Laura "Sue" Mantle: 1932-2005

Funeral services for Laura "Sue" Mantle, 72, were held June 22, 2005, at St. James Episcopal Church in Meeker with interment in the Highland Cemetery.

She died June 15, 2005, at Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland.

Born July 28, 1932, in Meeker, she was the daughter of Raymond D. and Estel A. (Aicher) Woolley.

Sue served as the Rio Blanco County clerk in Meeker for 20 years; Uintah County deputy assessor for three years; and was a purchasing agent for the U.S. Forest Service-Ashley National Forest in Vernal, Utah, for seven years. She had lived in Hell's Canyon Mantle Ranch within Dinosaur National Monument; Grand Lake, Fort Collins and Wheatland.

After moving to Vernal, she earned a degree in archaeology.

Her interests included hunting arrowheads, exploring old ruins, fishing and painting. She was a member of several archaeology clubs and art guilds and was an award-winning artist, earning status as a professional after being commissioned to paint images of Hell's Canyon and Trapper's Lake.

She also was a crack shot with a rifle and a good storyteller. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her son, Steve Mantle, three grandchildren and former daughter-in-law, all of Wheatland; sister, Frances Woolley of Meeker; a nephew; a niece; a great-niece; and a great-nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an aunt.

The family would appreciate memorials to a charity of the donor's choice.

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