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Kaye Howard Grounds

Kaye Howard Grounds, 85, of Greeley passed away on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at the Garden Square of Greeley Assisted Living.
Kaye was born March 6, 1931, in Craig, Colo., to Herold and Thelma Howard. She attended school in Craig and graduate from Craig High School in 1948.
On Aug. 6, 1950, she married Sam Grounds of Maybell, Colo. Sam and Kaye ranched for several years at the Sevens Ranch south-west of Maybell.
Tired of ranching, Kaye and her family moved to Greeley in 1959 where Kaye was a homemaker for her husband and three children. In 1967, Kaye returned to nursing school at Colorado State College (UNC) and graduated from the school of nursing in 1970.
Her grandparents were true Colorado pioneers who came to Colorado in the late 1880s to homestead. In keeping with her grandparents’ spirit, Kaye was a true pioneer in the home health care field.
After working nine years as the supervisor of The Home Healthcare Agency of the Weld County Health Department, Kaye founded the Rehabilitation and Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) in 1979, RVNA was the first nonprofit home healthcare agency in Weld County. In 1986, RVNA expanded to Larimer County. Kaye served as the president and CEO at RVNA until her retirement in 1996.
She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was always there for her family. She helped care for her grandmother, mother, children and she helped raise two of her grandchildren.
Kaye is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sam; and daughter, Deborah.
She is survived by her brother, Bill (Faye) Downs of Vallejo, Calif.; two sons, Jim Grounds of Evans and Michael (Elizabeth) Grounds of Greeley; grandchildren, Melissa Grounds of Greeley, Terri (Scott) Bluhm of Wellington, Jason Grounds of Fort Collins, Jarrod (Brittany) Grounds of Greeley, and Jordan (Karlee) Grounds; and great-grandson, Gunner of Greeley.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at the Craig cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Shaffer Rehabilitation, 2435 8th Ave., Greeley, Colo. 80631


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