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Veronica "Nicki" Rister 1954-2012
Nicki Rister of Kremmling, Colo., died at her home on June 7, 2012. Nicki Budai was born July 21, 1954 in Farmington, NM. After moving to Colorado in 1981, Nicki met the love of her life, Gordon Rister, and they were wed in 1982. Together they had a daughter, Jennifer, in November of 1982. Their second child, Michael, followed in March of 1985.
After moving to Kremmling in 1995, Nicki enjoyed restoring her home and found her passion in gardening. Cooking for friends and family and having their company brought her fulfillment. She made numerous friends through her work with Keystone Ski Resort, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, SolVista Ski Resort, and Granby Medical Center.
Nicki is survived by her husband of 30 years Gordon Rister of Kremmling, daughter Jennifer Chaffin of Golden, Son Michael Rister of Fort Collins, and her beloved Grandchildren Skyler, Caroline, and Tallon Chaffin.
A celebration of Nicki's life will be held at the Rister family home located at 300 Grand Avenue in Kremmling throughout the afternoon of Thursday, June 14th.
Leave a condolence for the family, share a story about NIcki or add a photo to Nicki's "Book of Memories" at www.grandcountymortuary.com.
Mark H. Shearon, Funeral Director, Grand County Mortuary, is in charge of arrangements. 970-725-9010.
Thursday, June 14th, 2012 12:00pm, Rister Residence
You could have loved me and loved your grand babies. You chose not to. I know the truths now. I know what happened now. I will never forgive you. It\'s worth swallowing the bit of poison for the lifetime of anguish.
Jenn Mar 16 2022 5:00 AM
I wish you could see me now. You live daily in my brain, and I wish love was a part of our relationship. I know now what has happened and I can only say you did the best you wanted to do. I look in the mirror and see you. My soul speaks your words and I still rebel because I know love trumps all. Truth: I wish you loved me the way I learned to love. I will always be your mistake, your forgotten, and that\'s okay. I know what you did, and I know my family and my friends love me regardless. I forgive you for the pain and for what you pushed under the rug. You wanted family, too. At my childhood expense at such a young age, but you did what you thought was… okay, To benefit you. What you did is what you did. Unforgivable was the abuses. I am erased, and that\'s okay. You and I know the truth and I live with it now. Thank you for being you because you inspired me to break a couple of cycles, and nothing will change that. I love my dad because he was there. You may have fallen in love with him after conceiving me, but you left a legacy of pain I bear. Not my perfect brother, not my dad, whom has moved on from me. Here I am 10 years out and my soul is still so damaged. I won\'t speak of what you allowed or what you did, but here I am, a decade later… lost and broken. Therapies of any kind haven\'t helped because I keep learning more of the truths. I\'ve risen above what you could have ever been with love, caring, and kindness. I will just say that. I bury you in my next bonfire to maybe bring you peace. I\'ve had my own since I was too young. I don\'t thank you. I thank myself for still being here despite the atrocities. 🤘🏻
J Mar 16 2022 4:57 AM
Nick and I were best friends from the day we started school until my dad was transferred to west Texas in our junior year. We got back together when she was living in Midland. When she moved to Colorado she was so excited and happy. Shortly after that we lost touch. When I found out last night she had passed away, part of me died a little too. But I will ALWAYS have my memories and she will be in my heart forever. My condolences to her family, she will be missed by all. Terri Smith
Terri Callaway Smith Jun 27 2012 12:00 AM
Dear Gordon and family I like to send my condolences in memory of your wife mother and friend . I worked with Nicki at granby Medical and I always felt in my heart she was a kind gentle soul. I will miss her as much as you all will . She will be in my prayers and heart . Her friend Fudgie Aguilar
Fudgie Aguilar Jun 14 2012 12:00 AM
Gordon,I am so sorry for yours and the world's loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rocky Frazier and Family
Rocky Frazier Jun 13 2012 12:00 AM
To the Rister Family - I was so shocked to hear of Nicki's passing. I have known her since she worked at Grand Futures, and we became good friends via email after I moved to Colorado Springs. I will miss her insight, her passion for tackling political causes, and her funny, funny jokes. Whoever says you can't make friends on the internet didn't know Nicki. There will be a big void in my inbox for a long time... My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your sorrow. Know that your mom/wife was loved by many.
Dawnie Baldo Jun 13 2012 12:00 AM
I was so shocked and very sad to hear of Nicki's death. I just recently met Nicki through Grand Community Gardens but was looking forward to working with such a positive, energetic person who was full of good ideas. The last time we talked we joked that we would be selling hot dogs as a fund raiser on her birthday. We will miss Nicki. My thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.
Merilyn Hunter Jun 12 2012 12:00 AM
Jennifer, Michael and Gordon please know that we are here for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. It leaves a hole in our hearts.
Herb and Kay Jun 11 2012 12:00 AM
My prayers to all of the family members. I knew the Budai's when we lived in New Mexico many years ago and I worked with Mr. Frank Budai. Condolences to Pauline, Leonard, Kevin, Karen and Christine. It is hard losing the youngest of the family at such an early age. May you all find comfort in God's love.
Darcy Gonzales Jun 10 2012 12:00 AM
Jenn, no words can make what your feeling any better. All we can offer is our love and condolences for you and your family. The loss of a loved one is difficult but when it's your mother it can seem impossible to get over the thought she'll never be there again. One day it will get easier but till then just know there are lots of people who love and care about you guys. We are here if you need anything all you have to do is ask. Love you guys!
Lance and Tammy Spracklen Jun 10 2012 12:00 AM