Elizabeth Philomene Gredig
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Elizabeth Philomene Gredig
  • April 28, 1930 - April 25, 2017
  • De Beque, Colorado

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Elizabeth "Liz" Philomene (Smith) Gredig was born April 28, 1930 in Sterling, Colorado to The Venerable Eric A.C. Smith and Lena Clara Schrupp and passed away on April 25, 2017. Due to her father's profession as an Episcopal Minister, she spent much of her early years in various towns throughout Colorado. Her elementary school years were spent in the Grand Junction area attending Lowell Elementary with summers spent in McCoy at her grandfather's ranch. After a move to Denver, her family decided to send her to University Prep High School, a boarding school that was affiliated with the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She then attended Oberlin College in Ohio as an Education Major with a Minor in Dance Performance, following that she furthered her education with graduate courses at University of Alabama and Adams State Teacher's College.

After earning her degree, her teaching career took her to an Indian Reservation in South Dakota and an Air Force base in Keflavik, Iceland before relocating back to the Grand Junction area to teach at Fruita High School, R-5 and Central. In 1960, she married John Jacob (Jack) Gredig and they moved to a ranch in Basalt in 1962 where she continued to teach for a few more years. Later, she worked for the Post Office in Snowmass Village but spent much of her time as a homemaker and mother raising 2 children, John and Caley and working on the ranch where the family raised first beef cattle then Brown Swiss Dairy cows and later Suffolk Sheep. She also volunteered throughout the years for the various organization that her children were involved in including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H. She also volunteered for a number of years for a variety of community organizations including the Music Associates of Aspen helping with registration every summer and creating costumes for the Aspen Opera Theater Center. A particular love during her final years was researching and compiling the family history to be passed on to her cousins and grandchildren.

In 2003, they sold the ranch in Basalt and relocated to a ranch in De Beque where she lived the remainder of her life. She is survived by her children, John (C.J.) Gredig of New Castle, and Caley Gredig of De Beque, Step-daughters Cynthia Lynn (Steve) Anderson of Denver and Claudia Sue Means of Temecula, California and Rifle, Colorado, Grandchildren Wendy (Warren) Enochs of Wildomar, California, Pamela (Fred Malone) Woolley of San Antonio, Texas, Buck (Tara) Chavarria of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Michelle (Dave) Livingston of Denver, Colorado, Nedra (Jason) Tomich of Buffalo, Wyoming, and Russell Gredig of New Castle, Colorado. She is also survived by 7 great grandchildren, 3 nieces, a nephew and numerous cousins and honorary grandchildren. Her parents, husband and brother Melvin all predeceased her. Memorial Contributions may be made to American Red Cross, Military Family Aid Programs, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839; Colorado River Rabbit Breeders Association-Youth Recognition Programs, P.O. Box 1186, Meeker, Colorado 81641, or HopeWest Hospice, 3090 12th Street, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506.

Cremation has taken place with ashes inurnment to take place at St. John's Cathedral's All Souls Walk in Denver with her parents. A Celebration Of Life will be planned for the sum
Arrangements under the direction of Martin Mortuary, Grand Junction, CO.