A true lady
The passing of Mrs. Sardy – for those of us who were blessed enough to grow up under the nurturing of such an Aspen icon as the Sardys – is a passing of a great woman and citizen of the world.
I benefited from the tours at the Sardy house. But my fondest memory is as a small boy walking to Beck and Bishop’s grocery, for my Mom and I would walk up Mill on the opposite side of the street just to pass by the hardware and often Mr. Sardy would be talking outside to one of the locals and Mrs. Sardy would see me and say, “Britt, we got some new gags in.” She knew I liked those funny little gags like squirting chocolate or chattering teeth.
Just inside the door was a small display with these gags and I would look them over and during that time Mrs. Sardy would often slip me a candy bar and always had kind conversation. So many Mrs. Sardy stories, and yes, I still call her Mrs. Sardy 50 years later – even after growing up and becoming a Aspen police officer I would see Mrs. Sardy resulting in that warm feeling in your heart.
The true tribute in life is not measured by material things but in how many will remember you with fondness and love; believe me, Mrs. Sardy ranks at the top. I will remember and this morning I can think of many who will. To those I have talked to we all agree in our quiet times alone over the years and we look back at our childhoods; we can’t help but shed some tears for a true lady. May the heavens open up and pour out blessings upon the Sardy Family at this time. I pray the city of Aspen will honor this wonderful person. Certainly we can find a street or a park and name it Alice Rachel way, because really Alice Rachel had the way.
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