Marvelle Pearl Couey

Birth Date: June 31, 1918
Death Date: March 11, 2012

Burial Details

Mortuary Name: Rifle Funeral Home


Grand Junction Daily Sentinel page 6A - March 14, 2012
Marvelle Pearl Couey, 93,
Silt, died March 11, 2012, at her
Visitation will be from 4 to 6
p.m. Thursday at Rifle Funeral
Home. Services will be at 11 a.m.
Friday at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints in
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel page 5A - March 15, 2012
Marvelle Couey was born July
31, 1918 to Leon Cabe and Anah
S t a r b u c k C a b e i n G l e n w o o d
She passed to the valley beyond
from her home on March 11,
Marvelle lived on Divide Creek
with two brothers, Charlie and
Lyle Cabe, for 18 years. She married
Tony Manuppella in 1935 and lived in Peach Valley until 1945.
They then moved to New Castle with two sons, Michael (Born November
5, 1936) and Richard (Born January 15, 1938). They began
a business called Tony's Recreation. Marvelle attended numerous
football and basketball games, she also took the boys to many band
concerts. Riding her horse, Storm, everyday was one of her greatest
pleasures. She had five generations on the Manuppella side twice.
Tony passed away in 1956.
In 1957 Marvelle met and married Jesse Wilbur Couey and had
three children, Jacque, Kelly and JoAnne. They lived on the Family
Ranch located on Mamm Creek.
Marvelle's way of life included large gardens, beautiful flowers,
canning fruits and vegetables and baking. She enjoyed her monthly
Bridge Club. Marvelle's musical talents were legendary. She played
the piano, accordion, organ and guitar. Marvelle played for many
dances and get-togethers. The great thing about this was Marvelle
taught herself how to play these instruments. Even with all this she
had time to take care of her family and help Wilbur with the daily
chores of ranching. She always enjoyed those chores because it
meant that she got to spend time on her favorite horse, Storm. She
had many favorite horses throughout her life, but none could compare
to Storm in her eyes.
In 1977 Wilbur passed away and Marvelle was faced with the
daunting task of operating and running the Family Ranch. Marvelle
fought to preserve her family's way of life. She had numerous accomplishments
in her life including: Rancher of the year, a life time
member of the Holy Cross Cattleman Association and supporting
the 4-H program. Marvelle was Grand Marshall of numerous parades
including Rifle Apple Pie Days, Silt Hay Days and Burning
Mountain Days.
Marvelle was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Anah
Cabe; a brother, Charles Cabe; two husbands, Tony Manuppella and
Wilber Couey; a son, Richard; and two granddaughters, Lisa and
Kari Gail Manuppella.
Marvelle is survived by a brother, Lyle (Marge) Cabe; children,
Michael (Carol) Manuppella, Jacque (Levy) Burris, Kelly (Carrie)
Couey, JoAnne Couey; grandchildren, Tony (Gail), Mike, Scott (Dianne),
Theresa and Kim Manuppella, Jesse (Jennifer), Earon (Jennifer),
Erika, Dolores Burris, Tyrel, Clinton, Cassidy, Marvelle, Tanna
and Cabe Couey; great-grandchildren, Cole, Mike, Alexis, Sara,
Justin and Kyle Manuppella, Jordan McCurley, Kailyn, Kiara Forsberg,
Jordan, Kacie, Gabriel, Merri Lynn, Jacob, Jonathon and Erilyn
Burris; great-great-granddaughters, Mya, Katy and Karly Manuppella.
A visitation is scheduled for 4 to pm, Thursday, March 15 at Rifle
Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11am, Friday,
March 16 at the LDS Church in Rifle. Interment will follow at Rose
Hill Cemetery in Rifle.
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