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June C. Hodges

June Cantwell Hodges, one of Aspen’s modern pioneers, died Feb. 18. She was 87.

June was born June 16, 1916, in Omaha, Neb., and raised in Sheridan, Wyo. She came to Denver in the late 1930s to attend nursing school and met William V. Hodges Jr., a Denver attorney with the law firm Hodges, Silverstein, Hodges and Harrington.

They were married on Dec. 19, 1940, and had a daughter, Marilyn, and a son, William. Denver continued to be their primary residence, although they maintained a home in Aspen while June’s husband William performed legal work for, and later became secretary and president of, the Aspen Ski Co. in the 1950s. William died in 1992.



June was devoted to her children. She loved skiing, tennis, bridge and needlepoint. She was extremely fond of horseback riding and rode, together with her many friends in that activity, with the Arapahoe Hunt.

June resided for the past few years at Heritage Club.




She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn H. Wilmerding, and her son, William III, who reside in Aspen, and by her six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Internment was held at the Fairmount Cemetery on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, 1245 E. Colfax Ave., Suite 400, Denver, CO 80218; the Aspen Music Festival and School, 2 Music School Road, Aspen, CO 81611; and the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, P.O. Box 1639, Aspen, CO 81612.