Frances Margaret Subic Guio passed away on June 2, 2021, at her ranch home in Big Piney. Marj was born in Rock Springs, Wyo., in 1925 to Anton and Teresa Subic and was the youngest of six children born to Teresa. She lived 96 years in the community she loved.
Marj attended all 12 grades in the two-story school called “The Block.” It had four rooms: two rooms upstairs for junior and senior grades and two rooms downstairs for elementary grades. After graduating, she lost her fiancé to the war, which made Memorial Day very important to her. She worked at the telephone office and kept books for Francis Tanner at the Mercantile to save money for college. She also took flying lessons. Marj attended City College in California until she married Kenneth Guio in 1947.
Marj and Ken began their married life in the home of Ken’s grandmother, Sadie Budd Osterhout. Ken took over managing the Alsade Ranch from Sadie who was used to “her way of doing things.” Marj simply loved Sadie and cared for her until her death. This trait of loving and caring for others extended to all animals and kids on the ranch, anyone or anything that needed fed and her community.
Marj’s son Candon preceded her in death. She is survived by her children Cotton (Cynde) Guio, Susan Guio, and Tagg (Nancy) Guio; grandchildren Tayton (Brent) Lyon, Landa Guio, Ali (Paul) Archual, and Matt Guio; and two great grandchildren, Bailey Lyon and Barrett Archual.
Marj’s legacy in her community includes being a charter member of the Green River Valley Museum Board, making possible the walking path between Big Piney and Marbleton and helping to establish Green Pastures Thrift Shop. Marj served two terms on the school board and twice as Worthy Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star. She was honored as Ranch Woman of the Year and was last year’s Grand Marshal for the Fourth of July Chuckwagon Days parade.
Community members returned Marj’s love by showing up to take her to church when she could no longer drive and regularly stopping by to visit. She was blessed with tender loving care from Shelly Bray for over five years and they formed a very special bond. In the last weeks of her life numerous people volunteered to help her family and caregivers provide round-the-clock care. Marj passed away where she wanted to be, in her home where she had made everyone feel welcome for the last 74 years.
Marj’s graveside memorial service will be held on Friday, July 9, at 10:00 a.m. at Plainview Cemetery in Big Piney, Wyo., with a luncheon to follow at 11:00 a.m. at Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center in Marbleton. Memorial contributions may be made in Marj’s honor to Green River Valley Museum, PO Box 12, Big Piney, WY 83113.