Obituary: Maryan Pharo
November 1, 2016
Maryan Pharo passed peacefully from this life in the early morning on Saturday October 29 surrounded by her loving family. She was 82 years young.
She is survived by her husband Jim Harris; her daughters Diane Rickstrew and Lynn Collins; step-daughter Tina Bingman; step-son Wayne Harris; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Peg Pharo and her sister Carolyn Garrett.
She was born in Provo, Utah on July 21, 1934 but moved to Granby in Grand County, Colorado just days after being born. She always considered Granby home and was well known by many Grand County residents. She married Del Rickstrew in 1953 and they moved to the Piney Creek Ranch near State Bridge to raise cattle and start a family. There she gave life to her two daughters: Lynn on 1955 and Diane on 1958. Unfortunately, Maryan and Del parted ways in 1981 and she moved to Grand Junction. There she began working as a marketing director for a retail food testing company. In 1988, she met Jim Harris. They were married in 1994 and shortly after retired and returned to “her shining mountains” in Grand County and remodeled Maryan’s family cabin overlooking Lake Granby. They lived there happily, taking time often to explore her home state. In the early 2000s, Jim and Maryan began camp-hosting at campgrounds arounad the country including Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. Due to an illness, they moved to Parachute in 2014 where she lived peacefully until her passing.
Maryan was loved by everyone that met her. Her warmth and generosity were eclipsed only by her capacity to love and the size of her heart. She was quick to laugh and almost always wore a smile. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren adored her but no more than she did them. Maryan’s connection to nature was extremely strong and she loved to hike and arrowhead hunt more than anything else in the world. She was a lover of classical music and opera, regularly attending plays and musicals at the Grand Lake Theatre. Her home was a regular stop for visitors who usually found she was already at the kitchen table visiting with someone. She was surrounded by a tight-knit group of friends like Betty, Ted, Shirley, and Harold and together they shared more adventures and memories than can be counted. Maryan was one of the strongest, kindest, and most loved women that you could meet and, while she will be missed, her strong legacy will live on in the many lives she touched for generations to come.
The celebration of Maryan’s wonderful life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, at the Church of the Eternal Hills Presbyterian in Tabernash. Rev. Paula Steinbacher will preside over the celebration. Contributions in recognition of Maryan can be sent to Homecare and Hospice of the Valley in Basalt.
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