Aspen teacher, pianist Frost dead at age 96 |

Aspen teacher, pianist Frost dead at age 96

Aspen native and longtime teacher Mona Frost died in Colorado Springs on March 5. She was 96 years old.

She was born in Aspen on Dec. 25, 1905, the second of five children born to Frank and Eva Jenkinson. She attended school in Aspen and after graduation from Aspen High School went on to attend Western State College in Gunnison, where she earned a BA in music.

Returning to Aspen, she taught music in the public schools until she married Paul Frost in 1935 and a few years later gave birth to their only child, Pauline. She returned to teaching in 1946 and taught elementary grades and music until her retirement in 1972. For several years she served as dean of students at Aspen Elementary School.

Besides teaching music at the public schools, she also taught piano privately. Music was not just a career for her but a true passion. She played in the McHugh dance orchestra with Florence Ritchie for local dances and at Sunday dinners at the Hotel Jerome during the 1930s and 1940s.

Her love of music was fostered in her musical family. Her mother was an organist and her father sang tenor in the choir at Aspen Methodist Church, where she began playing piano for Sunday school at the age of 9.

For most of her life she attended Aspen Community Church, but in her later years she attended the First Baptist Church. She served as organist for various churches in Aspen until she moved to Colorado Springs in 1992. Church activities and bible study were very important parts of her life.

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In addition to her love of music, Mona delighted in traveling with family and friends. After her retirement she took tours to many parts of the world, including Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

One of her last cruises took place on the Mediterranean, where she visited the Greek islands, Egypt and the Holy Land. She also was ready anytime someone asked her to go for a drive or four-wheeling in the mountains.

As a strong community leader, she served on the Pitkin County Library Board. She spent many hours of her time volunteering in the library’s music room.

Mona also worked for many years as an advocate for Aspen senior citizens and was instrumental in getting the senior center built. She was a member of the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission and belonged to Chapter AR, PEO, where she held many offices. In 1995 she was inducted into the Aspen Hall of Fame.

She is survived by her daughter, Pauline Frost Marshall; grandson Philip Marshall and his spouse, Anne; grandson Christopher Frost and his partner, Thom Riese; great-grandsons Dustin and Brandon Marshall; as well as sister Lucille Price-Schock; friend and pastor Deirdre Baldwin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. at the Namaste Alzheimer Center, 2 Penrose Blvd., Colorado Springs.

A celebration of Mona Frost’s life is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Aspen Community Church, with an inurnment to follow at Red Butte Cemetery in Aspen. A reception will be held after that at the Aspen Community Church, sponsored by PEO.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her name to Namaste Alzheimer Center, 2 Penrose Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906; or the Pitkin County Library, Aspen, CO 81611.

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