Marion "Babe" Baer Vetter
Marion “Babe” Baer Vetter passed away May 12, 2008.Marion was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Glenwood Springs, to Edward Henry (Cub) and Pearl (Yost) Baer. She spent her early childhood on Turret Creek, where her parents ran an outfitting and guide business. Later they moved to Sweetwater Lake and continued the business and also rented out cabins. She met Carl Vetter at Sweetwater. They were married Oct. 19, 1945, in Glenwood Springs.Marion dedicated her life to being a good mother and homemaker; her early married years were spent as a rancher’s wife in the Aspen and Carbondale area. She and Carl moved their family closer to the town of Carbondale and built the Vetter Trailer Park in 1961. They worked and ran the park for more than 20 years.She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, snowmobiling, fishing, horseback riding, and outdoor activities. She loved to crochet and cross-stitch, and made afghans for all her grandchildren.When Carl retired, they traveled many miles and visited many states. They became campground hosts and spent many summers camping. Her favorite place was Deep Lake. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and volunteered at Near New, drove school bus, was a member of Sopris Snowmobiling Club, and the Elks Auxiliary in Glenwood Springs. Marion is survived by children Carla Jean (Bill) Allen, William (Ruth) Vetter, Dan (Lois) Vetter, and Randy (Cindy) Vetter; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Iola Knuth. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years; sons Thomas and Billy Jo; great-grandchild Matthew; and brothers Cecil, Earl and Mintford Baer. A remembrance service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, with private interment at a later date in Carbondale. Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of your choice.
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The Forest Service plans to replace the Carbondale Aspen-Sopris ranger district station with a newer, larger facility.