Queeda Evelyn Walker

March 9, 1933October 13, 2020
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Queeda Evelyn Walker, 87, of Boulder, CO passed away on October 13, 2020 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

She was born in Pool Creek, CO on March 9, 1933 at Chew Ranch, and graduated from Wasatch Academy before attending the University of Colorado in Boulder where she graduated with a Business degree in 1954.

Queeda married Rex Ross Walker on June 11, 1955, they were together for 65 years. Queeda is the matriarch of Sombrero Ranches, Inc. She was a member of the Church of Christ and the Boulder Garden Club. She had a passion for gardening, horses and was a published author of “The Mantle Ranch”.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Evelyn Mantle; and her brothers Charley “Potch” and Pat Mantle.

Queeda is survived by her husband Rex Ross Walker; her children Cindy Evelyn (Dan) Lisco, Justin Ross Walker, Freda Kay (Mark) Bishop, Donald Ray (Carrie) Broom, Cody Rex (Kathy) Walker, and Carlos De La Cruz; 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and her brothers Lonnie and Tim Mantle.

A visitation will be held from 4-6pm on Thursday October 15, 2020 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. A private family graveside service will take place at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder. Everyone is invited to a celebration of life gathering from 12:30-4:00pm at “The Lake” 6936 Jay Rd. Boulder, CO 80301 on Friday October 16, 2020, please follow the signs and lunch will be provided. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig, CO, the Mountain States Children’s Home or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, October 16, 2020


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Mona Wiechmann

October 16, 2020

Rex and family,
My heart goes out to all of you. Queeda, such a lovely woman who was so kind to me in the 60’s while I was at Sombrero. I certainly needed that. I remember Cindy, Justin and Little Freeda. Cody was yet to come.
Good memories, and I wish you all peace and happier times ahead.
Take care, Rex.

Gary Burkholder

October 16, 2020

My wife and I met will working for Queeda and Rex in 1966. They attended our wedding at my wife's home that was a short distance from the Sombero ranch on Cherryvale. I found out by reading Queeda's book Last Ranch in Hells Canyon, that I had lived on the same farm as her future sister in-law, from age 3 to 5. I will cherish her books for ever and wish more people would read them. As Rex's secretary my wife Carol baby sited the kids and saddled the dude horses. She had a close relationship with Queeda. Sometimes the best of friends sometimes not. Rex and Queeda were a major part of our lives. Queeda will be missed but thank God she lived. May she rest in peace. Gary and Carol Hess/ Burkholder

Math van Rhee

October 16, 2020

I never got the chance to meet ms Queeda, have been fortunate to meet her husband, an some of her children and grandchildren. Sombrero crew introduced me to her books, which I devoured several times.
May she Rest In Peace and watch over her loved ones in these difficult times

Queeda Wigert

October 15, 2020

I wish I’d have met her, it would have been an honor. What a beautiful person! I’m honored to share her name.

stacey morse

October 15, 2020

Freda - we were so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Knowing you - she must have been amazing. We know this is a tremendous loss for you, your family, friends and all who had the honor of knowing her and seeing her create an impressive family legacy.
Thinking of you all -
Stacey and Stuart Morse

Carrie Lawton

October 14, 2020

Really enjoyed Queedas books and working for Sombrero as their cook for the Great American Horse Drive, 18 years in a row. Had several memorable conversations with this dear lady, she had grace and love for all things.
Many prayers and love for this family.
Carrie Lawton

J.P. Prins

October 14, 2020

I am profoundly honored to have known Mrs. Walker. She was not only a profound influence and role model to me but also a role model to my wife Carrie and our children Kim and Kris. Her gentle strength, western values and, compassion for all living things are the pinnacle we all strive for in life, family, and community.

“Lord Jesus, our Redeemer, You willingly gave Yourself up to death so that all people might be saved and pass from death into a new life. Listen to our prayers, look with love on Your people who mourn and pray for Queeda. You alone are holy and compassionate. By dying, You opened the gates of life for those who believe in You. Do not let Queeda be parted from You, but by Your glorious power give her light, joy, and peace in heaven where You live forever and ever - Amen”

Jean Donahue

October 14, 2020

Too many memories to list.
One of my favorites: Queeda took three of us to Estes Park to spend a day of fun. She had the entire day planned. Will never forget.
My other memory was spending time in Estes helping with Steak dinner, then I rode up to camp ground. Loved riding, Jim, not so much. He rode in pickup with Queeda! Love to this special family

Thomad Morgan

October 13, 2020

We were neighbors Separated by Blue Mountain and went to Wasatch Academy together. My name is Morgan and her name is Mantle but she is my favorite sister and will always be in that special place in my heart. God welcome a beautiful person to her final resting place. We are all blessed by her life.

Ron and Lynn Lauterbach

October 13, 2020

We have always heard lovely things about Queeda over the years even though our paths did not cross often. She must have been wonderful since we know Freda (and Mark) and Sarah and Zane and they are certainly people she would have been wonderfully proud of. Thinking of you all. God bless your family. With love, Ron and Lynn Lauterbach

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