1908 - September 20, 2007
Marjorie Vale Briggs, of Hayden, died Sept. 20, 2007, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 99.
Marjorie was born July 16, 1908, in Windsor to Charles and Erva (Vale) Pooler.
Marjorie arrived in the Yampa Valley on the train in 1915. Her family settled in Steamboat Springs, and then in Milner, where they took care of the stables and horses for the McGregor mine. They later got a job milking cows and moved to the Kenmore place on Cottonwood creek north of Hayden in the California Park area. There, she met Marvin Barnes at a dance at the Woodley Dude Ranch north of Hayden.
Marvin and Marjorie were married in 1927, and four boys were born of this marriage: Marvin (Pete), Robert (Bob), Jack and Bill.
The couple made their home at the Fulton place. There, they milked cows, sold cream, raised pigs and sheep and put up hay and grain. While there, a hot coal popped out of the heating stove and burned down the house while they were away. At that time, they moved into the grainery.
Marjorie's folks decided to move to Fruita, so Marvin, Marjorie and boys moved to the Kenmore place. There, they raised hogs and drove a herd of 100 with snow on the ground to Hayden to put them on a box car to ship to market in Denver. It took them three days to drive them because the trucks couldn't get out to the ranch, since the roads were not graveled.
After a time, they moved to the Sam Elmer place on Morgan Bottom and milked 26 head of cows twice a day and raised 200 head of bum lambs that Marvin would get from the sheep herders.
Later, they leased the Warrick place east of Hayden, and they bought their first tractor with steel lugs. They raised a good crop, so they were encouraged to get into wheat farming. In 1940, they purchased some land southeast of Hayden and moved to town, where all the boys attended school. Later, along with their boys, they bought the Winslow place three miles south of Hayden, then the Ford place 10 miles southwest of Hayden and leased 1,500 acres of land from the government, where the Craig power plant sits today, and raised wheat and barley.
Marjorie and Marvin started going south to Mesa, Ariz., in the wintertime and living in Hayden in the summertime. They later divorced, and Marjorie moved behind her son Jack's home, working odd jobs until she met Jay Briggs, whom she later married in 1969. She then joined Jay's family of four in Cameron, W. Va., where John, Bonnie, Connie and Kathy welcomed her into their lives. In West Virginia, Marjorie enjoyed crocheting, gardening and painting. Jay enjoyed making different carvings and crafts, and Marjorie enjoyed painting and staining them. Many of her and Jay's clocks, knives and paintings hang in our homes today. She enjoyed growing plants, especially violets. For many years, Marjorie and Jay would drive and, later, fly to spend the summer and stay at her son Bill's ranch in Hayden. Due to Marjorie's health, she decided to stay in Hayden on her son's ranch and not return to West Virginia.
Marjorie lived a very full life and never missed an opportunity to get together with her family. She saw many changes, having lived through the Great Depression and two world wars in her 99 years. She was very active and lived on her own up until her death. We will all miss her very much.
Marjorie is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Erva Pooler; her sisters, Doris and Frieda; a brother, Charles; her first husband, Marvin Batnes; her sons Robert (Bob) and Jack Barnes; and three grandchildren, David, Michael and Roger Barnes.
She is survived by her husband, Jay Briggs, of Cameron, W. Wa.; her sons Pete (Connie) Barnes of Cedaredge, Bill (Charlene) Barnes of Hayden; Mary Jo Barnes of Hayden; a brother, James Pooler, of California, a cousin, Charlotte (Leonard) Pearce, of Grand Junction; and 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.