Dottie Fox memorial draws hundreds | AspenTimes.com

Dottie Fox memorial draws hundreds

Aspen Times Staff

Joy Caudill, Dottie Fox, and Connie Harvey. Photo courtesy David Hiser.

Friends and family celebrated the life of Dottie Fox on Sunday afternoon at the Windstar Foundation in Old Snowmass, an area dear to her heart. Fox, with the help of Joy Caudill and Connie Harvey, was instrumental in preserving more than 400,000 acres, leading the effort to extend federal wilderness protection for much of the White River National Forest that surrounds Aspen.

Fox was a watercolorist. She spent 18 years teaching at Colorado Mountain College. Many in the environmental community grew up tapping the wisdom she acquired as a lifelong champion of wild places.Numerous people spoke, remembering Fox and the work she did in the community, including Connie Harvey, Sloan Shoemaker, Randy Fox and Mike Chandler, who acted as the MC.

“This was the opportunity to invite anybody who would liked to have come, who knew my mother, cared about my mother to come and celebrate her life,” said Randy Fox, one of Dottie’s sons. “We in our family have our stories and all our feelings,” he said. “This was a chance for us as a family to connect with my mother’s friends. The feeling was very much a mix of sadness at her passing and joy at how she lived her life and how she contributed to the community, which will certainly outlive her.”

The memorial consisted of prepared comments along with an open platform for people to share moments and memories of Fox, who died on Sept. 11. It turned out to be a sunny day for the roughly 250 people who came for the afternoon.