Verity Jean Martin died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at her home in Cedaredge, Colo. She was surrounded by the love of her family to complete her circle of life.
Verity was born Dec. 1, 1930, on the high plains of Two Buttes, Colo., to Ruth and Ewell Benson. She was delivered by her namesake Doctor William P. Verity. Verity grew up with two younger brothers, Steve and Bill, on a large ranch in Southeastern Colorado. As a child she endured the hard times of both the Depression and the Dust Bowl. Her mother died when she was 10 years old. This early life, the prairie landscape, the starry night skies, its many stories and the people who lived there forever left its mark on who Verity would become.
A woman of great curiousity and determination, Verity left the high plains to the foothills of Boulder, Colo., where she earned her degreee at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She became a teacher. She was a beloved teacher known for her innovative teaching style. Her career spanned many years, several states and concluded at Kohl Elementary (part of the Boulder Valley School District). She treasured her year as an exchange teacher in Australia. Her love of adventure and learning soon found her joining the Peace Corps after she retired. She spent two years of service teaching in Namibia, Africa.
Verity married the love of her life, William J. Martin (Bill) in 1953. They had four children, Bill (Cricket), Vaughn, Ingrid and Clayton. They settled on the Front Range of Colorado finally making their home in Boulder, Colo. Many full and memorable years were spent together raising a family and building a life before Bill's death in 1981.
As a grandmother she held a treasure chest full of love, faith and hope. She taught her grandchildren life skills and life lessons. Always positive and encouraging, she accepted them at their finest and at their worst. She was respected and deeply loved. Verity's life was a model to her grandchildren to become the highest vision of who they could be.
Verity found her way to Cedaredge, Colo., where she made her home. She was a passionate gardener, seed saver and giver of plants. She deeply cared for and was involved in the community of Cedaredge for many years. Many wonderful friendships were made in Cedaredge. She shared a deep passion, appreciation, and love for writing, books, artists and poetry. She wrote and shared her life through her poetry and stories.
Love found Verity a second time around in her later years. She shared a deep and abiding relationship with her companion, Phil Ellsworth. Together they shared their love of poetry and writing, discussion groups and friendships. It brought Verity much joy and happiness to share in this love, and with a companion who expanded her life in new and fulfilling ways.
Verity fully embraced life in all its many dimensions. She lived her life fully, and deeply, always expressing gratitude for the gift of the life she lived. She was graceful, warm, curious and determined. Always willing and eager to learn new things. A woman of great independence, courage and wonder for the world, she loved deeply and with action, was compassionate, engaging, articulate, inspiring, forgiving and wise.
Many heartfelt thanks to the Hospice team, and especially to Gloria, her hospice nurse, for the true compassion and care you gave our mother. To Edna Broadbent for her love, generous heart and loving care. We could not have completed the circle without your help.
Verity is survived by her four children, Bill Martin and his wife, Nancy, of Colleyville, Texas, Vaughn Martin of Cottenwood, Ariz., Ingrid Rich and her husband, Don, of North Hero, Vt., and Clayton and Sarah Martin of Blanca, Colo. Her grandchildren, Chris and Jorie Paoli, Emilly and Ted Kays, Jedediah Witham, Verity and Mike Burnor, Travis Martin, Hannah Martin, Liam Martin, Patrick and Andrew Martin. Her great-grandchildren, Lillian and Henry Burnor, David Joseph, Isabella and Rocco Paoli. She is also survived by her brother, Steve Benson and his wife Audrey of Stratton, Colo. Her brother, Bill Benson, preceded her in death.
Verity leaves behind a long list of cherished nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her wonderful spirit. We thank her for the gift of her extraordinary life and for all the love.
A celebration of life will be held at the Stolte Shed Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. in Cedaredge.