August 11, 2005
Janet F. C. Ryan Elder of Aspen and Grand Rapids, Mich., died Aug. 9. She was 68 years old.
Janet moved to Aspen from the Midwest in 1965 with the idea of being a ski bum. She married Nels R. Elder, a Swede and formerly a sergeant in the U.S Army. Her love for the outdoors was evident from all the activities she participated in up to within days of her passing away. She loved skiing, rollerblading, paragliding and being in the clear waters of Higgins Lake in Michigan.
Her greater love, however, was for Jesus Christ. She was never ashamed to let others know how the Lord changed her life and gave her the peace and happiness she was searching for in her younger years.
Nels preceded her in death. Surviving are her three children: Robert (Diane) Ryan of Aspen, Bruce (Angela) Elder of Grand Rapids, and Julie (Bruce) Blalock of Caledonia, Mich.; six grandchildren: Gunnar, Hannah and Rachel Elder, and Ingrid, Brevin and Svea Blalock; two brothers: Blair (Jean) Cook and John (Janice) Cook; sister Shirley (Jerry) Southland and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Aspen and will be officiated by Pastor Steve Woodrow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Holland Home, 2100 Raybrook SE, Suite 303, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-5783.