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Arlene Louise Zato

Arlene Louise Zato, was the daughter of Loyd Kenneth Cork and Pearl Agness Puler, and was born on May 3, 1923 in Hayden, Colorado.  She lived up on the cog just outside Hayden, Colorado.  She attended and graduated high school in Hayden.  Arlene met the love of her life Steve Zato and the two were married shortly after.  Arlene and Steve bought some land and started a ranch that they ran until 1994.  In addition to running the ranch Arlene joined her husband delivering the mail on a rural mail route.  Steve delivered mail for 56 years and Arlene for 46 years.  Arlene was very fond of all the farm animals and when asked what her favorite was she always said the baby lambs.  She enjoyed hand feeding the "bum" lambs that she called "bummies".  She also loved her outdoor cats as well.   She tended a very large chicken coop and was a certified egg "candeler", and delivered fresh eggs to those on the mail route when people wanted them.  When asked what her hobbies were she just said, "Working on the ranch".
Shortly after the death of her beloved Steve in 1994, Arlene sold the ranch and briefly lived in a small house in Craig, Colorado.  Arlene later moved into The Haven, an assisted living facility in Hayden.  She was known in the facility as a real witty joker that the staff was very fond of.  Arlenee later moved to The Commons in Grand Junction to be close to her nephew and niece in-law Dean and Jody Cork, and Arlene brought her humor and wit with her.  Staff commented frequently on her funny one liners.  Arlene spoke often of "her Steve" missed him very much and wanted to be re-united with him.  Her wish was granted and they are united once again.  She is survived by her nephew Dean Cork, niece in-law Jody Cork and Great-Niece Katherine Cork-King and Great Nephew Tyler King.