Esther De Vos |

Esther De Vos

Esther De Vos passed away in her sleep on Monday, Dec. 27 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She had recently moved to California from Aspen, Colo., where she had lived for more than 40 years.

The ninth of 10 children, Esther was born July 7, 1927 in Lacona, Iowa to Harry Allen and Mabel Mae Leonard. She graduated nursing school and moved to Denver, where she met and married William De Vos in 1951. While married to Bill and raising three sons, she obtained a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Colorado and taught at Loretto Heights College in Denver. She and Bill shared a wonderful life together until his death in 1969.

Esther moved to Aspen in 1971, where she married psychiatrist Samuel Schiff; they were married for 11 years. She worked with Dr. Schiff until 1979 when she attended the Carl Jung Institute in Switzerland.

She became a Jungian analyst and practiced in Aspen until October 2010.

Esther had a full, adventurous life, and traveled all over the world on trips to explore much of Europe, Egypt, India and Peru among many other places. She was an avid equestrian, and rode horses into her seventies. She had a wonderful, mischievous sense of humor, and enjoyed a good glass of wine, a fine meal, great classical music and the opera. Esther was a strong, generous, independent woman who cared deeply for her family and friends. She inspired her children and grandchildren to enjoy and appreciate life to the fullest. She loved her town of Aspen and the Colorado mountains, and was always happy to come home after her travels. Her ashes will be returned to the places she loved.

Esther is survived by her three sons, Scott (Julie) De Vos of Nashville, Tenn., Craig De Vos of Gresham, Ore. and Eric (Nan) De Vos of Nipomo, Calif.; grandchildren Cody De Vos, Christopher (Constance) De Vos, Skylar (Suzanne) De Vos and Mariah De Vos; siblings Anna Bray and Robert Leonard; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following organizations which Esther supported: Habitat for Humanity, Doctors Without Borders, The Arthritis Foundation or the Aspen Music Festival and School.

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