Joletta Hogsett - February 23, 2012
Joletta Mae Hogsett died Feb. 23, 2012, in Missouri as a result of an accident.
She was born on May 19, 1947, to Annabel (Walcott) and Harry James Huston in Imperial, Neb.
She graduated from Chase County High School in May, 1965. She was married to Eugene Hogsett on May 19, 1965.
She lived in Wichita, Kan., and then Enders, Neb., where she worked for Jones Plumbing and Heating and later for Scoular Grain in Imperial. She later moved to McCook and on to North Platte, Neb., where she and Tom Maddux operated Top Cut Meat.
In 1991, Joletta Huston-Maddux was instrumental in the development of the Western Nebraska Cutting Horse Association that to date is still a respected and strongly supported organization in Nebraska. Joletta’s attention to detail and strong organizational skills proved to be a necessity to the success of the club’s growth and future.
Joletta spent many years helping manage a working cow ranch. One of her favorite things was to spend time with the young colts and assist in the training of the horses. There was not a single horse that did not respond to Joletta’s kind touch and generous heart.
Joletta also enjoyed helping in the development of the TOP Cut gourmet products that eventually led to the start of the USDA Meat Processing Plant located in North Platte. As the plant manager the business became nationally acclaimed for shipping top quality products throughout the United States. Many hours were placed in travel and promotion of the Top Cut business where Joletta cooked, networked, organized and provided professional assistance. It was Joletta who helped design the image and layout of the Top Cut business, located in North Platte. Joletta, as an individual, became synonymous with the association of the Top Cut business and its products.
Another hobby of Joletta was the joy in assisting with the Overland Livery Carriage Service business. She managed and designed services that promoted special events throughout western Nebraska. The job consisted of training carriage horses, collaboration with weddings and anniversaries, and all other special occasions.
?Joletta’s greatest strength lie in her ability to make people feel so comfortable and welcome at all times. She had a special gift, that of unconditional generosity.
She was a devoted mother and daughter as she spent several years caring for her parents. She always had time for her family, especially all the children. The grandchildren loved spending time with her riding horses, swimming and playing.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Annabel Huston; her brother-in-law, Lynn Youngquist; and her sister-in-law, Debbie Bridgeford.
She is survived by daughter Nita and husband Dan Ogden of Lincoln, Neb., son Lonnie Hogsett of Humansville, Mo.; and son Jessie Hogsett and wife Peggy of Ossian, Ind.; sisters: Sharon Youngquist of Beaver City, Neb., and Jacqueline Jane and husband Keith Hogsett of Fort Scott, Kan.; 18 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, four nephews and two nieces and special friend and companion Tom Maddux of North Platte.
Celebration of Life and a Memorial Service will be announced and held at a later date as her wishes for cremation were honored.
A memorial may be sent to: Joletta Maddux Memorial, Western Nebraska Cutters for Youth Scholarship Fund, c/o Roxy, Secretary, PO Box 204, Sterling, CO 80751.