Memorial service July 23 for Edna Polhemus Wells
Edna M. Polhemus Wells, 77, passed from this life on November 21, 2009, after a long and courageous 22-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Edna moved back to the mountains she loved in September, 2006 and lived in the long-term care facility at Kremmling Memorial Hospital. During the three years she lived there, she was cared for with love, compassion and respect by so many wonderful caregivers, nurses, doctors and many others who work there. Everybody did so many special things to make her days comfortable and happy. Edna considered it her “home.”
Edna was born on September 17, 1932 in Colorado Springs to Mary and Charles Snyder, the eldest of nine children. Edna was raised in Colorado Springs and married G. Ernest Polhemus in October 1948. They lived in Fairplay in 1949 for a short time before returning to Colorado Springs. In 1952, they moved to Fountain, where they owned and operated a livestock ranch and feedlot. Edna continued to live on the ranch after her husband’s death in October 1956, with their three sons and daughter until 1959. In May 1958, she married Vernon H. Wells and had a daughter. The family moved to (old) Dillon on October 31, 1959, when Vernon and Edna’s father were hired to build the Robert’s Tunnel. The family lived in (old) Dillon until they moved to Frisco in 1961. Edna was active in the community as a member of the Dillon Community Church as well as a Sunday school teacher and church treasurer. She also served as the PTA president in the mid 1960s. From 1963 through 1968, Edna and her family delivered the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News in Summit County, seven days a week. She also worked for Ellis’ at their motel and store from 1961 to 1964.
Edna loved to write. She was the community news correspondent for the Summit County Journal in 1962-1963, writing articles titled “Frisco Fragments” and “Dillon Doings,” covering local events and featuring the residents of Summit County. Edna worked as manager and buyer for the Frisco Department Store and Frisco Liquors from 1964 through 1975. She traveled to Denver weekly to purchase supplies for the stores. Edna was a very caring woman, often donating food and clothing to struggling families during difficult times.
Edna moved to Yates Center, Kansas in 1975, where she pursued her passion for gardening, producing enough vegetables to share with her extended family in Colorado. She enjoyed fishing, caring for all her animals on the farm and growing many beautiful flowers. Edna continued her love of writing as the community news correspondent for the Yates Center News, attending church and caring for her grandchildren.
Edna returned to Colorado during the 1990s for extended periods of time to care for her parents and sister until their deaths, despite the progression of her Parkinson’s disease. She moved back to Colorado in 1997 after the death of her husband, Vernon, in May 1996.
Edna is survived by her sons, Bill Polhemus of Sterling; Chuck Polhemus of Fairplay and John (Linda) Polhemus of Frisco; her daughters, Joanne (Jerry) Green of Summit Cove and Kathy Wells Mulsow of Wichita, Kansas; grandchildren, Cami (Jon) Winston, Sarah (Adrian) Pacheco, Daniel (Wendy) Green, Nicole (Piotr) Niemkiewicz, Amanda, Melissa and Kyle Mulsow, Charles Sherwood, Tasha (Jeff) Rusan, Chad Polhemus and Teri Silbert; great grandchildren, Tessa and Lexi Winston, Eli Pacheco, Caitlyn and Brynne Green, Tianna Mulsow, Gabriella Baker, C.J. and Kailin Silbert, Alexander and Jackson Rusan, Chai Sherwood; sister, Barbara Hancock; brothers, Charles (Carroll) Snyder, Norman (Connie) Snyder and Russell Snyder, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; Helen, her best friend of 71 years, (Keith), brother in law, Ed Polhemus and family, extended family, Michelle, Deb, Bob, Mark and their families and many friends.
Preceding her in death, were her husbands, Ernest Polhemus and Vernon Wells; parents, Mary and Charles Snyder; sisters, Della, Dolores, Linda and brother, Carl, granddaughter, Lynn Polhemus and great granddaughter, Alexis Mulsow-VanDyke.
Edna will be remembered for her love and devotion to all of her family. In honor of our mother, we would like to share the life lessons she demonstrated and taught us… to be kind, polite, respectful, caring, considerate, thoughtful and appreciative. She also taught us about the importance of unconditional love and compassion. To enjoy the beauty of the world around us, to be independent and determined, to find strength within yourself to do the best you can in all situations, to value the work you do, to be there for others when they need you, to take the time to express your love daily to your family and to treasure your family history.
Edna’s faith in God helped her to endure the many hardships throughout her life. Edna’s wish that her tissue be donated to further the research in finding a cure for Parkinson’s has been fulfilled by her children and so many wonderful people who went above and beyond to help us.
A Memorial Service to Celebrate Edna’s Life will be held at 2 p.m. July 23 at Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd. in Colorado Springs.
Contributions may be made to Kremmling Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 399 Kremmling Co. 80459 to help maintain the bird aviary, outside bird feeders and purchase flowers for the window boxes that Edna enjoyed so much while living in her “home”.
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