Melba Susan Coulter |

Melba Susan Coulter

Melba Susan “Mel” Coulter of Glenwood Springs died Monday, April 12, 2004, at the Rifle Veterans’ Nursing Home in Rifle. She was 98.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 23, at Highland Cemetery in New Castle.

She was born Aug. 24, 1905, at Alpena Pass in Boone County, Ark., to Abigail Westmoreland and Elonso Yandell, one of eight children.

She married John Hughes on Feb. 12, 1920, in Arkansas. In 1921, they had a son, Donald Hughes. The family moved to Colorado in the late 1920s and settled in the BellyAche Mountain and Squaw Creek area near Edwards. He preceded her in death.

She married Elton Leroy Snyder on Nov. 20, 1928, at Oak Creek. They moved to the New Castle area in early 1929 and a daughter, Cecyl Bea Snyder, was born at Glenwood Springs. He also preceded her in death.

She married Ray Coulter in 1940.

Mrs. Coulter worked as a seamstress with the Works Project Administration, as a cook at Valley View Hospital and as the kitchen manager at the Garfield County Nursing Home.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and was a Christian woman who belonged to many of the churches in Glenwood. She was always lending a hand to help others.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husbands; by brothers Frank Yandell, Floyd Yandell, Sid Yandell and Bert Yandell; by sisters Elsie Stayton and Maebelle Frankele; by a son, Donald Hughes; by a daughter, Cecyl Bea Snyder Gilstrap; and by grandchildren Baby Girl Gilstrap and James W. Hughes.

Mrs. Coulter is survived by a daughter-in-law, Hazel M. Hughes; by a son-in-law, Richard Gilstrap; by sisters-in-law Viola Yandell and Kate Greene; by grandchildren Susan, Doug, David and Jeff Hughes, and Kelly, Keith and Kathleen Gilstrap; by many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and by nieces and nephews, including Ruth Lawson, Joy Clark, JoAnn Ross, George Yandell, Phyllis Yandell, Jerry Frankele, Jean Mullenax and Betty Dawson, and their children.

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