Gwendolyn Mae Green
October 25, 1937 – March 9, 2019
Artist and cowgirl of Franktown passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday morning, March 9, 2019, after 82 years of life. Her daughters, Debbi and Cindy had been living with and caring for Gwen for the past several years, and were with her at the time.
Gwen was born October 25, 1937 in Colorado Srings CO, to Edward and Mildred Abrahamson. She attended and graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School. Like her older sister, Marilyn Weiler, Gwen attended the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Gwen married Vaughn Thomas Green, with whom they had their perfect amount of children: two boys Tommy and Nick, and two girls Debbi and Cindy of Colorado Springs. She taught them the joy of wearing out a pair of Levi’s, to appreciate nature, exercise their imagination and to start and enjoy a good conversation. She took great pride in being a friend to them as well as a supporting parent. Gwen received her degree in Fine Art from the University of Colorado. and rapidly succeeded in gaining a following for her pottery, especially for her hairy monster cookie jars and plates, bowls and dishes. She liked to make mugs for high school graduation gifts, so those of you that have one (or had, it was pottery and could break) raise your mug and toast Gwen’s life.
Divorced in 1987, Gwen moved to Franktown, CO where she pursued her passions of fine pottery and raising quarter horses. Relocating the throwing wheel and kiln required strong backs and patience, but all four survived the move.
Gwen and her daughters, Debbi and Cindy, were best friends, and shared many activities and interests, including horseback riding around her Franktown acreage. As an accomplished artist, lucky were the friends and family who received one of her pieces of pottery, which were also sold across the country from her galleries in Durango, Santa Fe and Taos. She loved a good book — mystery thrillers especially (the more twists the better), a good puzzle (the harder the better), and wore out her Apple tablet playing games like soduku.
Gwen is survived by her daughters, Debbi Green and Cindy Green, sons Tom Green of Woodland Park, and Nick Green, of Arvada; sister Ruthie Giersch (Abrahamson); grandchildren Samantha and Jake; Gwen was preceded in death by her sister, Marilyn Weiler (Abrahamson).
The family asks that you make a donation to Harmony Equine Rescue. As an accomplished barrel racer in her youth, Gwen loved the power and speed of quarter horses, and the patience it took to care for them. She adopted quite a few ponies for her ranch in Franktown, where they were treated like family.
Gwen would leave her door open for you to come by anytime and chat; but at this time the family will be holding a private celebration of her life - y’all know she didn’t want anyone to fuss over her.