Rita (Pollan) Smith

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Bellvue, CO  



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May 5




Kevin (1970), Christina (1971), Christopher (1973)


self-employed milliner


I am a professional milliner who lives in the beautiful Poudre Canyon in Colorado. I have a wonderful husband and three beautiful children. Six adorable grand children. I love to fly fish, especially since I live on the Poudre River. I love to hike in the mountains, hunt elk with my bow and arrow, and create one of a kind hats in my studio. I teach for Denver Public Schools. Once a year we have a week-long class in millinery. When I first started teaching there, I was the first milliner to return to that school since the 50's. The Denver Post came and did an article about the class. It was grand! I have always been a slave to fashion and this makes my life very full. I sell my hats all over the world and am proud of the work I do. I also love to travel and try to go to Europe once a year to buy unusual things for my hats. Florence and Paris are two of my favorite places. I plan on surprising my son this coming year with a trip to Greece for his 40th birthday! WOW! I am getting old. I will always be grateful for the years I spent in Holdrege and their great school system.