We honor members of the weaving and spinning communities who are no longer with us. We thank their families and friends for making donations to reach out to other fiber enthusiasts.
Pat Larsen - 1927 - 2018
Pat loved to work with textiles, and was an avid weaver, spinner, and knitter. She was a long-time member of the Bozeman Weavers and Spinners Guild. She created beautiful quilts to commemorate the weddings of her grandchildren and the births of her great-grandchildren.
She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Home Economics and moved to Bozeman in 1968. Pat is fondly remembered by those she taught to weave and MAWS members who took weaving workshops from her.
Vernice Myers - 1924 - 2017
From Cody, Wyoming, Vernice began her weaving career in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was already well-known as a painter. In Michigan, Vernice’s weaving consisted mainly of large, commissioned wall hangings: two for the LAW School, two for the Physician’s Office Complex, and several for an interior decorator. Later Vernice broadened her production to include everything from totes and vests, to shawls and coverlets. She also spun and dyed yarn. Vernice founded Cody’s Yellowstone Weavers and Spinners Guild in 1976 and was one of the three original members of Western Weavers, a prolific complex weaving guild with members from both Montana and Wyoming. At age 76, Vernice continued to weave enthusiastically keeping three looms dressed and humming at all times. Vernice’s greatest gift was her enthusiasm for the arts of handweaving and handspinning.
Joyce Shepard - 1927 - 2018
Joyce found the lifestyle she was seeking in Bozeman in 1980. She worked as housemother at the Pi Beta Phi house on campus, and pursued classes in writing and fiber arts. She moved from the sorority house to a condo she set up as a fiber arts studio with looms, spinning wheels, and yarn, which were the focus of her activities for her remaining years. She was active in Spinners and Weavers groups in Bozeman. She was a volunteer at the Museum of the Rockies as an antique fabric preservationist under Margaret Wood and as a spinner at the Tinsley House, and at the Bozeman Symphony.