Obituary:Martha Stott Copley |

Obituary:Martha Stott Copley

Aspen Times Staff Report

Martha Stott Copley, an Aspen area resident from 1915 to 1996, died May 11 in Grand Junction. She was 89 years old.

Copley’s family purchased McLain Ranch in Woody Creek in 1915. Copley moved into Aspen with her husband, Delbert Copley, in 1958. She was a successful rancher, an accomplished horsewoman, and very active in community organizations such as the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Copley was president of the Aspen chapter of the Eagles from 1964 to 1965.

In 1926, Copley married her first husband, Frank Newbury, and together they had three children: Donald, John, and Eleanor. In 1950, she married Delbert Copley. They were married for almost 50 years.

Copley is survived by her husband, Delbert; daughter Eleanor Johnson of Grand Junction; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Two services will be held to celebrate Copley’s life. A memorial service will be held in Grand Junction at Martin Mortuary, 550 North Ave., on Tuesday, May 18 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Grand Junction. An second service will be held on Wednesday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at the Aspen Chapel. A reception will follow at the Aspen Elks Club.

Burial is planned at Red Butte Cemetery in Aspen. Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 743 Horizon Court, Suite 100, Grand Junction, CO.

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