Rose Mary Allmendinger, 70, owner of the historic Hitch Rack Ranch, south of Colorado Springs, died suddenly at home on September 10. Rose Mary was born in Rocky Ford, Colorado on August 14, 1939. She attended Colorado State University, majoring in textile fabrics. After getting married and starting a family, Rose Mary worked in the fashion industry, modeling for Vogue magazine. She enjoyed a successful career in real estate, designing and developing Creekside Condominiums, a project which won the Governors Award for Design. As a rancher and breeder of quarter horses, she was selected as the only woman in the first Agricultural Leaderhip Program, which traveled to Japan and China. Rose Mary is survived by her children, Blake of Los Angeles, California, and Cindi (husband, Dale Sivils) of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and her grandchildren, Taylor and Matt Stratton. A wake will be held Friday, September 18, from 3:00-5:00 at the Edelweiss Restaurant, 34 E. Ramona Avenue, Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Animal Welfare Protection Society, PO Box 11208, Pueblo, CO, 81001.
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Published in The Gazette on Sept. 15, 2009