OBITUARY

Margaret Martha GELATT

March 6, 1929January 6, 2021

Margaret (Copley) Gelatt died January 6, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado at the age of 91. Margaret was born in Santa Barbara, California in 1929 and grew up in San Jose. In 1985 she earned a BA degree in Liberal Studies from San Jose State University. Subsequently she was on the support staff at Stanford University for about 20 years, retiring in 1992 to Ashland, Oregon.

She enjoyed her time in Ashland with a network of friends and engaging in the vibrant community. In order to be closer to her sons, she moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2014.

Margaret was known for collecting and sharing good jokes and humor. When entering hospice and was told a chaplain would visit, she replied in jest, “Ok but tell him I’m a witch”. She especially loved to pull April Fool pranks. Her deep interests included nature, calligraphy, reading, art history, and art with good graphics and bright colors. She was driven to learn as much as she could about human nature, “what makes people tick”, and the evolution of language.

Margaret and her former husband HB Gelatt have two sons, both of whom live in Colorado – Paul (Natalie) of Boulder and Lee (Patty) of Grand Junction. She enjoyed time with her grandchildren Kai, Carly, Riley, and Amy. She was preceded in death by her parents Lenora Copley (1891-1989) and John Thomas W Copley (1885-1945).

There will be a private family memorial service and her ashes scattered in a Rocky Mountain aspen grove – no other service is planned.

Remembrances could be a donation to your local library or planting a tree. Contributions to groups such as Planned Parenthood or Freedom From Religion Foundation would also be appropriate

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Vern Crawford

January 18, 2021

For a number of years I organized seasonal rituals based on Celtic/Druidic traditions. I held these events at city parks and the Unitarian Universalist Center here in Ashland, Oregon. I invited UU members and anyone else in our town who might be interested. We would enact our rituals in a circle, with readings, songs, and afterward a time for socializing. Among my most regular attendees was Margaret Gelatt. She was always cheerful and helpful and I was always glad to see her at these events and at UU services. I can recall one poignant time when I made the many preparations for the ritual and set up everything at a city park, then waited for the "crowd" to appear. Only Margaret showed up! So the two of sat at a picnic table and enjoyed a nice visit. She saved the day. Thank you, Margaret!

Rochelle Ford

January 12, 2021

I will miss Margaret's frequent, interesting emails. She lived a full, artful life, loved by many and appreciated for her positive outlook. I looked forward to her calligraphy addressed letters that always included some article about a subject we both found interesting.

I was blessed to have her friendship. She will live on in my thoughts and heart as a loving mother, a dear friend, a positive thinker, a creative artist & a woman who lived life to it's fullest.

Rochelle Ford

Sharon Larocque

January 12, 2021

Dearest Margaret,
You will be missed❣️
I enjoyed the humor and laughs you shared with us UU’s. Thank you for the bright and cheery moments you gave us!
Now is your time to Rest In Peace.
Love,
Sharon Larocque

Jerrye Wright

January 12, 2021

Margaret’s love of humor and her curious nature kept me thinking of things I might never have considered without her friendship. Our friendship grew over many years to a love that I will not forget. Margaret was so positive and she uplifted me when I needed it the most.
Margaret is one of a kind in all the best ways! I will miss her dearly. I know she tolerated times when her body was breaking down better than most, for that reason I can let go knowing that Margaret is enjoying the mystery of her next experience. Thank you Gelatt family for sharing this amazing women with me xo, Jerrye

Lee Gelatt

January 11, 2021

Here's Mom in 2014 with her dog Queenie at her Bridgewalk place, 629 Walden Circle, Boulder, CO.

Lee Gelatt

January 11, 2021

For her 91st birthday in March 2020, Margaret wished to ride the Carousel of Happiness in Nederland, Colorado, a menagerie of 34 rideable, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 carousel, with music provided by a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY