Martha Whitcomb Sterling |

Martha Whitcomb Sterling

Longtime local and Aspen icon Martha Whitcomb Sterling died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 at her home in Emma, surrounded by her family. She was 85 years old.

Martie was born Oct. 23, 1924 in Lemoyne, Penn. to Francis and Harold Whitcomb.

She attended Syracuse University and graduated Cum Laude. While attending Syracuse, she met Kenneth Robinson Sterling; they were married Dec. 27, 1946 in Camphill, Penn. They moved to Aspen in 1958 with their children and built the Heatherbed Lodge.

Martie was a longtime editor and feature columnist for Ski magazine and a travel writer; she also published numerous books.

She is proceeded in death by her parents, Francis and Harold Whitcomb, her beloved brother, Harold “Dr. Whit” Whitcomb, and the love of her life, her husband, Kenneth Robinson Sterling.

Martie is survived by her beloved children, Robinson Sterling, Whitcomb Sterling and wife Barbara Sterling, Gwyn Sterling Gosney and husband Eric Gosney, Daniel Sterling and Sarah Sterling; grandchildren Janie Gosney, Jake Levy and Miles Levy; brother Roger Whitcomb and wife Roberta Whitcomb; and niece and nephew Diedre Whitcomb Morgan and Michael Whitcomb.

A memorial service to celebrate Martha Whitcomb Sterling will be held at the Hotel Jerome on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.

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