Ann Taylor McIntyre Putman |

Ann Taylor McIntyre Putman

Ann Taylor McIntyre Putman, antique dealer, artist, preschool teacher and gardener, died at her home on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008.A Roaring Fork Valley resident since the early 1970s, Ann was a fixture, first in Aspen at the Mesa Store Bakery and The Aspen Times, and later, when she owned and operated Ann Taylor McIntyre Antiques.In 1978, she moved to one of Basalts original Sears & Roebuck Victorian houses on Second Street, turning it into a showcase both inside and out. Her gardens and gardening prowess are legendary, especially the row after row of tulips that lined her raised beds.Mrs. Putman, as she is known to the legions of now-grown preschoolers who attended Grants Good Ideas Pre-School, attended graduation ceremonies at Aspen and Basalt high schools for years to send off her former students. She followed their progress through sporting activities and theatrical presentations, always taking as much pleasure as pride in the accomplishments of her kids.Ann was the only daughter of Ronald and Elizabeth McIntyre of Providence, R.I., born on Aug. 22, 1949. She attended and was president of her class at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., prior to moving out west. She met Brad Putman in 1979, and they were married in Basalt in 1980.We had a great life together, said Mr. Putman. Ann loved anything of beauty, and she admired anyone who could create beauty. She was always encouraging and never judged what you were trying to do.Ann is survived by her husband, Brad, brothers John, Robert and Bruce, and nieces Carrie, Lillian and Alexis. Her family invites the community to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Basalt Methodist Church in Holland Mills. Please bring a story and a dish to share.

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