Mary Edith Goeritz
1947 - 2021
Born July 1, 1947 and raised in Palisade Colorado, by her parents, Lena Ruth (Carnahan) Hampton and Harry Lee Hampton. Mary passed away May 10, 2021.
Mary was very active in High School, serving in student counsel, a member of the speech and drama club, Sophomore class president and Sophomore Homecoming attendant.
She graduated from Palisade High School in 1965, attended Mesa Jr. College 1965, graduated in 1967. While attending Mesa College 1967, Mary was Phi Theta Kappa and had the honor to be in an elite group of 12 outstanding students, selected by faculty and administration of Mesa College, known as the Mavericks. She attended the University Of Northern Colorado, graduated 1969 with a B/A, in education. She always was proud of the fact that she paid her way through college with a 4.0 grade point average by packing peaches, and working at one of the Palisade landmarks, the Union 76 station for Cora and Bennett Young. Her dad was a hard working coal miner that worked at the Cameo mine before it closed down and then at the Bear mine in Paonia, Colorado. Her mom was a hard working house wife beside being the local Avon lady. In the small town of Palisade, the three sisters, nor their boyfriends, could get away with much without her knowing. (Telephone, Telegraph and Tell a Avon lady).
Mary taught third grade for one year at Clifton Elementary School, before marriage to Carl E. Goeritz, Broomfield, CO. Her husband brought her kicking and screaming over to the eastern slope, where she continued to teach third grade at Malley Dr. Elementary in Northglenn, CO for four years.
In 1973 Mary and her husband built their home east of Brighton in Van-Aire Airpark, where her family still resides. They just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 1, 2020.
She started a family, before going back to teaching, serving as a Paraprofessional at Northeast Elementary, Brighton, CO, in Title One, then teaching third grade for five years at Northeast and retiring in 2010.
She went on to sub and volunteer at Northeast for several years after retirement.
Her hobbies were crewel embroidery, sewing, and bird watching.
Mary is survived by her husband Carl (Buddy) Goeritz; two sons, Carl Brandon Goeritz and Brian Richmond Goeritz; and two sisters, Barbra Hampton of Grand Junction, CO and Carolyn Granat of Albuquerque, NM. She is preceded in death by her parent, Lena Ruth and Harry L (Dutch) Hampton.
Her family is taking her back to Palisade, CO for a Celebration of Life on July 3, 2021 at the American Legion Hall in the park, starting at 11:00 AM, 120 West 8th St., Palisade CO 81526.
Arrangements were handled by Tabor Funeral Home, Brighton, CO. Share memories and condolences with Mary's family by visiting the online obituary at
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Published by Colorado Community Media on Jun. 19, 2021.
Celebration of Life
Palisade United Methodist Church
365 Main Street, Palisade, CO
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