Vail Daily obituary: Mary Alice LaGrow-Greenman, 1936-2016
Mary Alice LaGrow-Greenman passed away peacefully on July 17. She was 80 years old.
Mary was born to Elgia and Gertrude LaGrow on June 3, 1936, at Porter Sanitarium and Hospital in Denver, and the birth mom and baby returned to their home in Kremmling. The family then moved to Edwards and eventually bought a ranch in Gypsum, where they raised hay, potatoes, lettuce, contracted with Kuner to produce peas, raised sheep, cattle and had a large dairy cow herd. Presently, the land is known as Buckhorn Valley, and includes land surrounding it. Mary’s father, Mr. LaGrow, purchased the property from Mr. Dundson, whose grandson Bruce will be presiding over Mary’s service.
Mary graduated from Gypsum High School in 1954, and shortly thereafter began her family, marrying Lewis E. Greenman on Oct. 15, 1955, at the home of the Greenmans in Pleasant Lake, Indiana, later divorcing in 1974. Mary spent most her years following her children to the many events they were each involved with. Most importantly, she watched them all enjoy many years of 4-H Club; Mary received an honorary parent award from the Eagle Valley Future Farmers of America chapter.
Mary loved her family and friendships, especially all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary also worked for many local ranchers moving and gathering sheep and cattle, helping out with general ranch work, riding horses, hunting and simply being outdoors. In later years when her health problems became too much for her to get out, she became very involved in making miniatures, from barns to outhouses. Mary was very talented at repairing dolls and doll-sized furniture and loved hand-making doll clothes.
Mary is survived by her children Kurtis (Dawn) Greenman, Kim (Rick) Olson, Kent (Sharon) Greenman, Kris (Bill) Whittaker and Karen (Norman) Carthy; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister Evelyn J. Horn. Mary has many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary is preceded in death by both parents, Elgia Sr. and Gertrude LaGrow; brother Elgia LaGrow; sisters Gertrude High and Betty Stene; and grandson Ross Carthy. Mary’s celebration of life will be held Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. at 4 Eagle Ranch. A meal will be provided and a cash bar. Please come as you are — it’s a Western setting with plenty of activities for everyone, including the children. The family would like to invite all of Mary’s friends and family, so leave the tears behind and join us in remembrance of our mother.