December 3, 2011
Mary Goodrich, well-known valley acupuncturist, passed away on Nov. 18 at Valley View Hospital, following a long battle with cancer.
She was born on Aug. 24, 1947 in Great Bend, Kan., to Martin and Marion Goodrich, both deceased.
After college, training as a medical technologist, she traveled west to Denver, where her love of the mountains began. She worked at the Rose Memorial Hospital for several years before relocating to Aspen. Here she worked at Aspen Valley Hospital, ran a catering business for several years in the ’80s, and worked at Gretl’s restaurant on Aspen Mountain.
Later she became increasingly interested in Alternative Medicine, studied for several years in Santa Fe, and in 1989 received her Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree. She moved to Basalt and began her practice at her home, where she treated many dedicated clients. She was a very skilled acupuncturist and herbalist. She later became interested in Shamanism, and attended conferences constantly to enhance her understanding and expertise in all of her professional interests.
She spent every free minute in the mountains where she loved to ski, hike, bird watch, and take photos of the wildflowers (she knew every bird by sight, as well as sound and every wildflower).
Mary’s patients as well as her friends will miss her infectious laugh and wonderful spirit. A memorial is being planned for next summer, possibly at the top of Independence Pass, which was her most favorite place. A notice will be placed in the local newspapers once plans are finalized.