Martha Geib, 1933–2022
Martha “Marty” Geib, 89, passed peacefully at home on the ranch in Kenwood, surrounded by family, on March 22, 2022. Marty was born in Watsonville, Calif., on Jan. 8,1933, to Burton and Marjorie Cochrane, and had a sister, Mary Jeanette. They moved to Kenwood, where Marty attended Dunbar Elementary School. Marty grew up riding horses and had the run of Sonoma Valley. She also rode with the Centaurs Drill Team and competed throughout the western United States.
Marty started at Santa Rosa High School, then transferred to Anna Head, in Berkeley, Calif., before moving to the family ranch in Nevada. Marty spent long days riding in the saddle, working cattle and learning the ropes. She became a very accomplished horsewoman, riding alongside talented and seasoned vaquero Frank Grazide. Marty graduated from Reno High School in 1950, and then attended San Mateo Junior College, where she was a member of both the regular and synchronized swimming teams. Marty was a beautiful swimmer, with both grace and power combined.
Marty met the love of her life on a blind date, when Marty’s classmate, Doris, set her up with her brother, Ed Geib. It was love at first sight. Two months later, on July 24,1954, Marty and Ed were married at St. Francis Solano Church in Sonoma, with the reception held at Marty’s childhood home, “The Stone House,” in Kenwood.
Marty and Ed moved to San Luis Obispo, where Ed was finishing a pre-vet degree at Cal Poly. Marty gave birth to her first son there, John, in 1955. The family moved to Santa Barbara, where Ed was working on a thoroughbred horse ranch. Marty gave birth to twins, Janet and Jim. They set the Santa Barbara record for the largest birth weight of twins born.
In 1957, Marty and Ed, with three babies in tow, moved back to manage the family’s Kenwood Hereford Ranch. Pat was born in Santa Rosa in1959. Marty became a Catholic, and her faith was a very important part of her life.
Marty was the ultimate homemaker and a great cook. She loved hosting parties, including an annual New Year’s Eve party. She also helped out with all aspects of ranching. Marty was a past member of the Kenwood School Association and the Kenwood Community Club at the Kenwood Depot, and a valued member of the Kenwood Fire Department. The fire department was a huge part of Marty’s life, as Ed was fire chief for close to 40 years.
Thanks to Marty and her love of swimming, many kids learned to swim as Marty was one of the swim instructors at Morton’s Warm Springs for many years.
Marty and Ed, in the seventies, built and ran the Kenwood Country Store, across from the Kenwood Depot on Warm Springs Road. It was a true family business, with all the kids working there. When the store sold, Marty, Ed, and son Jim started planting grapes in the early nineties, establishing Geib Ranch Vineyard, selling premium grapes to wineries in Sonoma and Napa Counties.
Marty and Ed, along with lifelong friends, loved to travel. They often went to Baja California and the Sea of Cortez for fishing. They also enjoyed salmon fishing out of Fort Bragg and Bodega Bay.
Marty loved to fish and waterski and take boat vacations. When the kids were young, they would take the boat and neighborhood kids to Lake Pillsbury, Trinity Lake, and Lake Berryessa. As the kids got older, they had lakefront vacation homes, the first on Lake Berryessa, road 8, with many great times and friends.
Marty and Ed traveled the country in a motorhome before retiring to Kelseyville, Calif., on Clear Lake. Marty enjoyed her neighbors, going out to dinner, and feeding all the birds.
Marty moved back to the ranch following Ed’s passing in 2012. Marty was displaced during the 2017 fires, escaping with her life as the fire burned four homes on the ranch. Marty, after spending two years living with her daughters, moved back into a brand-new home on the ranch in 2019. She enjoyed her final years in her home, assisted by daughter Pat and long-time friend and helper, Marina Hurtado. Marty spent her last day outside at the ranch, on a beautiful spring day, and then gently passed in her chair. A life well lived and a peaceful passing.
Marty is survived by her children: John (Penny) Geib, Janet (Bob) Uboldi, Jim (Patti) Geib, and Pat Geib Alexander; her five grandchildren, Gary (Adrienne), Lauren (Will), Catie, Sheila, Troy (Kim); five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Doris Long; and her nieces: Carol, Nancy, Teri, and Christi. Marty is pre-deceased by her parents, Marjorie and Burton Cochrane; sister Mary Jeanette Rodman, husband Ed Geib, grandson Warren Uboldi, son-in-law Frank Alexander, and brother-in-law Stan Long.
The family recently held a private funeral mass. A Celebration of Life will be held July 9, 2022, in the Maple Ring at Geib Ranch.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Elsie Allen High School Ag Boosters, 599 Bellevue Ave., Santa Rosa, Calif., 95407-7713; Kenwood Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund, 9045 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, Calif., 95452; or a charity of your choosing.