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Friends and Neighbors: Maida Gotfrey

Serving up meals, pies and good conversation


Penny Merryfield

Maida Gotfrey serves customers during the Maida's Mini Mart open house on Saturday, November 21. Gotfrey, a long-time resident of the area enjoys visiting with customers buying groceries at the hometown market or friends and neighbors sitting down to eat. She rounds out her busy work schedule baking pies and cinnamon rolls by request.

With an armor of strength and perseverance garnered from tragedies she has endured throughout her life, Maida Gotfrey, chooses to keep moving forward by serving others in her community and surrounding communities.

Gotfrey was born on the Spohn farm and ranch homestead, established in 1886 in Oshkosh, Nebraska, where she said many family members were born. The rich history surrounding the old homestead began with Gotfrey's great-great-great-grandfather, William Spohn.

As a resident of Garden county, Spohn was marked as one of the pioneers of what was, at that time, still a part of Cheyenne...

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