Mavis Caldwell Peavy 1904-2000
August 30, 2000
Mavis Caldwell Peavy died Aug. 14, 2000. She was 96.
Mavis was born Jan. 1, 1904 in Seattle to Andrew and Anna Jane (McGuire) Jennings. She grew up in south Denver and graduated from East High School in 1922. She then earned her teaching certificate and began teaching at the Moonhill School, north of Steamboat Springs. She also taught at the Long Gulch and Mesa schools in Routt County.
She married rancher Marshall Carney Peavy, and together they had three children. They lived in Deep Creek country near Pilot Knob, and became breeders of Hereford cattle and steel dust horses.
The family moved to Logan County in 1943. Mavis continued ranching and breeding quarter horses, even after her husband’s death in 1944.
After her daughters had married and left the ranch, Mavis moved to Weld County in 1968 with her right-hand man, Ned Snader. In 1984 she retired from ranching and moved to New Raymer, where she spent her remaining years with Ned and among her many friends.
She was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association, the Appaloosa Horse Club, the Weld County Livestock Association and the Cowbelles. She was inducted into the Appaloosa Horse Breeding Hall of Fame for her contributions to and accomplishments in horse breeding. She served as grand marshal for the Logan County Fair in 1979 and the Routt County Fair in 1989.
She is survived by her daughter, Frances Jane “Biddy” Bonham; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her associate and friend, Edward R. “Ned” Snader III.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Mary; an infant son, Robert; and three sisters.
Memorial services were held Aug. 21 at the New Raymer Community Center in New Raymer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mavis Peavy Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 65, New Raymer, CO 80742.