EMMETT, Idaho — Gerlene Ann Hash, known as Geri by most friends and family, was born in Red Lodge, Mont., on March 14, 1931, to Gus and Lydia Maki.
Geri was a cowgirl at heart and loved her horses. She rode to Fox School from the first through the eighth grade. She worked hand to hand with her father growing up. He raised her as the son that he never had, so housework and most "girly" things were not a part of her life on their farm on the Fox bench.
Geri graduated from Carbon County High School in 1949; she was a good student. After she graduated she joined family in San Bruno, Calif., and went to school in San Francisco. She worked at Pacific Telephone in the directory department for several months, but she wasn't cut out to be a "city girl" and went on to a job as a comptometer operator for Curry & Company in Yosemite Park. Still lonesome for her home state of Montana, she left Yosemite to work as a clerk in the Carbon County Treasurer's office in Red Lodge.
Geri and Bob Hash met in a square dance group and married in October of 1952. They lived and worked on the Hash Ranch in Luther and loved that type of life, but circumstances were such that they moved to San Bruno, Calif., after the birth of their first son, Clay, in 1953 to find work. Their second son, Robert "Craig," was born there and soon after they moved to Redwood City. Although they lived in an urban area, most weekends were spent in some type of family outdoor activity as they both missed their country roots. Their third son, Jerry "Joe," was born in 1964.
In 1966 they moved to a small acreage in Portola Valley, Calif., where they were able to maintain horses again and both became active as 4-H leaders.
They spent three years managing the Broken Arrow Ranch; her husband oversaw the reconstruction of buildings, roads, fences and the general ranching operations. Geri did the bookkeeping, and the large home they occupied was a meeting place and overnight stop for the many guests who came to the ranch. That entailed a whole lot of cooking, but she managed.
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After leaving the ranch, they sought a life in the foothills of the Sierras. They bought a country store in Chicago Park, Calif., which Geri managed and Bob went back to his career as a grading contractor.
After selling the store, they operated R.J. Hash Grading, with Geri managing the office and filling in as truck driver and equipment operator when needed. They were both very active members of the Nevada County Horsemen and were with the group that founded the Gold Country Trails Council.
After their youngest son took over the business in 1991, they moved to a small acreage along the Weiser River in Fruitvale, Idaho. Geri worked part time in the office of the Council Hospital and was awarded a Woman of the Year award for Community Service. Among the groups she was most involved in was the Heartland Back Country Horsemen.
Geri seemed to find her fulfillment in volunteerism. She was a tireless worker and officer in most any group she was involved in. She loved to travel and jumped at any chance to go anywhere. One of the highlights of her life was a trip on the Amazon in Peru.
Geri was preceded in death by sisters, Ina Wild and lla Sleveland.
She is survived by her loving husband, Robert “Bob”; sons, Clay (Laura) Hash, Craig (Toni) Hash and Joe Hash (Lisa Gorbet); grandchildren, Joanne Hash Converse, Josh Hash, Zack Hash and Soleil Hash-Gorbet, Kyllian (Darian) Genzmer, Brooke Genzmer and Ethan (Gaelan) Waterman; and three great-grandchildren.