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Community mourns loss

Business pillar, dedicated volunteer dies

Joshua Roberts

Thanks to the compassion of a local woman, hundreds of underprivileged Craig children have received Christmas presents over the years that they otherwise would not have gotten.

Georgina McAnally, a Craig resident and a pillar in both the business and volunteer communities, helped found the Christmas for Kids program more than a decade ago. Distributing the gifts was one of her passions in life, said her husband of 37 years, Roy McAnally.

“Her real passion was Christmas for Kids,” Roy McAnally said. “She always felt no child should be needy … that all kids deserve to be happy and it’s the little things in life that make people smile.”

Today, it’s memories such as these that friends and family are using to help tipper the sorrow from McAnally’s passing. Georgina, 56, died at 2:18 p.m. Saturday at her home on Box Canyon Road.

Services are pending at Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave. She leaves behind her husband and two sons, Jamie and Bryan.

Georgina earned her living as the owner and broker of American Northwest Realty. She was also a significant contributor to economic development and community causes.

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Her resume included serving as an ambassador with the Craig Chamber of Commerce, chairperson of the Christmas for Kids program and a volunteer with Moffat County United Way. She also served as a board member of the Economic Development Partnership and was a past president of the Board of Realtors and vice president of the northwest district.

“She was very active in our community,” Roy said. “She loved the community, loved Craig, loved the people. She always loved helping people.”

Chamber executive director Christina Currie is one who can testify to McAnally’s community spirit and value.

“Georgina is exactly the kind of volunteer that every organization wants 12 of,” Currie said. “She was always willing to help, offering her time, money and ideas to help make whatever project she was involved in a success. Her death is a blow to the Chamber. She’ll be missed not only for her contributions, but for the energy she brought to the group.

“She was warm, friendly and always ready to laugh. The entire community will feel this loss.”

Craig resident Jerry Thompson knew Georgina for about 30 years. He also served on several boards with her, including the EDP and the foundation pledged with raising money for a new hospital.

“It’s a real loss because she was a real asset to the community,” Thompson said. “She tried to make Craig a better place. She’s just one of those people that come along once in a while that want to better the people and place around her.”

But, without question, it was Georgina’s work with the Christmas program — a program that also served senior citizens — that she enjoyed the most.

Christmas for Kids, a program similar in scope to Toys for Tots, began in 1991. Each year, local volunteers like Georgina rallied community members and businesses around a singular cause — bringing a small dose of holiday cheer to the less fortunate — by acquiring donations to buy gifts for the underserved.

A story published in a 2004 edition of the Daily Press echoed her thoughts when it came to donating to children. She relayed stories of parents who shed tears of gratitude that someone was willing to buy their children a gift.

“When I get an application that says ‘just anything’ on the request line,” Georgina told the newspaper, “that’s touching.”

Like Thompson, Scott Cook was also a long-time acquaintance of Georgina’s. He worked with her on the EDP and other boards. He said her work with the Christmas for Kids programs — and on numerous other causes — was in keeping with her love of the community.

“She was on just about every board there was,” said Cook, chairman of the EDP board. “Craig will miss her greatly. She was always there.”

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