It is with deep sorrow and love we announce that Marty (Geist) Burleson, beloved wife, mom and Granny passed away peacefully on November 7, 2022, surrounded by family.
Marty was born to Al and Lela (Starbuck) Geist in Salida, Colorado on November 11, 1945, the second of two children. She attended school in Salida, graduating from Salida High School in 1963. It is also in Salida where her lifelong love story began in the third grade when she first drew the attention of her eventual husband Richard whom she would marry on September 18, 1965. They moved briefly to Ellinwood, Kansas where they welcomed their son Brady, prior to moving to Florence, Colorado where they welcomed their daughter, Brenna and settled to raise their family. Marty began her career in Florence working for doctors Gamache and Buglewicz but truly found her calling at the First National Bank of Florence (later renamed Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust) where she worked her way from the teller desk to eventually serving as Vice President, Interim President and Board Member before retiring in 2005.
Marty loved to travel, golf, read, and weave. She put her weaving skills on display through many projects, but her best work was demonstrated in the baby blankets made with love for each of her grandchildren. While she was a loving wife, mom, and a great friend to many, Granny truly loved her grandchildren who made her eyes light up whenever they visited. She provided everyone with a listening ear and a voice of reason. Marty was loved by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband Rich Burleson, her children Brady (Terri) Burleson and Brenna (Paul) Markson, grandchildren Morgan Burleson, Lindsey Burleson, Landon Burleson, Paul Markson IV, and Tucker Markson. Marty is preceded in death by her brother Gary Geist.
Services will be held at 10:30 AM on December 10th at the Steeple Event Center in Cañon City with reception to follow at the Florence Elks Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Wounded Warriors Project.