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Gift to UW Supports 4-H and Teton County Extension

Elizabeth McCabe
The University of Wyoming has received a $1.8 million gift from Ann Ramsay in honor of her late mother, Elizabeth McCabe, that will support 4-H and UW Extension employees located in Teton County. The Teton County 4-H Building in Jackson will be named in McCabe’s honor.

“My mother was totally devoted to the 4-H mission, and all the children and families who participated in it,” Ramsay says.

Support for UW Extension employees located in Teton County is critical for the mission of the program. Such salaries are state-based and are not adjusted for those working in Teton County, where the cost of living is significantly higher than the rest of the state.

For decades, McCabe was a big supporter of UW Extension programs in Teton County. She co-owned The Jackson Hole Guide newspaper, which later became The Jackson Hole News & Guide. She dedicated her life to serving others.

“Elizabeth was a community businesswoman who encouraged youth to give their best,” UW Extension Community Development Educator Mary Martin says. “She spent days attending 4-H activities to capture photographically those who competed. Her pictures captured moments that would have been lost to our youth.”

McCabe felt a deep affinity for the Jackson Hole area -- a sentiment that developed during her news career that spanned more than five decades. McCabe was an avid photographer, and her weekly full-page photo “This is Jackson Hole” garnered her Wyoming Press Association awards. She photographed people, wildlife and the scenic Teton Valley.

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