Geneva Sherman was born Geneva Constance Rasmussen on September 17, 1930, on the family farm and ranch in Brunswick, Nebraska. She was born between two brothers and she had three sisters.
Geneva’s journey to Colorado began when she visited friends in Estes Park at the age of 17, and decided to stay. She worked in the Estes Park hospital, cleaning, taking care of patients and cooking. She met her future husband, Marshall (Whitey) Sherman in 1949 at a fall
festival in Estes Park.
Whitey and Geneva were married in 1950 at the ages of 21 and 19, respectively, in Chambers, Nebraska. Whitey worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, building high voltage power lines. His work caused them to move around frequently in the first year, before finally settling in Longmont, Colorado, where they lived for five years.
During this time, their first children were born, Marshall in 1951, Lynn (Ruby) in 1952, and Michael in 1955. The family moved to Gunnison, Colorado in 1957, where Richard was born. In 1965, Whitey’s work brought them to Green Mountain Dam, where they became involved in many aspects of Grand County and the Kremmling community.
They helped Karl Knorr and Paul Gilbert lead 4-H Blue Valley Sharpshooters and Conservation Club, teaching marksmanship, plant identification, and land conservation.
They attended and became involved in the Kremmling Community Church, where Geneva sang in duets and trios with Orlon Coulter, Gail Knorr, Ester Miller, and Lydia Dell. She also taught
Sunday School classes.
In 1970, they had the opportunity to move onto Blue River Ranch and to manage it for Harold Tonn. This move provided the opportunity for Michael and Richard to get involved in the 4-H Livestock Club, raising and showing steers, lambs, and showing horses.
Managing the ranch created lots of extra work for Geneva. With Mike and Rich in high school, Marshall and Lynn away at college, and Whitey working for what had now become the Department of Energy, Geneva was left doing much of the ranch work while every-
one was away.
The work included the whole spectrum of ranch work – working in the hay fields, feeding the cows in the winter with a team of Belgian horses, checking cows during calving, and hauling steers in the back of an old GMC pickup with stock racks. The pickup could only be kept on the road with much effort and persistence. And that work doesn’t include cooking meals, baking, feeding chickens and then off to Kremmling Community Church on Sundays as well
as its various events.
In 1973, Mike graduated from high school and took over the daily ranch work, giving Geneva a very welcome break from the physical work. It was in the 1970s that the family began to grow again. In 1971, Marshall married Linda Ellis, who was one of the “dam kids” from the Green Mountain Reservoir government camp and who was best friend’s with Marshall’s sister Lynn.
Marshall and Linda have four children who are all in Kremmling with their families. Shelly is the oldest, she is married to Brady Mathis and they have two children, Liberty and Benjamin.
Tony was next in line and he married a Summit County girl, Melisa Seaman. They have two children, Tyler and Madison.
Sandy married Tom Farley and she has three children, Cora, Katherine and Collin. Laree is now married to Wes Howell, she has two sons Levi and Chris Wellington, and two stepsons, Wyatt and Walker Howell.
Lynn married West Grand classmate, Darrel Ruby in 1972. They have four children. Sherri is the oldest and she is single. Brent, after a stint in the US Navy, married Laurie and they have three children, Andy, Ella and Michael.
Kristin married Joel Kingham and they have twin boys, Isaac and Owen. Leandra is the youngest and she is a kindergarten teacher and is single. Lynn passed away in 2014 after fighting cancer. Darrel and the kids are in the Arvada, Colorado area and still very involved with Geneva and family.
Michael married West Grand classmate Brenda Bock in 1977 and they have two children. Chad married West Grand classmate Carly Schake. Cheyenne married Josh Richert and they have two girls, Skyla and Kylee. Richard married West Grand kindergarten teacher Judy Moon in 1984 and they have two children. Cordie is married to Shane Stieve. Rich and Judy’s son Austin is single.
For Geneva, that is four children, 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
In 2002, Whitey passed away while he and Geneva lived on the Penny Place near Gore Pass. Geneva moved into Kremmling where she continues to live in the middle of town, in the middle of her family, and in the community that she loves.
Geneva is a quiet warrior who supported her husband in his work, raised a family, worked hard, has an abiding faith in God, and brings a smile, peace, and hope to every situation. She helped to form Middle Park into the community it is with her hands for hard work, her love for the people in the community, and her unwavering heart for God. Thank you for all you have done, Geneva.
Congratulations Geneva on being named a Pioneer of the Year for 2020.