Deanne Elliott and Barbara Payne have been named Colorado Master Farm Homemakers for 2012 in recognition of their leadership, community service and dedication to agriculture. They were honored at the annual Colorado Master Farm Homemaker Guild awards luncheon in Colorado Springs, October 20.
Deanne and her husband, Thad Elliott make their home on a Colorado Centennial farm established in 1908 near Monte Vista, Colo., where they grow fresh market potatoes and brewing barley. Deanne is an active partner in the farming operation, but her endeavors reach far beyond the farm fences. Always an advocate for education, Deanne has served on the Sargent Schools Board of education and also with the Colorado Association of school boards, holding the office of president in both boards. She volunteered countless hours as helper and sponsor during the time her three daughters were in school, including teaching art and sewing. She has been instrumental in securing grants for the school and worked on many projects.
A 25 year member of the Association of Family and Community Education Clubs, Deanne has been both president of her local club and the District V FCE association and headed up a state conference held in the San Luis Valley. As an employee of the San Luis Valley Small Business Development, she assists local business in assessing needs unique to small towns and encourages new business development. She is a talented seamstress, cook and gardener whose hobbies include photography, skiing and hiking.
Barbara Payne has lived in the Rush community in El Paso county all her life. She and her husband Robert have a successful cattle and haying business. In addition to working on the ranch, Barb has contributed countless hours of service to Farm Bureau, Pikes Peak and Colorado Cattlewomen, Tri-County Fire Department, Rush United Methodist Church and the Miami-Yoder School District. She is particularly supportive of community youth and young adults: her efforts inspire others to participate and she is quick to recognize their efforts.
Barb’s creative energy is exemplified in the beautiful wedding cakes she has baked, decorated and delivered to wedding destinations for more than 30 years. Perhaps most interesting of her many talents, Barb is a water douser with the gift of locating well sites. She often performs this service free gratis — perhaps because as a young wife and mother of four, she cooked, kept house and tended to ranch chores without the convenience of running water!
El Paso County Farm bureau nominated Barbara for Master Farm Homemaker in recognition of her high principles, honesty, strong work ethic and giving character.
The Colorado Cattlemen, Colorado Farm Bureau, Farm Credit of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee help sponsor Master Farm Homemaker awards. Additional support is provided by Colorado Cattlewomen and the Colorado State Grange. ❖