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Ellen Grenko

The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Ellen Grenko passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, June 26, 2011.

She was born in Arkansas City, Kan., on June 25, 1923 and was raised in Blackwell, Okla. She married the love of her life, Vance Grenko, in 1947.

Together they moved to Aspen in 1962 with their two daughters and bought Hillside Lodge, where she made every guest feel like family. She was a grand lady who extended her family well beyond her two daughters. From 1968 until she retired in 1980, she managed the North of Nell in Aspen.

Ellen was wildly creative. She was a talented silversmith and worked in stained glass. She was an avid card player, as well, especially at quiddler, cribbage, and bridge. While she was always competitive, in later years she enjoyed trouncing Vance at gin rummy. She was a voracious reader and shared her talents in cooking and baking with anyone who wanted to learn.

Ellen was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Vance, and is survived by her loving daughters, Vicki (Chris) Peterson and Toni Grenko of Carbondale, and her grandson, Vance (Crystal) McKenzie of Broomfield, Colo.

Loved and respected by everyone who knew her, Ellen will be deeply missed by her family and the many friends whose lives she touched.

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A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, in the barn at River Valley Ranch, 333 River Valley Ranch Drive, Carbondale.

In lieu of flowers, send donations in her name to: Homecare and Hospice of the Valley; P.O. Box 3768; Basalt, Colo. or the Colorado Talking Book Library; 180 Sheridan Blvd.; Denver, CO 80226.

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