Hildur Anderson, beloved Aspen teacher, dies at 94
Aspen Times Staff Writer
One of Aspen’s most revered teachers, Hildur Hoaglund Anderson, died Wednesday, in Yuma, Ariz. She would have been 95 years old this June.
Born June 21, 1907, in Aspen, Anderson was the youngest of Mary and Charles Hoaglund’s six children. The family built and lived on what is now the Anderson Ranch Arts Center on Brush Creek in Snowmass Village.
Anderson attended school in the one-room school house on the ranch, and then Aspen High School. She received a lifetime teaching certificate from Western State College and later returned to the college to earn her bachelors degree.
She taught school at Brush Creek, Old Snowmass, Woody Creek, Crested Butte, Rifle and Aspen. She taught several generations of Aspen students and was runner-up for Colorado Teacher of the Year.
Anderson was well known in the Roaring Fork Valley for playing the accordion and piano and provided music for many dances and events throughout her life. She could play all night without repeating a song.
She married Bill Anderson in Rifle in 1937. They had four children – Bert, Ed, Jim and Margie – and lived on the ranch at Snowmass. The family later moved into Aspen where they ran Anderson’s Stables.
Anderson received many awards throughout her life and was inducted into The Aspen Hall of Fame in 1994.
Hildur was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and daughter Margie. She is survived by her three sons, granddaughters and grandsons, Whitney, Kelly, Brooke, Julie, Jimmy and Jason, one great-granddaughter, Kendra, and numerous nephews and nieces.
To Hildur no one was a stranger. Her life centered around her family, her music and her students. She touched many lives and will be missed by all who knew her.
Funeral services will be at Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen on Monday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. The family asks members of the community to join them in the celebration of her life.
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