Mary Winifred Gates Haughey


Mary Winifred Gates Haughey died Jan. 31, 2002. She was 99.

Haughey was born to Chesley Dee and Sarah Katherine Gates in LaDue, Mo., on May 20, 1903. From Missouri, she moved to Indian Territory in Oklahoma with her family and then on to Alamosa, Colo. The family stayed a short time in Alamosa before heading for Oregon by covered wagon. Along the way, they stopped in Craig where her father found work at a sawmill on Black Mountain in 1911. She spent the rest of her life in Northwest Colorado.

Haughey graduated from High School in Craig and then taught school in several country schools. She married Clarence Arrot Haughey on Aug. 17, 1925. To this union four sons were born Clarence A., Marion Dee, George Leon and Robert Edwin. The family lived for several years on a homestead north of Craig before moving to Craig when Clarence entered the eighth grade. Haughey remained in the family home until shortly before her death.

Haughey was active in the community both professionally and socially. She spent 22 years in the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office, including four terms as the county clerk. She was a member of Craig's Eastern Star chapter and served as Worthy Matron, as well as many other offices in the chapter. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors and a member of the Congregational Church of Craig.

During her retirement years, she spent many hours with her brothers and various family members and friends hunting Indian arrowheads. Many hours were also spent piecing and quilting blankets that she generously gave to members of her family. She loved her yard before the years that such work became difficult and always had a stray cat that she adopted into her home. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Her son Clarence believes that her death is but the extinguishing of a candle because dawn has come.

Haughey is survived by three sons, 12 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and two great-great granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers, one son, Robert and a grandson.

Services were Feb. 8, 2003, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with Ron Gross officiating. Jennifer Riley Thornberry gave the eulogy.

The organist was Anne Carr and soloist was Wanda Brown. Selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beyond the Sunset."

Honorary pallbearers were all Haughey's many friends.

Services concluded at the mortuary.

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