Maggie York, 1921 ~ 2010

Maggie York died at home on Sunday, Sept. 26, with family.

She will be remembered for her independent spirit and dry sense of humor. She had twinkling blue eyes and a mischievous smile. Our mom was an accomplished needlework artist, who loved to travel and was an avid reader of books. She loved animals and was extremely soft hearted and generous.

Moving to Moab from Denver in 2003, she loved the Grand County Senior Center’s lunch program, the music and all of the wonderful friends she made there.

Born Marjorie Jane Clark on April 7, 1921 in Cheyenne, Wyo. She was an only child, losing her mother, Helen, at three months old, to cancer. She was raised by her father’s parents, Ma and Pa and her many aunts and uncles.

She was very loved and was their blue-eyed princess.

Mom married her childhood sweetheart, Harold York, a geologist in 1942. Dad won Mom’s heart with poetry – our favorites being: (circa 1940)

Little Sugar Lump

Of a million women

from which to pick

I would take you,

my little chick.

I see that you have on your new shoes

Between the desks

I saw your feet,

If anyone asks

They are surely neat.

Even when you are barefoot

Your tootsies are fair,

But with a new pair of shoes

There is none that will compare.

Dad died in Denver in 2001 after a long illness. They were preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn in 1949.

Maggie is survived by four daughters, Mary Judson, Omaha, Neb., Kate Thompson, Moab, Susan Ponder, Ashville, N.C., and Amy Chwialkowski, Denver, Colo. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Cody and Matt Thompson, Moab, and Jim, Willy and Heidi Judson, Omaha.

Maggie will rest with our father in Cheyenne, Wyo.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Grand County Senior Center or the Grand County Hospice.

The family wants to thank the Grand County Hospice and their volunteers for their kindness and professionalism. Also, Brenda and The Meals on Wheels program, Paster Howe, Father Bill, Katie Wiggins and Verleen Striblen.