Martha Elizabeth Monsson finally lost her gallant six year battle with multiple myeloma cancer on February 20, 2014. Martha was a courageous, brilliant, and unique lady. She was born in Boston, MA, May 11, 1954 where her father was a graduate student at Harvard University. She grew up in Honolulu, where her father taught medieval history at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She majored in Geology at the University of Wyoming where she met her future husband, George. She worked as a geologist in Wyoming and then returned to Laramie to attend law school, graduating in 1988.|
Martha was a shining example of a life well lived and was well loved. A list of her specific talents, achievements, and interests would take far too much space but they included being a very talented spinner and weaver, author, scholar, black belt in Tae Kwon Do, geologist, attorney, historian, lecturer, embroiderer, accomplished cook with a specialty in medieval and renaissance foods, cave explorer, hiker, camper, traveler, seamstress, miniaturist, teacher, calligrapher, engaging conversationalist, captivating storyteller, loving mother, cherished wife, and, above all, fiercely true and brave.
Martha laughed easily and often. Her distinctive and infectious laugh is something that will be particularly missed.
She was a great and good friend to many people. Nearly everyone who met her, even briefly, learned something from her.
Even in the last months of her life she continued to engage with the world. In November, 2013 PBS News Hour broadcast an interview with her regarding the Affordable Care Act. Her passing was noted on national television on PBS. She continued to do legal research up until a week before her death. On her last day she continued to research and take notes for a planned academic paper.
Martha is survived by her beloved husband and son, George and Thomas, her brothers Jonathan and Paul Ernest of Hideaway, Texas, and her numerous beloved cats.
Mark her memory well. We shall not see her like again.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 8th, at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 505 E. 8th Ave., Fort Morgan, CO. Martha would have preferred donations to an animal shelter instead of flowers.
Published in The Fort Morgan Times on Mar. 4, 2014