Cynthia Freeman Callahan |

Cynthia Freeman Callahan

Cynthia Callahan died March 20 in Aspen. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 23 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Cynthia Freeman Callahan, a longtime Aspen resident, died peacefully Sunday following a courageous bout with cancer. She was in her home on Cemetery Lane in the presence of her family.

Cynthia was born in Beloit, Wis., on July 22, 1932, the daughter of H.C. and Nell Freeman. H.C. was the founder of Freeman Shoe Company of Beloit.Cynthia grew up on the family dairy farm in Beloit where she became an avid horseback rider. She attended Beloit College where she was member of the tri-Delta sorority. She graduated in 1956 with a degree in fine arts and later attended the University of Hawaii to further her education in the arts. For a number of years she taught art in Chicago.

On a ski trip to Sun Valley in 1959 she met John Callahan, whom she married the following year. They settled in Los Angeles but missed the winters and skiing so they packed up their two young boys and moved to Aspen in 1965.Through the years she worked for the Aspen Ski Corp. and Continental Inn. She was involved with the Aspen Historical Society, the Roaring Fork Kennel Club, and was the past president of the Western Colorado Water Color Society. She also volunteered her time at the Thrift Shop and the county 4H programs. She enjoyed painting, horseback riding, showing dogs, and baking orange cakes during Bronco games. In recent years her paintings where shown in several local art shows. Cynthia, John and family have been active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish since moving to Aspen.

She was a devoted wife and loving mother and is survived by her husband, John; sisters Jimmy and Penny; brother Charles; children John, Patrick, Anne Marie McPhee and Nancy Humphreys; and her eight grandchildren: Tiffany, Hunter, Keegan, Kevin, Kelli, Nell, Teddy, and Kenneth, who was born Friday to Jim and Anne Marie McPhee.Her gentle spirit, sense of humor and lovely smile will be missed by her many friends. Funeral services will be held tomorrow, March 23, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A reception will be held downstairs following the services.

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