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Laura J. Makie


Laura J. Makie, 85, of Green River, passed away March 18, 2016, at the Mission at Castle Rock. She had been a longtime resident of Green River and a former longtime resident of Nebraska.

She was born on July 3, 1930, in Alda, Neb., the daughter of the late Warren Russell Rouse and Mary Elizabeth Weinreich Rouse.

Makie was a 1947 graduate of the Alda High School and continued her education at Kearney State College and graduated with a secondary education degree.

She married Edwin "Dean" Makie in Grand Island, Neb., Aug. 7, 1960.

Makie was employed as a teacher for five years in Nebraska and later was employed at Sweetwater School District No. 2 as a teacher for 29 years, retiring in 1987.

She was a vestry member of St. John's Episcopal Church and also Sunday school board member. Makie was a very active charter member of the Pride of Lion's Club, one of only a few Lion's Clubs with all female membership.  She was also past-president of the Green River Education Association and member of Eastern Star in Green River.

Her interests included Wendrover trips with her husband Dean, spending time with her children and grandchildren and her dog Abby. 

She also enjoyed doing word search puzzles and woodworking.

Survivors include her husband Dean Makie of Green River; one son, John Makie and wife Marci of Green River; three daughters, Jennie House of Lyman, Janet Weeks and fiancé Ernie Celli of Green River and Julie Maxam and husband Bob of Pinedale; two brothers, Bob Rouse and wife Naomi of Tucson, Ariz., and Gerald Rouse and wife Stephanie of York, Neb.; sister-in-law Dorie Rouse of Dophan, Neb.; nine grandchildren Jeff, Jessie, Danny, Darin, Allie, Amy, Lori, Mikki and Johnny; eight great-grandchildren Zach, Brookie, McKinley, Taegan, Wyatt, Daphne, Audrey and Cooper; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, George Rouse and wife Bonnie and Duane Rouse.

Following cremation, a celebration of life will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 350 Mansface, Green River. Pastor Walt Seeley will officiate.


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