Peggy Cooper Rowland
Aspen, CO Colorado
Peggy was born in Aspen to Fleeta and Ed Cooper on April 8, 1915. She died on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at Heritage Park in Carbondale after complications from a fall earlier in the month.
Peggy spent the first four years of her life in Aspen, where her father owned a book and stationery store. It had been a very successful business during the silver boom years in Aspen, but by 1919 times were hard in Aspen, so Ed moved his wife and children to Denver where he became a broker. Peggy attended school in Denver but spent all of her summers in Aspen with her grandfather, Al Lamb, who had a drug store. It was during those summers that Peggy learned the joy of nature, the love of horses, and the thrill of riding through the rugged Rocky Mountains. Coming from a musical family, Peggy also had a great appreciation of classical music. She played the violin for many years.
Peggy graduated from East High School in Denver and went on to CSU to earn a degree in Home Economics. She still spent her summers in Aspen, where she met Harold “Red” Rowland, another native born Aspenite. They were married at Maroon Lake in August 1939. From 1939 to 1945 Peggy and Red lived in various places while he worked for the Denver and Rio Grand Railroad and the Thompson Tunnel Project in Estes Park.
In 1945 they moved back to Aspen with their four children; Red went to work for the Aspen Skiing Corporation. Peggy was happiest at home with her children, or sharing her gift of hospitality with friends. She was also a community-minded mother who participated in many activities that strengthened the town. She served as PTA president; she was a member of the school board several times; she served as the county superintendent of schools for a couple of years; she was a substitute teacher; and she held every office in her P.E.O. Chapter. She also went on to serve the P.E.O. Colorado State Chapter for seven years ending with her presidency in 1976. In her later years she volunteered at the Thrift Shop of Aspen and the Aspen Historical Society. Besides volunteering, Peggy enjoyed cooking, gardening, riding horseback, camping, traveling, playing bridge, attending concerts, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and any time spent with family or friends.
She attended Christ Church from its beginning in the mid-’50s. She served on the altar guild, taught Sunday School, directed a children’s choir, and served on the Bishop’s Committee.
In 1992 Peggy and Red were inducted into the Aspen Hall of Fame in honor of the many contributions they both made to the town.
Peggy is survived by her four children, Fleeta Baldwin of Canon City, Roine St. Andre of Aspen, Jack Rowland of Pine, Colo., and Jill Boyd of Bandon, Ore.; her sister, Patricia Rice of Dallas; three grandchildren, Jeff Baldwin, Ramie Moody and Morgan Boyd; and three great-grandchildren, True, Kate and Emma Baldwin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Rowland, in November of 1987; her parents, Fleeta and Ed Cooper; and her brother, Albert “Bud” Cooper.
A memorial service will be held on May 23, 2009 at the Aspen Community Church at 2 p.m. celebrating Peggy’s life.
The family suggests memorial funds to Hospice of the Valley in care of Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, Box 1639, Aspen, CO 81612 or Christ Church, 536 W. North St., Aspen, CO 81612.
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