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Mable Leora Crossland

The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Mable Leora Crossland, a longtime resident of the Carbondale area, died of natural causes Tuesday May 31, 2011 at Heritage Park Care Center. She was 36 days short of being 95 years old.

She was born on July 6, 1916 in Gasoline, Texas. Mable graduated from High School in Sudan, Texas in 1937. Later, while working in Dumas, Texas, she met and married Gideon Clay Crossland. Their marriage lasted 46 years until his death in 1986. It was during this time she had one of her more interesting jobs.

During WWII, she worked in a California munitions plant packing gunpowder into bullet casings. She and her husband moved to Pampa, Texas, where they raised their two sons, Clay and Gary.

In addition to being a loving and wonderful wife and mother, Mable was very creative adding to the family income by sewing and making dolls for sale. After her two sons graduated, she and her husband ran a halfway house for boys and girls. In doing so, she was able to impart her love for children by serving as a mentor.

In 2002, Mable was honored in her community as a recipient of the Senior Citizen of the Year Award.

She is survived by her sons, Clay (Linda) Crossland of Basalt and Gary (Doris) Crossland of Ft. Worth, Texas; a niece, Aleta Coatney; several nephews; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be a family graveside service in Pampa, Texas, later in the year, where her remains will be put to rest alongside her husband.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any gifts be made to the Salvation Army, Mable’s favorite charity.


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