On March 11th, 2023, Georgia R. Seibel passed away at her home in Aztec, New Mexico following a brief battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) / Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She was 80.
Georgia is survived by her husband, Don, who took incredible care of her throughout their remarkable life together and made certain her final days were as bright and peaceful as possible; her sons, Darryl (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Greg (Odessa, Texas); daughters-in-law Amie and Lori; grandchildren Zachary, Logan and Allie; and great grandchildren Annabelle and Odette.
Georgia was born March 27th, 1942 in Durango, Colorado. The eldest of the four children of Adolpho and Juanita Olguin (Georgia, Ramona, Richard and Lance), she was raised on a farm in Tiffany, Colorado and graduated from nearby Ignacio High School in 1960.
Shortly after graduating from high school, Georgia moved to Denver, where she attended cosmetology school. Upon graduation, she returned to Southern Colorado and began a highly successful career as a cosmetologist in Ignacio and Durango. She had a large and loyal base of clients that followed her throughout her career.
In 1978, Don and Georgia moved their family to Aztec where Georgia transitioned to a new career as an office manager, working for two successful accounting firms in Farmington. Georgia managed the firms in the same way she did her home: with premium efficiency, candor and just the right amount of tough love – characteristics for which she was widely admired and respected.
Away from work, Georgia loved spending meaningful time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, reading and, later in life, playing bridge. Many did not know, but in her younger years, Georgia was a champion bowler, winning the Durango City Championship and competing several times in the U.S National Championships, and an excellent water skier. Rare was the weekend between the months of May and October that she, Don and their sons were not found at Navajo Lake, which became the backdrop for many wonderful memories with family and friends.
Perhaps more than anything, Georgia was generous, loyal, inquisitive and fun. She was strong-willed and certain, but had a heart that was unfailingly kind. She was a loving wife, incredible mom and adored her grandchildren unendingly.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Ramona Ortiz, whom she treasured.
True to her humble upbringing, Georgia requested there not be a memorial service. Instead, in keeping with her spirit, please make the most of the time you have together with family and close friends, just as Georgia always did.