Molly Campbell passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at home with a beautiful view of the mountains and her sister holding her hand.
She was born May 12, 1942, in Panama. Molly was raised on the Oregon coast, where she developed a keen appreciation for nature and the environment. Family trips and outings centered on camping and outdoor recreation. Molly excelled in athletics ” both team and individual sports ” and remained active throughout her life, playing softball, cycling, skiing, fishing, hiking and golfing.
Molly graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in history. She immediately joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Belize for two years. From this experience, she adopted her first extended family.
Following the Peace Corps, she went to New York City, where she attended Yeshiva University and graduated with a master’s in education. She taught fourth grade in Harlem and, during her years in New York, discovered skiing in New England. Deciding to expand her skiing opportunities, she moved to Colorado, taught school in Denver, came to Aspen for a weekend in 1970 and found her home.
She began as a night auditor at the Fasching House, moved over to The Gant, and advanced to the position of general manager. Thirty-two years later, Molly retired from The Gant to pursue her desire of travel and to enjoy life with her friends and relatives. From her collection of photo albums, books and memorabilia it is apparent that she loved and appreciated all the wonderful people who became a part of her life and family.
Molly was active in the community and was a “go-to, get-it-done person.” She excelled in both her professional and civic endeavors. Molly traveled extensively, believed in enjoying life to the fullest, supporting the community, protecting the environment, and improving the life of everyone on the planet.
Molly is survived by her sisters and their husbands, Linda and John Brooks of Alameda, Calif.; Sara and Joe Rendon of Shingle Springs, Calif.; Susan and Dennis Peck of Fortuna, Calif.; a niece, Erin Peck, and nephews Jordan Peck and Joey Rendon.
There will be a celebration of Molly’s life from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Bumps in Aspen. All of you who are her friends, acquaintances and caregivers are invited to partake in this celebration.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Molly Campbell Community Service Award, c/o Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 425 Rio Grand Place, Aspen, CO 81611, or to your favorite environmental organization.
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