Esther Maddalone of Carbondale died Nov. 24 at her home, with friends and family members at her bedside.
Born in 1919 to Hollis and Myrtle Thorpe, she moved to Aspen in 1937 and married Jesse Maddalone in 1938. They had four children.
The family operated the Aspen Conoco Station, known as Locals Corner, for 35 years. Maddalone was active in the Aspen Literary Society and was one of the early members of the Aspen Hospital Thrift Shop. She loved to travel and explore the ghost towns of Colorado, and was an avid Jeep explorer and mushroom hunter. Maddalone was devoted to her friends and family.
The oldest of seven children, she was preceded in death by her brother, Wes, and sister, Carol, as well as by son Danny and grandsons Nathan and Hollis.
Survivors include her husband, Jesse of Grand Junction; sisters Ruth Henry and Emily Carson; brothers John and Paul Thorpe; children Jesse Jr., Gerald and Marcia Thate; grandchildren Trary LaMee, Lisa Maddalone, Josh Maddalone, Travis and Jennifer Thate; and six great-grandchildren.
Services for Maddalone will be today at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Chapel in Aspen, with Rev. Greg Anderson officiating. Arrangements were handled by Farnum-Holt Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, her family has suggested contributions to a local library.
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