Mable Donella Squire was born Sept. 18, 1919, in Seiling, Okla., to Lloyd and Vesta (Brown) Squire. She graduated from Seiling High School and completed one year at Gregg Business College in Phoenix, Ariz. Even though she took one day a week off during high school and worked at the sale barn restaurant to help provide for her younger brothers and sister she still made the state honor roll.
The dust bowl, the great depression, and World War II greatly influenced her life as she watched her mother's generosity to everyone who came to their door during these very hard times.
She married her high school sweetheart, Willard Livingston, Dec. 25, 1937, in Phoenix, Ariz.They were married 63 years before Willard's death in 2001. Along with Willard's parents, brothers and sisters, they moved to California and were the original "Grapes of Wrath" family following the crops for work.
In the fall of 1938 they came to Palisade, Colo., to harvest the peach crop. They moved on to Hotchkiss, Colo., and then Paonia, Colo., where she lived until 2010. Willard and Mable had three children, Barbara Lund, Laddie Livingston and Faye Campbell.
Mable had a thirst for knowledge. She studied Greek and Spanish and was learning a few phrases in Polish from Marie, one of her caretakers. She learned to play the mandolin in her 90's and was taking online classes from Kahn Academy. She always wanted to learn to fly. One year one of her grandsons gave her a pilot's manual which she studied diligently. For her 98th birthday a pilot from Angel Flight picked her up in Montrose and allowed her to fly the plane. They flew over the San Juans and from Pagosa Springs to Cortez. Needless to say she was thrilled.
Mable and Willard loved to travel and carefully planned trips to Europe, Hawaii, and Alaska. They also visited Washington, D.C. and many of the National Parks in the Western U.S.
Mable also had a very adventurous spirit. She flew in a glider, floated the Snake and the Gunnison Rivers; climbed Mt. Lamborn and Mt. Gunnison and was almost to the top of Uncompahgre Peak before they were turned back by a lightning storm. She went on several elk hunting trips with Willard in the West Elk Wilderness area.
Mable and Willard hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon twice.
The second time (when she was 63) was with her daughters and their husbands and five grandchildren. The youngest was six and the oldest was 11. They hiked from the South to the North Rim.
Mable had many talents. She was a great cook and could make a good meal out of almost nothing. She was an excellent seamstress. She could make her own patterns out of newspapers and could make everything from coats to wedding dresses. She made almost all of the girls' school clothes. She made many beautiful quilts, at least one for every child, grandchild and great-grandchild.
Mable also loved music. She played the piano and organ, often sang duets, directed the church choir and directed the Junior Quakers choir after she got off work at the bank.
Mable was a typical farm/ranch wife. She had a large garden and milked eight cows when Willard was away. She wasn't afraid to try anything. One year when Willard was hunting she and the girls laid a hardwood floor in the dining room. The next year it was the living room.
The two most important things in her life were her faith and her family. She loved to share her faith and had a profound effect on many people. Mable taught Sunday School for many years. One time she took a class that no one else would teach because of one disruptive little boy. The first time he started to act up she told him if he didn't sit down and be quiet so others could learn he would have to go upstairs and sit with his parents. There were no more problems. That little boy is now her son-in-law and thinks she is the greatest mother-in-law ever.
Mable and Willard always wanted to own their own ranch. They accomplished this by Willard running the ranch and working a couple of part time jobs in town. This was a wonderful place for the children to grow up. Mable worked at the First National Bank in Paonia for eight years. She was promoted to Assistant Cashier. She also was the Office Manager for the North Fork Clinic in Hotchkiss and Paonia for 23 years. Before his death Dr. Ridgway said, "She was the best Office Manager we ever had. She ran it like the business belonged to her." High praise indeed.
Mable is survived by one son Laddie (Judy) Livingston of Paonia, two daughters Faye (Stan) Campbell of Lyons, and Barbara (Art) Lund of Montrose, one brother Eldon Squire of Sacramento, Calif., seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, four brothers: Fred, Orin, John, and Boyd Squire and one sister Darlena King.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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