Martha Evelyn Gosney Wommer

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Longtime Bayfield resident Martha Evelyn Gosney Wommer died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at her home. She was 101.

Known as “Evelyn,” she was born to W.B. “Bert” and Sibba Amanda Hazelton on Nov. 13, 1910, in Byers, Kan. She grew up crossing the plains of Kansas, Missouri and Colorado. She graduated from Byers Rural High School in 1928.

Mrs. Wommer attended Kansas Community College and received a two-year business certificate. On a trip home to Byers for a visit, she met schoolteacher William “Bill” Gosney. The couple married June 21, 1931, in Byers. They moved to Bayfield shortly after their marriage.

“Evelyn loved her ranch life and being a housewife,” her family said. “She worked hard to create a loving home. Evelyn continued to chase cattle, chickens and boys with William until his death in 1970.”

Mrs. Wommer worked at the Bayfield office of the U.S. Forest Service for 25 years and also substituted for the Bayfield School District.

She was involved in the study group that created the plans for the Bayfield Public Library. Mrs. Wommer was an active member in the Eastern Star for more than 50 years and a member of the Bayfield Grange for more than 25 years. Her family said she belonged to numerous other clubs.

In March 1975, she married Edwin C. Wommer in Bayfield.

“They enjoyed the beautiful mountains, traveling and dancing together,” her family said.

“Evelyn will be remembered for her sewing, her wonderful baking, her love of nature and of family,” her family said.

Mrs. Wommer was preceded in death by her first husband, of 39 years, William Gosney; and her son Wade Gosney.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Edwin Wommer, of Bayfield; sons Dan Gosney, Don Gosney and Ross Gosney, all of Bayfield; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and extended family members.

A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Pine Valley Foursquare Church, 1328 County Road 501, Bayfield. The Rev. Dan Straw will officiate.

Burial will take place at Pine River Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1880, Bayfield, CO 81122.

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