Mary Frances (Provart) Haubold - born July 2, 1917, died February 20, 2019 - passed away at age 101.5, at home in her sleep. She lived independently until her death. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and fierce Bingo competitor. She was known for her stitching and quilting, and never met a project involving thread, yarn, or fabric that she didn’t master.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Dalt, her brothers Mack, Robert and John, and her daughter Jody. She is survived by her son Gary (Shirley), daughter Sharon (Chuck); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and even great-great-great grandchildren.
Her fiery personality, sharp tongue, and genuine love for her family and friends is already missed. We each take her with us in the gifts and talents she passed on to us, and our memories of a life fully lived. There are memories of summers spent with Grandma and Grandpa, of learning to sew and knit sitting next to her, or Christmas ornaments chosen just for us each year growing up, of a woman who didn’t suffer fools well, and told you exactly what she thought, who could say a paragraph with a “mmph” or arched eyebrow. The glorious purple and pink caftan, and her love for Hawaii – the home of her heart. She found humor in the small things, loved to do things that would shock people, and Heaven forbid you told her she couldn’t do something – she would prove you wrong!
She was busy, active, and loved to be around people. Over the years she had done a variety of jobs – cashier, typist for the Webber Theater on South Broadway (where she met her future husband Dalt!) in Denver, and a variety of office and bookkeeping jobs at the Rocky Mountain News and Colorado Tile Company. She and the family ran the “Heavenly Barbeque” restaurant in Denver. She did custom finish work for needlepoint and embroidery, stretching the final projects next to the worm beds for the worms she and Dalt grew and sold to fishermen. Her stitch work was impeccable – backs were as clean as the front, and it was sometimes difficult to tell the front from the back. Her knitting was flawless – it often looked like it was machine cast. There were thousands of quilts made and many children’s charities benefited from her quilt making over the years. She taught many people how to quilt, knit and crochet, and her confidence that “you can do this” made many people believe in their own abilities. She had endless patience for you when you were learning, while being a tough taskmaster once you had the skills. There were no short cuts to a quality job – any job worth doing was worth doing well.
We love you Mary!
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for Mary.
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