Eunice Marte, 88, of Granby, passed away at the Middle Park Medical Center Hospital in Kremmling, after a long illness on Aug. 20, 2012.
Eunice was born Sept. 16, 1923, to Gunnar and Helga Dale in Denver. Eunice and her brother Ivar were raised on the homestead ranch at the top end of the Williams Fork, she and her family were among the first pioneer families. Eunice attended school at the Battle Creek School in a one room school house a few miles from their home. Riding horseback to school, and then walking to her Grandparents home over the hill to bring the milk cows in was a daily chore as well. Eunice attended High School at the Hot Sulphur Springs High School, and often walked from the ranch at Parshall through Byers Canyon to school in Hot Sulphur. After school, she also worked part time at the bath house and the Trail Cafe in Hot Sulphur.
Eunice married Leo Marte of Granby, on Oct. 11, 1941. They operated the family ranches on Cottenwood Pass south of Granby and the ranch near Parshall until retiring to their home in Granby. Her energy was never ending and she was able to work on the ranch all day, cook the meals, and put on a dress to go dancing with her husband and still have time to iron a few shirts before anyone else was up. Unable to sit still in her retirement years, Eunice cooked for several years for the Granby Senior Citizens Center and then later became an officer for the Grand County Council of Aging as well as the Western Colorado Council of Aging.
Eunice's knowledge of livestock and wildlife was outstanding, which she passed onto many young people over the years. She loved hunting and fishing and was able to hunt last year with her son Larry, grandson Lane, The Daniel Brothers and other friends. She would shoot and skin her own elk, cook the meals, and with that spark in her eye and smile on her lips tell the days hunting stories around the kitchen table with company and this brought her pure joy.
For those who knew of her homemade bread and cinnamon rolls: Oh yes! She always enjoyed a good joke, a poker game, and watching the Broncos with family and friends.
Eunice was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Leo Marte. She is survived by their son Larry Marte of Parshall; grandson Lane Marte and family of Decatur, Alabama; granddaughter Shelby Price and family of Sidney, Nebraska; granddaughter Korby Setliff and family of Kremmling; and 11 great grandchildren and 1 great- great grandson. Also special nieces and nephews Eldrid Schafer (Shorty) of Clifton; Sue Sheriff of Grand Lake; Wayne Schafer and family of Kremmling; and Taura Perdue and family of Granby.
A Memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Sept. 1, 2012, at the Church of the Eternal Hills. A private family service will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers donations to the Cliffview Assisted Living Center in Kremmling would be appreciated.
Eunice had a spark in her eye that showed a true pioneer spirit, she was strong in spirit, strong in body, and a heart to give. She will be loved and missed by family and many friends.
Leave a condolence for the family, share a story about Eunice, or add a photo to her "Book of Memories" at www.grandcountymortuary.com. Mark H. Shearon, Funeral Director, Grand County Mortuary, is in charge of arrangements. 970-725-9010