Just a few months shy of her 90th birthday, Ellen Young Yeager Cargile, 89, of Bosque, New Mexico, passed away on Aug. 27, 2021.
Ellen worked as a Chair of the Fine Art at Southwest Studies and Mesoamerican Art History for two decades. After 21 years of service, she retired from Fort Lewis College in1993. She published several books that many might recognize, including Understanding & Executing Arts of the Southwest, Maintaining and Repairing Artifacts of the Southwest, and Jewelry Design to name just a few.
Before working at Fort Lewis College, she received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Art from University of Texas-Austin in 1953, and a Master in Education from the University of Arkansas in 1965. She also worked at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas for 12 years.
Ellen also made films. She participated in the 1st International Hispanic Art Show in Santa Fe NM, Maya-Uxmal, Taya/Totec-Chechen Itza and many more. Ellen's speaking engagements are too numerous to count, Leadership La Plata, Indian Arts & Crafts Association in Denver, Monuments of Upper Nile, San Juan Basin Archaeological Society, and the list goes on.
She was an accomplished artist, as well as an intelligent, well-informed reader and an enthusiastic advocate of any creative novelty. She was a bulwark of moral and intellectual support for innumerable students over the years; yet found time to be a mother to her own family too, which now includes even great-grandchildren. Her shrewdness, her supportive and ever inspirational character will be dearly missed.
She was born to parents JB Yeager and Ruth L. Yeager, on Nov. 28, 1931 in Houston, Texas. Ellen met and married Dr. Lee L. Cargile (divorced and deceased) they were married in1954, in Houston. Together they raised three children: Son; Bret Cargile of Bosque, NM, Daughters; Leah Cargile of Aztec, NM, and Daughter: Alecia Cargile of Bosque NM, as well as three grandsons; Robert Branam of Michigan, Sean Branam of Albuquerque NM and Bryce Cargile of Belen, NM and one great-granddaughter in Michigan.
The family has made funeral arrangements per the request of Ellen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to your favorite charity
Published by The Durango Herald on Sep. 8, 2021.