Martha May Geolfos

November 12, 1936October 6, 2021

Martha May Geolfos was born Martha May Lillard in Boulder, Co. November 12th, 1936. She passed away on October 6th, 2021 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s/Dementia and complications from embolisms. Martha was “39” and holding as she liked to say. (84) Her humor and ability to make others laugh was one of her most renowned and beloved traits. She was the cast, crew and director, of many pranks. Including her famous sponge cakes, whoopee cushions, (homemade) fake dog poo, snipe hunts, and her favorite, fake spilled Pepsi. Her entire life was based on the premise of “be kind to others,” as they will be kind to you. She was generous to a fault, caring and attentive to all. Many times in her life she helped set up and run fundraising events for those whom had incurred a tragic event or were in need. Martha lived on Grove St. in Boulder as a child, attended Casey Jr High, and graduated from Boulder High School in 1954. She married her husband, Dan Geolfos that summer. (Divorced in 1971). They had three children. The family lived in the little hamlet of Marshall just south of Boulder until moving into their new home at the corner of Madison Avenue and 37th Street in 1963. The family home was the neighborhood hangout because of Martha’s kindness and generosity. The home at that time was the eastern most in the City of Boulder! She worked for the University of Colorado from 1968 until retiring in 1996. She started as a secretary in the finance department at Regent Administrative office, and went on to become the Administrative Director of the Fleming Law School at her retirement. The brilliance with which she ran the law school was constantly acknowledged by her peers. She cherished her time at CU and all the people she worked with over the years. She was an avid supporter of all things “Colorado Buffaloes.” Martha’s hobbies included becoming a self-taught, incredible photographer. Just about anyone who knew her, has some of her pictures in their albums. In her younger years she was a wedding cake designer/maker. She made cakes for many of her sibling’s weddings along with all of her children’s weddings, friends, and the general public. As a baker she was supreme. Every year there was the family Christmas cookie day at her home. Close to a thousand cookies would be baked with her female family members on “cookie day.” This day was featured in the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper. She was a master “game player,” ie table games! Scrabble was her favorite, which she played very well, into her early 80s. Her favorite collection was her Pepsi Collection; which has over 5000 holdings! The collection was also featured in the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper. Her most beloved time was spent with family and friends. She loved her home on Rainbow Way in Boulder. It was her 1 acre Sanctuary, overlooking her Flatirons and Baseline Lake. Spending time sitting around a campfire, swimming, boating and inner-tubing on Baseline Lake with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren was her “heaven” on Earth. She was a willing participant of tube rides into her early 80s! Being a native to Boulder, her love of Boulder and Colorado shall never cease. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, daughter in law Jana, son in law Charlie, and sister in law Judy. She is survived by her children Debra Lyn Geolfos, Tod Andrew Geolfos (Jana: deceased) and Colby Daniel Geolfos (Linda). She has 4 grandchildren, Angela Grosso-Burke (Patrick), Chelsea Abel (Riley), Candace Bassett (Scott) and Jennifer Grosso and 5 great grandchildren, Ace Abel, Jevi Abel, Lincoln Abel, Jeremiah Burke and Owen Bassett, who is due soon! She is also survived by her beloved siblings, Deanna Mackie, Dick Lillard (Pam) Davey Lillard (Judy: deceased), Linda Lillard, Russell Warner (Chidapha) and Jaylyn Fultz. Also, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, including her beloved Betty. A special shout out and thanks to her dear friends, Marge, whom she loved so, Perky and Sissy! In addition a heartfelt thanks to the employees at Sunrise at Flatirons Memory Care Center in Broomfield. Your care and kindness made her end of life journey just a bit easier for her and her family! Also, to the Hospice Care Team from Elevations Hospice of Broomfield. With a special thanks to Brandy on Mom’s final day. Our world is a better place thanks to you Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and Friend! A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer’s Research Project of your choice.


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Tom Wilson

October 23, 2021

I always admired Martha's talent as a photographer, her pictures always impressed me and that camera was always ready! But I will mostly miss her laughter. It was more like a cackle, by that I mean a laugh of complete joy and abandon, infectious, hearty and loving life. That's what I will remember most.

Barbara Allen(Dean)

October 21, 2021

I really remember all the fun Marty had with my mom(Betty). Oh the stories I would hear of their campfire adventures and the many pranks they played on each other. Most of all was the love of family and each other that they shared❤️

Lsurs Nelson

October 16, 2021

I would always call Aunt Marty my favorite Aunt growing up. When ever we were told we were going to uncle Dan’s and Aunt Marty’s my sister Donna and I would get so excited. The swimming pool and Aunt Marty’s laugh are my most favorite memories. I also remember her always being present and making me feel special. Nothing but great memories ‼️Hugs to Tod,Colby, and Debbie. And family😘🙏

Chet Singh

October 15, 2021

We moved next door to Martha in 1971. We couldn’t speak any English and didn’t know anything about America. She made us a part of her family, took us to all the family gatherings, taught us about all the holidays, had us over for pool parties in the backyard, taught us how to play board games like monopoly, risk, and our favorite Tripoli (Michigan rummy).

Martha was the best cook we got to try so many new foods (including all the great holiday foods!) Nunny says the main thing she remembers is her smile - she always had a smile on her face. Growing up next to Martha was a blessing. She became a second mom to us and we could go to her with anything. She will be missed so much. Love you Martha!

-Chet, Nunny, Nikki, & Robbie

Kathryn Dean

October 14, 2021

Aunt Martha , my mom's cousin, a woman who has touched us all!! I will always love her. Mom talks about her all the time, with so much affection and laughter. What a wonderful life Martha has lived and left for us. We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kathryn Louise Dean

Bob and Kim Singh

October 13, 2021

Grandma G,

You, Colby and Debi were the first family that we met when we moved here from India. Two kids that didn't speak english but you were always so inviting and let us hang out at your house. You also kept an eye on us when Colby was trying to drown us in the pool in the backyard :) The Lake Powell and all the camping trips and were so memorable with you there. I always thought of you as my 2nd mother and will miss you terribly!
Kim remembers the baseball games; you were always there to root on the team. She loved it when you got up to move because we were talking too much and you wanted to watch the game :)
We all will miss seeing you around and are sending our prayers to the Geolfos Family!!
With Love, Bobby, Kim, Paul, Shaye, and Cory

Barry LaSalle

October 13, 2021

What a great person, loving caring and full of energy Her cookies were too. Martha had a contagious laugh that made everyone laugh who was around her that I will never forget. She was full of joy and happiness
Martha you will be missed for sure, God bless you and all of the Geolfos family.

Sam, Karen, Jake and Cody Kershner

October 13, 2021

Grandma G.,
Laughter, smile, and her ability to always make you laugh will always be our memory that we’ll cherish. She was also our biggest softball fan and would never miss a game no matter how cold it was or if she was the only fan in the stand. You will always be loved and missed.
Love the Kershner family

Linda Geolfos

October 13, 2021

Best mother in law I could have ever had!
Always signing my cards love mom 2.
Thanks for all you were.
Love you!

Debi Geolfos

October 13, 2021

I miss you Mom. Thank you for picking me out at the hospital. Thanks for the responsibility lessons which included Squeak Squawk and Silly. My memories of you and truck pictures that never were make me so happy.
I love you forever.