Georgia Jean (VanAmburg) Haines

Georgia Haines
Georgia Haines

Georgia Haines, age 94 of Glenwood Springs passed away on Friday November 20th, 2020 from a sudden illness. She was born in Lansing Michigan on January 21, 1926, the second child of Clarence VanAmburg and Clela Williams VanAmburg. She grew up on her Grandparents’ farm outside of Portland Michigan and attended the Monroe school, a one room country school, until sixth grade. She graduated from Portland High School in 1943, and then attended Adrian College, where she met and married her true love, Bernie Haines in 1946. Bernie had been called to work at Oak Ridge National Laboratories during WWII, and Georgia went to join him and worked as a research assistant there after the war. She finished her undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Michigan State University in 1950, and soon took her first teaching job in Haslett, Michigan.

Georgia and Bernie moved to the Colorado Springs area in 1952. Georgia taught at various schools on the eastern slope, and also worked as a mathematician at the National Bureau of Standards. Additionally, she and Bernie owned and operated The Terrace Hotel, a historic summer resort in Green Mountain Falls, for five summers. They relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1962. Georgia taught at Basalt High School and later at Glenwood Springs High School, until she retired in 1985. She earned a Masters degree in Education in 1969.

Georgia was a dedicated teacher, always trying to help her students succeed. She was known for her ready smile and sweet disposition. She loved getting out in nature, hiking, seeing wildflowers, and watching birds. In retirement, she swam many laps at the hot springs pool, enjoyed camping and traveling, and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. They loved to hear stories of her early life on the farm and at the one room school. Her last years were spent in good health, happily living in her own home with her grandson Van and his partner Anna.

She is survived by her daughter Trina Haines, son-in-law Bruce Wampler, grandchildren Van Wampler (and partner Anna Murphy) and Finley Haines (and partner Zee Winningham), sisters Lois Smith and Doris Babbitt, both of Portland MI, as well many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Bernie, her parents, sisters Elaine Thrasher, Arleta Reddin, and brother Don VanAmburg. Her cheerful presence be missed by all who knew her. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at a time when it is safe to gather again.

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Georgia — 30 Comments

  1. I’m shocked and terribly saddened at this time. My heart and sympathies to you Trina, Bruce,Van and Finley. Georgia’s love for you all was so immense. I will miss her dearly, she was a very special person to me. A great sister-in-law and a fabulous friend.

  2. I don’t have any real specific story about my Aunt Georgia. I just know she was, as many have said, always smiling and so kind. She always made you feel so important by how she engaged in a conversation with you, sincerely interested in your life. What a wonderful, full and adventurous life she lived. She will be missed by so many. I am so very sorry Trina, Bruce, Van and Finley. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Love you!

  3. So much warmth and love in such a small package! Her smiling presence has been such a gift to our beloved community and will so be missed. Holding Trina, Bruce and family in Love and Light.

  4. Georgia was my colleague, friend and support at GSHS. And even more she was an inspiring teacher for my own children. It was my great pleasure to reconnect with her in 2016. My condolences to her family. She will surely be missed.

  5. Georgia was a special friend ever since we were in first class at the community center. Loved her and will miss her greatly. Forever in our hearts.

  6. Oh, I was so sad to hear about the passing of my friend Georgia. Though I didn’t know her well she was one of the first to welcome me at the Unitarian church in Carbondale. She was so bright and full of life and I instantly loved her. I know she was a blessing to your family and that she brought great joy to all who knew her. I send you my heartfelt sympathy but also my warm thoughts knowing that she was so loved.

  7. It was such a joy to get to know Georgia while we lived in CO. She always had a smile on her face and a good word to share. She lived a long, full life with an amazing family who loved and appreciated her wit and charm. I will cherish the memories of her and Bernie exercising at Yampa Yahoos and the many times we went out to lunch together. May your hearts be comforted as we go through this most difficult time.

  8. There are so many things about Aunt Georgia that I loved. I always enjoyed the Hotel and her good cooking and making a cactus “garden” there. I loved hearing her family stories when She came to Portland & stayed with my Mom & Dad. She was so much fun to hike with and look for rocks & Dinosaur bones in Colorado. I will miss our phone calls the most; I really enjoyed talking to her about family history. She was so full of information. I am so very sorry for your loss, but losing Aunt Georgia is also a loss for everyone of us.

  9. As a teacher, she was great. As a friend later in life it was an absolute joy to reconnect. As I am sad for your loss, I also relish the joy of having Georgia around and in your life. She and the family were and are blessed. My warmest wishes and love

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