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Elizabeth Ann Altemus

Elizabeth Ann Altemus died on November 19, 2015 in Colorado. Services were held at St. Peters of the Valley Episcopal Church in Basalt on Sunday, November 22, 2015.

Ann led a rich life. Born in Washington D. C. in November of 1927, she grew up there with her sister, Shirley. She graduated from Harcum College in 1949. Her father, George Edward Altemus loved fox hunting and Ann often rode with him after the hounds. Ann, a great beauty, fell in love with Air Force pilot, James Horowitz (Salter) and married him in 1951.

Posted to Germany, her first daughter, Allan, was born. Living in New York State, her second daughter, Nina, was born and also her beloved twins, Claude and James. In the late Sixties, the family moved to the south of France where Ann confirmed her love of good food. At Christmas in 1968, they moved to Aspen, Colorado, where they owned a Victorian house bought in 1961 after a ski trip.

In Aspen Ann raised her children. She loved to read, cook and host dinner parties and was known as "The Universal Mother." In that high mountain town she pursued her love of horses, gardening, painting and helping those fortunate enough to know her. Surrounded by friends, family and animals, she thrived.

Socrates summed up Ann's attitude to life: "I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence."

She is survived by her daughters, Nina and Claude, her son, James and her grandchildren, Nile, Teagan, Elizabeth and Sylvan.

Donations may be made to Colorado Animal Rescue or The Dignity for Children Foundation.

The family mourns a beloved and extraordinary matriarch and a loving and loyal confident. Her legacy will endure through the generous advice she gave and memories of her buoyant spirit.