Patricia Holt Walker |

Patricia Holt Walker

Patricia Holt Walker died Monday at Aspen Valley Hospital from complications of pneumonia.

Married to the late Talbott Hunt Walker, she lived in Baltimore, Md., for 50 years prior to moving to the valley in 1995. Patricia was a patron of the Basalt library, an advocate of environmental issues and an accomplished pianist. A highlight of her summers was volunteering at the Aspen Music Festival.

Patricia couldn’t face aging and ran away for her 80th birthday to the desert that she loved. Much to her delight in her wanderings she was a welcomed guest at a closed Native American ceremony near Tuba City, Ariz.

Born Jan. 18, 1919, she was the feisty and loving mother and mother-in-law of Hunt and Nancie Walker of Snowmass Village, Tottie “Kelly” Walker of Denver, Richard and Kathleen Walker of Basalt, and Susan and Rod Salm of Kailua, Hawaii. Grandchildren Talbott and Tara Walker, Ryan and Anna Walker and Josephine and Lauren Salm knew Patricia as “Moppat.”

A Quaker service will be held to celebrate her life on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Valley Pines at 1400 E. Valley Road in Basalt.

Patricia’s family was overwhelmed by the compassionate care given to her by Dr. Borchers and the staff at Aspen Valley Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made “in memory of Patricia Holt Walker” to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403.

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