Reynolds, Roberts are Eagle Valley Citizens of the Year |

Reynolds, Roberts are Eagle Valley Citizens of the Year

EAGLE VALLEY, Colorado ” Nettie Reynolds of Gypsum and Barbara Roberts of Eagle will share the title of Citizen of the Year for 2008 at the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce Extravaganza.

The event is planned Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The evening will also honor SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning as the 2008 Business of the Year.

Reynolds was nominated by former Citizen of the Year Pam Schultz of Gypsum.

“She has given of herself unselfishly all her life,” said Schultz in her nomination.

Reynolds’ resume plainly illustrates that statement. Born in Burns in 1939, Reynolds has been donating her time to downvalley organizations for her entire life. From her 14 years as a Boy Scout leader to her 10 years as a 4-H leader to her 28 years with the Gypsum Fire Department, Reynolds has been as stalwart community volunteer.

Currently she volunteers with Eagle County Senior Services and is on the Mountain Hospice Board of Directors. She also serves as president of the Western Eagle County Ambulance District Board and the Gypsum Fire Protection Pension Board. She is a certified CPR and Basic First Aid instructor, Medicare and Medicaid counselor and State of Colorado raffle/bingo manager.

“If there was something needed and there wasn’t an organization ” Nettie founded one,” said Schultz.

Mylissa Ekdahl, Kelly Bonser and Annie Egan teamed up to nominate Barbara Roberts for the 2008 Citizen of the Year award.

Ekdahl’s letter talks about how she and Roberts didn’t even know one another back in January of 2001 when an automobile accident resulted in Ekdahl’s quadriplegia. Roberts learned about her neighbor’s plight through a prayer chain at church. Roberts sprang into action and organized a meal plan to cover dinners for Ekdahl’s family.

“Now seven and one-half years later, she still coordinates our dinner schedule. Five nights a week local families provide us with a home-cooked meal, all through Barbara’s coordination,” wrote Eckdahl.

“At the time of my accident, my children where 8 and 6. They hadn’t even learned to use knives yet on their own. Barbara was there teaching them the ways of the kitchen with weekly cooking classes. I am very proud of what the girls learned through Barbara,” Eckdahl said.

Bonser wrote about how Roberts ” “The Cookie Lady” “has baked and delivered hundreds of cookies to school, church and community benefits. She also serves as a youth counselor for her church. Bonser also highlighted Roberts’ relationship with the Ekdahl family.

“Rides to school, doctor’s appointment and really anything that Mylissa might need, Barbara is there for all of them,” said Bonser.

Egan highlighted a recent two-week trip to California where Roberts and Ekdahl attended a canine training class. Ekdahl received a service dog and Roberts volunteered as her training assistant.

What: 20th annual event, sponsored by the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce and honoring the Citizen of the Year and Business of the year

When: Saturday, Dec. 13

Time: 6 p.m. to midnight

Where: Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds

Details: Tickets are $85 per person or $750 for a tale of ten. Contact the chamber at or 328-5220 for information.

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