Ginny's Story

1945-2013

Ginny was raised by a cattle ranching family in the foothills of Colorado. She grew up with two younger brothers and beloved cats, dogs, and horses. Being an exceptionally bright child, she advanced two grades on her peers by the time she reached 4th grade. Even then, she was easily bored in school and preferred to be experiencing the world on one of her beloved horses or lost in a great story. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in English and later earned a master's degree in human development and a doctorate in counseling psychology.

Ginny spent her adult life in Fort Collins, Colorado and made her living in many ways: upholstering furniture, waiting tables, teaching, private counseling, admissions counseling, and doll repair, among others. She lovingly raised two daughters as a single parent and her home was filled with books, cats, and plants.  She was perhaps the happiest when she worked at a major bookseller coordinating author talks and book fairs for local schools, which supported her other loves-designing doll clothes, playing the piano, and writing. She was an avid reader and student of medieval English history and held a lifelong fascination with Richard III, convinced that history had gotten him wrong. 

 

Ginny, Dorothy, Harlan

Ginny, Dorothy, Harlan

Books

Ginny's mother, Dorothy instilled a love of reading in all three of her children at a very early age. Some of their fondest memories of childhood include the books and magazines they shared and fought over.  Ginny's home was filled with books and she was always ready with a recommendation for a good read.

Ginny on Buster

Ginny on Buster

horses

January 7, 1958

 It seems funny that 2 years ago today we saw the ranch we live on now.  I like it so much better than Sedalia. I love the rimrock by our house.  I love to ride over the alfalfa field on Flicka. There is a window in the barn where the scenery is so pretty when I look out.  It is my favorite place here.

Beth, Ginny, Jeni

Beth, Ginny, Jeni

family

Ginny raised two daughters, Beth and Jeni, of whom she was tremendously proud. Being a single mother had its tense and worrisome moments, but Ginny was an extraordinary mother. Growing up Beth and Jeni always felt they were  a team of three, which made it easier to face any challenges.