Eva Francis Gerbaz
June 15, 2010
Lifetime area resident Eva Francis Gerbaz passed away June 9, 2010 at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale. She was 100 years old.
Eva was born on a ranch near Basalt on April 22, 1910. Her parents were Laurent Alex Arbaney and Mary Roulen Arbaney. She attended Basalt Public School. On Dec. 24, 1930, she married Harvey F. (Mike) Gerbaz at St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen.
In 1955 they celebrated their 65th anniversary. Mike passed away in March 1996.
They lived at Gerbazdale on the family ranch. She helped with farming and ranching duties and the raising of the three children.
She was an original organic gardener and had a passion for growing things. Her gardens were legendary and the results bountiful. Eva adhered strictly to planting by the Farmer’s Almanac and she was very generous with her harvest.
Eva and Mike raised chickens, pigs, turkeys, milk cows, cattle and sheep. Eva tenderly cared for them all. She made several kinds of cheese, which would rival the artisan cheeses made today.
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As master of any culinary effort, she believed in “homemade from scratch.” However, the highlight of her life was her family. She always enjoyed teaching, encouraging, and spending time with them. She had time for everyone. She was very optimistic and energetic, a great mentor with loving support.
Survivors include daughter Dolores Stutsman of Basalt; son Douglas Gerbaz and wife, Seika, of Aiea, Hawaii; and son Jerry Gerbaz and wife, Judith, of Gerbazdale and Indio, Calif.
Grandchildren include Richard Stutsman and wife Joanna, David Stutsman and wife Vivian, Julie Garner and husband Dexter, Lisa Thorpe and husband Mark, Michael Gerbaz and wife Karen, Gregory Gerbaz and wife Barbara, Jeffry Gerbaz and wife Rhonda, and Gina Samuelson and husband Paul.
Great-grandchildren include Shay, Dusty and Jyace Stutsman; Darren Garner and wife, Heidi; Trey Thorpe; Vanessa, Ashlyn and Marcus Gerbaz; Jeffrey Gerbaz; Jerilyn Conn and husband, Eric; Robyn Gerbaz; and Parker and Delaney Samuelson.
Great-great-grandsons are Benjamin Noah and Martyn Asher Conn.
There will only be a private family service.