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Emma Coulter Ware

The Aspen Times
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Emma Coulter Ware, 96, died May 29, 2011 in her St. Louis home of 63 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Boyd Ware, in 1965 and is survived by her six children and four grandchildren. She was born in Greensburg, Penn., on May 17, 1915 as the only child of Richard Coulter and Matilda Bowman Coulter. She attended Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut and graduated from Barnard College in NYC. While there, she became an avid Gilbert and Sullivan devotee. Her interests were zoology and art history.

World War II was imminent and she joined the Civil Air Patrol after earning her pilot’s license. She graduated in the third class of Woman Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in 1943. She served as a ferry pilot of war planes, flew as part of the Tow Target Squadron and helped test drone airplanes. Emma met her husband while at Biggs Air Force Base in Texas. They married on the last day the WASP were in service, Dec. 19, 1944. They settled in St. Louis, Mo., her husband’s hometown.

She had lifelong interests in horses, the arts, environmental issues, endangered species and travel. Over the years in St. Louis, she raised her family with a menagerie of rescued animals. Besides horses, cats and dogs, she nurtured birds, bats, flying squirrels, wolves, a bear and an albino dingo. She traveled the world for adventure, history and art, as well as in support of her causes to save arctic seals, whales and wolves.

Like many of her generation, nothing was outside her scope of possibilities. She was a member of one of the first people-to-people exchanges to China. She also went to Korea and met the family she supported for many years through the Save The Children Federation. She maintained life long friendships in Japan and England. Other travel adventures included driving the Al-Can Highway, pre-pavement, pulling an Airstream trailer with six children, including a French exchange student.

Emma first came to Aspen in the 1940s and subsequently bought a second home in the sixties, which she shared with friends and family as well as students and teachers of the Aspen Music Festival. Besides enjoying the festival every summer, she loved the Filmfest and the Aspen Institute lectures. She enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Mace family and helped support environmental groups such as the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) and The Wilderness Workshop.

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Her volunteer efforts and generous support included the Frontier Nursing Service, Humane Society, the United States Pony Club, The Wolf Sanctuary in Eureka, Mo. and The St. Louis Opera Theater.

No memorial is planned at this time. To contact the family: frau.ware@gmail.com.

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