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Marybeth Gerkin

Marybeth Louise Gerkin

Tuesday, October 6th, 1992 - Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
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Marybeth Louise Gerkin was born on October 6, 1992, a true gift to her parents after six long years of praying for a child. Born in Newport, RI, she spent the first seven years of her life travelling with her parents wherever the Navy sent her Dad. She arrived in Jacksonville, FL not yet a month old. She was joined by a sister, Audreyanne, during her two years in Jacksonville, after which she moved with her family to Charleston, SC. In Charleston for less than a year, she then moved to Sioux City, IA. Enjoying four years in Sioux City, she was blessed with two more sisters, Annalyse and Lauren Christi, followed by her first brother, Stefan. In 1999, with her Dad leaving active duty in the Navy, she and her family returned to her parent’s home of Colorado, first landing in Greeley, and eventually ending up in Eaton. It was here in Colorado that she was to be joined by two more brothers, John Morgan and Gabriel, and one final sister, Keri Lynnae.

From birth she brought so much joy to her family. Bright, courageous, and strong-willed, she was always seeking new adventures. As a baby, she had lungs that could pierce quarter inch steel when she was unhappy, and not content to crawl for more than a short period, she began to pick herself up and run, even before she was walking well. A hard collision with the corner of a coffee table smack in the middle of her forehead could not slow her down for more than the 10 minutes of time crying in her Mom’s arms, after which it was back to full speed ahead. In short order, she would conquer, and master, all the scariest playground obstacles with every move to a new place.

As the number of her siblings grew, she took firm leadership of the young clan, leading them through the many adventures that childhood has to offer, including some that her siblings would rather not have experienced, particularly when it came to finding and caring for the menagerie of lower life forms found in the soil, window wells and in the ponds of surrounding parks. Her love of animals, of all kinds, led her to have many pets throughout life, including fish, salamanders, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets, hedgehogs, and most of all her beloved cats. Because children’s prayers carry such weight, her first kitten, Oliver, showed up at our door shortly after moving to Greeley. We are sure of this because scouring the neighborhood, local signs and the newspaper, for reports of a missing kitten produced no results – after which she confidently declared that Oliver was delivered by her angel.

In 2005, she suffered the tragedy of losing her mother unexpectedly just one month shy of her 13th birthday. Through the years, she had developed a deep connection with her Mom, and loved her more than life itself. The broken heart she inherited at this time was to be a defining factor in her remaining years. Though not without many wonderful times spent with her family and friends in the pursuing years, she struggled to heal, and was eventually diagnosed with bipolar depression.

Even this would not stop her from wonderfully fulfilling her career as a Certified Nurse Assistant in several different nursing homes in Greeley, and finally Denver. Just as she loved caring for her pets, she adored her residents, often telling her family stories of the beautiful lives of the residents she cared for through the years. One of her greatest joys was being able to care for her Grand Aunt as she struggled with Alzheimer’s. On a couple of occasions, she tried to move into hospital care, but always returned to elderly care because she loved the longer term personal relationships she was able to develop with those under her care. In this career, she was able to put to use her deep compassion, love, and care for those who need assistance in their lives.

In the end, she succumbed to her struggles with bipolar depression, and particularly her broken heart from losing her mother. Her family would like all to know that the pain of her loss is blunted with the understanding that she is now at peace, and with her mother, whom she has so missed for fifteen years. She will be deeply missed by her family, but we are so very proud of the beautiful young woman she grew into.

She was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Jacque Gerkin, her maternal grandparents Ivan and Alma Linnebur, and her paternal grandfather Maynard Gerkin. She is survived by her Dad Rick, her second Mom Beth, her sisters Audreyanne, Annalyse, Lauren Christi and Keri Lynnae, and her brothers Stefan, John Morgan and Gabriel. She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins on both sides of her family.

Viewing service, Wednesday July 29, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 pm at Adamson Life Celebration Home with Rosary at 7:00 pm and cookie reception to follow until 8:30 pm. Funeral service at St. Peter Catholic Church, 915 12th St, Greeley, CO 80631 at 9:30 am, Thursday, July 30, 2020. To leave condolences for the Gerkin family, visit www.adamsoncares.com

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Raphael Counseling, found at https://ccdenver.org/StRaphael/ .
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Adamson Celebration Center
    Address
    2000 47th Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
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  • Rosary Service

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 7:00pm
    Location
    Adamson Celebration Center
    Address
    2000 47th Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 | 9:30am
    When
    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 9:30am
    Location
    St Peter Catholic Church
    Address
    915 12th St
    GREELEY, CO 80631
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    Officiant
    Father Tomasz Strzebonski
    Co-Celebrant
    Deacon John Wehrman

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Maggie Duncan + Smart City Family

Posted at 10:30am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Lauren Cormier

Posted at 07:39pm
I had the delightful pleasure of meeting miss Marybeth in the LPN program, and while it was only a few short months that we had in class, there was no denying the love and light that radiated from her soul. Yes, heaven has received an angel, but our world has undoubtedly lost such a precious piece. My condolences to the entire family, and may you all find peace in your hearts knowing that miss Marybeth touched the lives of so many and will be gracefully watching over.
 

Rick Gerkin Posted at 02:04pm

Thank you so much for sharing with us, Lauren. Your kind words, and the loving friendship you shared with her are a great comfort to us. And you are right, she is watching over all of us now with a love that will never be diminished by the shortcomings of this world.
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C. Sherman

Posted at 05:46pm
I had the joy of working with Marybeth at Michael's a few years ago and remember her light brightening the days. She was a charming and unique soul with a great love and caring for others. I know she had trials and we had several chats about her past and her potential path forward. My heart breaks for her family and friends as they process this loss. She is gracing heaven with her impish self and I believe she is with her mama again. Peace to you, MG.
 

Rick Gerkin Posted at 02:02pm

Thank you for sharing your kind words and love with us, it is so very appreciated.

Aileen Bustos

Posted at 11:52pm
My memories with MaryBeth begin in high school. We shared fitness class together and I’ll never forget a time when we were working out on fitness balls and she just could not stop giggling. Although we didn’t hang out outside of class more than a handful of times, we reconnected a few years later and when we said goodbye, it almost felt like a physical void in my heart as we walked away. We stayed in touch messaging back and forth consistently over these years... she always had a funny comment, always had a positive thing to say, and sooo many words of encouragement. She loved to gain insight into the world around us, and then discuss its meaning together. Every time she reached out was truly a treat. Her energy, beauty, and the purity of her heart will be missed.
 

Rick Gerkin Posted at 02:01pm

Thank you so much for sharing your memories, Aileen. Your kind words truly reflect who Marybeth is, and we are grateful for the loving friendship you shared with her.
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Heidi Swanson

Posted at 05:29pm
I am devastated at the loss of our Dear Marybeth. I loved working with her and she touched the lives of so many residents families and coworkers. We watched her grow so much over the last five years together. She had such deep empathy and wisdom beyond her years, she was one of the friends I could talk to about anything. I am so very sorry we have all lost a sensitive soul who was Loved by so many.
 

Rick Gerkin Posted at 01:46pm

Thank you so much for sharing this, Heidi. Hearing your kind words, and knowing you shared such a loving friendship with Marybeth means more than the world to us.
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