Wilma Elizabeth Marshall, a Routt County pioneer, passed away Oct. 23, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. She was 90.
Wilma was born Aug. 5, 1914, to Frank R. and Iva Ethel Howard in Kansas City, Kan. In April 1915, Wilma moved with her family to Clark. She grew up on the family homestead and attended school, 4-H, Sunday school and church in Clark.
In 1935, Wilma moved from Clark to Steamboat to live with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. James McCormick. Wilma worked in Mr. Perkins' shoe store.
She married Willard Bennington Marshall Sr. on July 27, 1935.
Wilma and Willard moved four times during their first year of marriage, then spent the next eight years in a small house on Yampa Street. In 1944, the family moved to 134 12th St., where Wilma lived for the next 60 years.
Wilma and Willard raised seven children. During World War II, Willard was captured by German forces at the Battle of the Bulge, and he remained a prisoner of war until the end of the war. Wilma managed to keep the home fires burning while her husband served in the Army.
Wilma spent her life as a homemaker. She enjoyed many activities, especially sewing, gardening, canning, quilting, embroidery and making jelly. She also was active in the Home Demonstration Club, Royal Neighbors of America, the Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild, and she worked for many years at the Unique Shop.
The Marshall home life centered on family. There were dinners, special occasions and celebrations with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In 1973, Willard Sr. became ill and required kidney dialysis. Wilma was his primary caregiver until his death in 1979.
After her husband's death, Wilma enjoyed a very active life with her family, including many trips throughout Colorado and across the United States.
This August, Wilma spent time at the Doak Walker Care Center as she recovered from surgery. She died Oct. 23, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Willard B. Marshall Sr.; her parents; three sisters, Josephine Howard, Dorothy Nerren and Arthene Clark; and a brother, Robert Howard.
She is survived by her sister, Ethel Armstrong of Denver; two daughters, Roberta Mosher and her husband Raymond, and Brenda Whitecotton and her husband Wes; five sons, Willard Jr. and his wife Sheryl, Robert and his wife Cookie, James and his wife Elizabeth, George and his wife Janice, and Jody; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Rod Krey, were held Oct. 26, 2004.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Wilma's name to the Doak Walker Care Center in care of the Yampa Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.