Genelle Salabar Macht, ranch wife, organizer of the Southwest Land Alliance, horsewoman, prize-winning rose and flower grower, 4-H leader, square dancer and member of many teams of volunteer groups in the community, passed away May 2, 2012.
She was born in Bayfield, Colo., on Oct. 2, 1914, to Albert and Bessie Clara Salabar. She attended school in Bayfield, riding her horse from the ranch up the Pine River every day to her grandmother Springer’s house in town. She attended Fort Lewis College after her high school graduation in Bayfield, where she met H. Ray Macht. They were married Oct. 1, 1933, and moved to their ranch in Pagosa Springs. They raised Hereford cattle, Morgan and quarter horses and two children there. In 2002, after 69 years of marriage, Ray passed away. He was 89 years old at that time.
Genelle was still active, riding her 4X4 to visit neighbors, driving to play bridge in her Jeep and enjoying the seasons. School sports and concerts were attended; she was a volunteer at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce.
She is survived by her children, Jean and John Taylor, Carl and Gloria Macht, grandchildren Becky and David Guilliams, Raymond and Julie Taylor, Karn and Megan Macht, great-grandchildren J.D. Guilliams, Lilly Taylor and Corbin Macht.
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund for vocational awards for Skills USA students will be set up at Citizens Bank.
A friends and family gathering will be planned at a later date for all of us to recall her life.