Elizabeth Luella Piper
Aspen, CO Colorado
Elizabeth Luella Piper of Carbondale died Feb. 4, 2012, in Sterling, Colo. She was 98. She formerly lived in Basalt for 37 years. Memorial services will be held in Basalt at a later date.
Elizabeth was born June 8, 1913 in Stacyville, Iowa. The family moved to Manzanola in 1920. She graduated in 1931.
She married Edwin Piper on Nov. 4, 1932, in Raton, N.M. They purchased a farm at Manzanola and started an irrigated farming operation, including row crops, vegetable crops, hay, corn and sugar beets. Over the years, a cattle feeding operation was added as well as truck gardening, including watermelons and cantaloupes, which were marketed directly off the farm. They retired in 1973 and moved to Basalt.
Elizabeth, fondly referred to as “Liz,” was passionate in life. She loved flowers, gardening, sewing, cooking, decorating her home and sharing her talents with family and friends. In her active years, she babysat friends’ children and was very active in the Methodist church, cooking for many of the activities and helping with Tuesday after-school programs. She considered them as her own. She will be greatly missed by dear friends in Basalt who surrounded her with love in their weekly “sewing club.”
She is survived by children James Piper and wife Janice of Sterling, Tommy Piper and wife Joyce of Conifer, and Linda Shell of Portland, Ark.; grandchildren Michelle and Bob Hayes, Kimmerly Aiken, Jay Piper and wife Pamela, Debbie and Dennis Pacheo, Daina and Ron Romine, Brett Shell, Lezlie Shell, Edwin and Emilie Piper; great-grandchildren Cory Leicester, Penney Stephen and Zach, Kaley Ziesel and Jason, Brandon Aiken, Kyle Shell, Claire Shell, Kirsten Romine, Trevor Romine, Luke Piper and Emily Piper; great-great-grandchildren Alaina O’Connell, Jacey Ziesel and Jayla Ziesel.
Her parents were Charles A. and Emma Mae Penney. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin W. Piper, son Donald Piper, sons-in-law Michael Shell and Mike Welch, and grandchild Paul Aiken.
Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of donor’s choosing in Elizabeth’s memory.