Agnes ‘Jerry’ F. McLaren
Aspen, CO ColoradoAgnes “Jerry” F. McLaren, 89, died Wednesday, April 11, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale.Cremation has taken place, and there will be a memorial service at a later date.She was born at home on the Harry Williams ranch in Snowmass Creek to John and Lucille (Guerin) Jurick on Jan. 4, 1918. She was the eldest of five children.
When she was 5 years old, they moved to Sopris Creek and homesteaded, and she rode 8 miles to the Capitol Creek school by horseback. Her brother Frank and sister Joanne were born here. The family sold the ranch and moved back to the Williams Ranch. Soon after, the house they lived in burned to the ground, along with everything they owned. They then moved to Albert Grange’s Ranch in Woody Creek. She graduated from the eighth grade at the Woody Creek School (next to the Woody Creek Tavern).They then moved again to the Wack Ranch, which was at the end of the Aspen Airport runway and Buttermilk ski area. She rode her horse the 3 miles into Aspen every day for the four years she attended Aspen High School. She excelled in bookkeeping, typing and spelling, and graduated at the age of 17 in May 1935 (in a class of 13 students).She then attended Barnes Business School in Denver and nine months of Spencerian Business College in Milwaukee. She came back to Glenwood Springs and worked as a nurse’s aide in Hopkins Hospital for a year, where she met her first husband, Larry Stubbings. They lived like gypsies, traveling the country, working on farms and doing odd jobs until they had their first daughter, Patty, and they settled back in Snowmass. Then they were off and running again, to Florida and then to Alabama, where their son Lawrence was born.
Larry joined the Marine Corps, and Jerry took a dental receptionist job at Fort Logan in Denver for four years. The war ended, they divorced, and she came back to stay with her parents on a ranch up Snowmass Creek, where she met her next husband, John McLaren. Jerry’s dad thought she was capable of handling the purchase of the Snowmass Store in 1947. She was appointed postmaster and took over the responsibilities of general store manager. They married on May 30, 1948, in Aspen. Their son John was born in September 1952, and they moved to the property in Snowmass Canyon and lived in a cabin that had been used as a way station for the highway crew in the 1920s, which was tearing up the railroad tracks of the Colorado Midland Railroad to make what is now Highway 82. Jerry applied for a job as bus driver for Basalt schools and began driving in September 1954. She drove her own station wagon and was able to take her 2-year-old son with her on her route of 50 to 60 miles a day. She drove bus for 12 years, ending in 1966. She continued with the post office and also became her husband’s bookkeeper for his newly established business of Ski-Land Builders. John was a member of the Elks, was a part-time drummer for the Walt Smith Band and renovated the Crystal Palace for Meade Metcalf, among other endeavors, such as, making his own log furniture. John retired because of illness in 1970 and passed away in December 1974. Jerry was a postmaster in Snowmass for 27 years and retired March 30, 1983.Jerry then volunteered at the Basalt schools. She got interested in quilting and joined a sewing group that met once a week. She traveled to all parts of the world over the next 10 years or so. At the age of 70, she became very active with the Basalt seniors. She was secretary, treasurer and small-time bookkeeper until her eyesight worsened. Then, in August 2003, she had a stroke.
She is survived by her sister Joanne Schmidt of Carbondale; daughter, Patricia Stubbings of Denver; son Lawrence (Charlotte) Stubbings of Helper, Utah, son John (Elaine) McLaren of Snowmass; grandchildren Jerri (Ron) Baker of Silt, Michael (Michelle) Stubbings of Albany, Ore., Kathy (Roger) King of Grand Junction, Keith (Amy) McLaren of Carbondale, Kevin McLaren of Basalt; great-grandchildren Veronica, Ashley Hudnell, James Baker; Michael and Lauren Stubbings; Brittany and Kaden King; Skylar, Avery and Aubrey McLaren; and great-great-grandchild Mozes. She is also survived by nieces and nephews Jody Anthes, Kristi Gill, Rick Jurick, Torn Tollen, Roberta Tollen, Judy Hoffman, Ted Schmidt, Sandy Turner, Ken Turner and numerous extended family and step-grandchildren.A celebration of Jerry’s life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Eagle County Seniors, P.O. Box 444, Basalt, CO 81621, or to a donation of your choice.
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