Margaret (Mae) Rhodes VastenJanuary 14, 1924 – June 25, 2004
Margaret (Mae) Rhodes Vasten passed away at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale on Friday, June 25, 2004.She was born in Price, Utah, on Jan. 14, 1924, the third of seven children, to Ruby (Jowell) and John Rhodes. Mae spent part of her childhood in Price, later moving to New Castle with her family.She married Arthur Vasten on Dec. 8, 1940, and they settled on a family farm at Emma. She was a hard worker and spent many hours alongside her husband in the fields planting and harvesting potatoes and raising hay. After selling the farm, she worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Basalt and the Mount Sopris Tree Nursery.After a lengthy illness with Mae caring for him faithfully, Art passed away April 21, 1982. She settled in Grand Junction for a few years to be near her sisters and began attending polka dances, and traveled as far as Utah and Wyoming for dancing.In 1995, she moved back to Emma and lived with her daughter, Beverly, later moving to Carbondale Senior Housing. There, she met many new friends and reacquainted herself with former ones. As her health began to fail, she moved to Heritage Park Care Center. Many kind and giving caregivers helped her through Alzheimer’s disease.Mae was a member of the Mid Valley Senior Citizens, serving as their van driver for a short period. Dancing, gardening and flowers, Denver Broncos football and trips to Black Hawk were her passions. She will be remembered as a kind person who was quick to smile and had an amazing twinkle in her eyes. She was a loving mother to three children, Beverly Frome of Battlement Mesa, John Vasten of Basalt and Dewey Vasten, who preceded her in death. She is also survived by daughters-in-law Lea Vasten and Gay Gilbert and son-in-law Bob Larson. She was the grandmother of six grandchildren, Duane (Roxene) and Shane (Dyann) Vasten, Greg (Olivia) Larson, Gabrielle Sonam, Brett (Marla) Vasten and Lori (Lance) Anderson. She was the proud great-grandmother of Courtney and Tanner Vasten, Anna and Sara Vasten, Kelsey and Jody Vasten, Arkah LaCharles and Liane Anderson.She was preceded in death by three brothers, Vernon, Ernest and Ira Rhodes, and is survived by three sisters, Jeanne Burke and Phyllis Fisher of Grand Junction, and Betty Crichfield of Rodgers, Ark.Cremation has taken place, and a service of remembrance will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 3, at Farnum-Holt Mortuary. Interment will occur beside her husband at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs at a later date.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Heritage Park Care Center Gardner Hall, 1200 Village Road, Carbondale, CO 81623.Farnum-Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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