Geraldine May Rundquist (Eilbes)
Geraldine (Jeri) May Rundquist (Eilbes), 83 of Hesperus, CO died on 10/30/2021 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. She was a resident at Sunshine Gardens West.

She and her husband Allen, hoping to start a new adventure for their family packed up the kids, dog, and furnishings and headed west from Wisconsin eventually making Hesperus their home for 44 years. She would proudly introduce herself and the family as the Hesperus Hillbillies.

Always the life of a party with a witty sense of humor Jeri made many friends.

An avid horsewoman from her teen years on, Jeri participated in endurance competitions with the Pony Express Route being one of her greatest accomplishments. She trained several horses and gave riding lessons to young riders. She was a true western woman.

Religion was always her priority. A devoted Catholic and member of St Columba Church and Catholic Daughters, she volunteered and traveled with the church on many occasions.

Jeri worked for Colorado State University, Forest Service, and CO Hwy. Departments. After her retirement she and her husband Allen became Snowbirds and spent many winters in Sun City AZ where she enjoyed hiking, roller skating, and swimming.

She is survived by her Son Brett (Lori), Daughter Deanna and loving pet Jetta, Grandchildren Clayton (Ryan), Justin (Kara), Emma Dake, 5 great-grandchildren all from Durango, and brothers Robert Eilbes of Hesperus and Daniel Eilbes of Waukesha WI, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

No service is planned at this time. A celebration of life will be held later this spring when the family can gather.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Mercy-Durango 175 Mercado Street Suite 131, Durango CO, 81301
Published by The Durango Herald on Nov. 2, 2021.
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we are so sorry to hear of your loss, are Prayer's are with your Family. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayer's during this time of loss. Let us know if we can do anything.
Maxine and Phil Martinez
November 8, 2021
Dony Goodwin first introduced me to Jeri since they were members of a social group...We would get together on occasion for lunch and a gabfest...An especially memorable occasion was a grand birthday party at the homestead in Hesperus with all the fun and laughter that was a part of Jeri's nature...She so seldom complained about any problems or heartaches....Godspeed dear friend...
Katherine A. Reynolds
November 5, 2021
Brett and Deanna, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. From the time I met her I couldn't help but see how proud she was of both of you. Her smile was warm and she made you feel like she had known you for years. I am very sorry to hear she has past.
Martin Farley
November 4, 2021
I knew Jeri in the '90s during our time at CDOH. I loved our lunchtime (speed-)walks to Subway. She was such a riot to be around, and I have missed her these past years. You have my most sincere sympathy in her passing; I pray God's sweetest comfort upon all those who love her.
Marcia Talvitie
November 4, 2021
Jeri, I will forever be grateful for the incalculable gifts that you and for family brought to our Community, and poured into my own heart. Saddle up, Dear Lady. Dav
Davitt Armstrong
November 3, 2021
One of my favorite people of all time. May She Rest In The Arms Of The Lord Forever..
Dennis McCoy
November 2, 2021
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