Mamie Louise Bugay was born Nov. 1, 1920, to Joseph Rolando Sr. and Blanche (Waggoner) Rolando in Oak Creek. Mamie attended grade school in Oak Creek until her family moved to Victor, where her father worked for the Wadge Mine. Mamie graduated from Hayden Union High School in 1938. Mamie passed away Feb. 16, 2008.
Mamie met Charles "Charlie" Bugay in Mount Harris, and they were married Oct. 29, 1938. Mamie and Charlie enjoyed camping and fishing in the summer. They loved the outdoors and especially the Seedhouse area on the Upper Elk River. If they couldn't be found there, they probably went to the Stillwater area above Yampa.
To this union were born three children, Barbara Joan, who died in infancy; Charmaine (Max) Ciani; and Dennis (Kala) Bugay. Mamie was blessed with six grandchildren, Rick and Mike Ciani, Jennifer Albert, Jason Bugay, Sadie Herndon and Jon Bugay, all of Craig. Mamie has many great-grandchildren and even some great-great-grandchildren.
Charlie preceded Mamie in death. In her retirement years, Mamie's favorite trip was to go to the Craig Church of Christ to worship and then hit Kmart and yard sales. Then she'd go visit the kids and grandkids at Dennis and Kala's or Charmaine and Max's house.
Mamie was an active member of the Mount Harris Church Club, Hayden Church of Christ and Craig Church of Christ. Mamie's own mother died when she was very young, leaving Mamie to care for her brother and sister. She never lost that nurturing spirit, and she was always available when someone needed help, especially the shut-ins and elderly in Hayden. She would offer them rides to Craig to the doctor or just to go shopping.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Blanche; her father, Joseph; her daughter Barbara; her brothers Gene Rolando and Orville Rolando; and her sister, Mary.
She is survived by her brothers Joe Rolando Jr. and Donald Rolando; in addition to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and others.
One constant with Mamie was that her door was always open, and everyone was welcome. And, of course, you never left hungry. She never met a stranger. Mamie always spoke her mind and was not afraid to offer her opinion. Her perceptive advice and
big heart will be missed by
all who knew her and loved her. If you see an eagle soaring or a hummingbird happens by, stop for a moment and remember a fantastic mother, grandmother and friend.