away Feb. 13, 2007, from complications due to multiple myeloma cancer. She was 86.
She was born on May 29, 1920, at the old Hauck home on Sand Creek in Pagoda. She was the daughter of William S. and Elizabeth Dorey Green. She had two brothers, Leon and Raymond Green. Virginia lived and worked during her youth on her grandfather's homestead, Crags Centennial cattle ranch on the East Fork of the Williams Fork River south of Hayden. She was a third generation Coloradoan. Virginia attended schools on the Williams Fork and in Hayden. She graduated from Hayden Union High School in the class of 1937.
Virginia met Alfred LaVergne More in Hayden at her softball game when she was just 17 years old. They dated for several years and then eloped to Manilla, Utah, on Nov. 28, 1939. Vergne and Virginia had three children, Judy Kay, born Aug. 14, 1940, Larry Allen, born Feb. 3, 1943 and Jody Alice Elizabeth, born Nov. 28, 1950. Judy Kay died Feb. 24, 1944, when she was 3 1/2 years old.
Virginia was a hard worker all her life, working at ranches, cooking, waiting tables and managing restaurants, including T & J's in Hayden and the Harbor Hotel in Steamboat.
Virginia and Vergne worked for several ranches in Routt County, on the Elk River, Pleasant Valley and the Williams Fork. During 1945 and 1946, while her husband served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Virginia and Larry lived at Trappers Lake Lodge where she worked the restaurant and cleaned cabins.
The More family moved to Fort Collins in 1952. Virginia cooked at and managed a number of restaurants in Fort Collins, such as Vern's Cafe, The Townhouse, The Thunderbird, The Palomino and Campus Bowl restaurant. She could cook and wait tables at the same time better than most people could individually do either. She had a valued reputation as a cook and had a following as she moved from place to place. People not only liked her cooking, but her sense of humor and her work ethic. She also managed several resorts along the Poudre Canyon, including Mishawaka Resort. Virginia and Vergne owned and worked a janitorial service in their spare time.
Virginia had many hobbies throughout the years including sewing, croqueting, embroidering, quilting, gardening, canning, bowling, horseshoes and supporting her family's sporting events and rodeos. She loved baseball games and played softball in her younger years. She especially loved dancing polkas, waltzes and square dancing with her husband. She was quite a fisherwoman and challenged Vergne and others to many fishing contests throughout the years.
Virginia and Vergne retired in 1979 and moved to Craig. They lived on Ashley Road until they moved into the Walbridge Wing in Meeker together in August 2006. On Nov. 28, 2006, they celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary together in Meeker.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and her daughter.
She is survived by her husband, Alfred LaVergne More; her son, Larry Allen More of Craig; her daughter, Jody Alice Elizabeth Bernard of Phoenix, Ariz.; her three grandchildren, Michelle Billingsly of Visalia, Calif., Kati More of Steamboat Springs and Melanie Smith of Colorado Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moffat County Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.