Alison Kelley Eason

Feb. 12, 1955 - March 30, 2016

Alison Kelley Eason, 61, died peacefully on March 30, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She was born to Robert and Rosalie (née Osborne) Kelley in Santa Barbara, California.

Through mutual friends, her path crossed with William “Doc” Eason in 1976. She was drawn to his adventures and free spirit, and he to her vibrant energy, open heart, and tenacity. Eager to begin a new adventure together, they left Santa Barbara in 1977 to make a home in Snowmass, Colorado, and effortlessly joined a tight family of friends. She opened her own accounting firm in Roaring Fork Valley and worked with many businesses in Aspen.

Ali and Doc welcomed their first two children, Mack and Ryan, in 1983 and 1986, and their third child, Kati Rose, in 1992. Her love for her children was fierce and unwavering. She actively encouraged their participation (and was passionately involved herself) in Boy Scouts, sports, and school activities, and made sure they spent as much time outside as possible – even in the heaviest snowstorms. She often said that her greatest accomplishment was raising three extraordinary children.

She spent her last years immersed in creativity, producing beautiful quilts for her two precious granddaughters, and starting countless more. She had a generous heart and many good intentions. She passed on her creativity, her independence, and her big heart to all three of her children.

After a brief illness, she passed away surrounded by family and listening to the sweet voice of John Denver’s “Perhaps Love,” and “Poems, Prayers, and Promises.”

Alison was predeceased by her mother and father, Rosalie Wolfe and Robert Kelley. She is survived by her sons, Mack Eason (Mindy Patterson) and Ryan Eason, her daughter, Kati Rose Eason, her previous husband and friend Doc Eason, two granddaughters, Molly Rose and Magnolia Marie, her sisters, Sandra (Howard Daniel) Kelley, and Dorcas Kelley, her brother, Brian (Terry) Kelley, two nieces and two nephews, her step-mother Madge Kelley, many beloved extended family members, and two sweet cats. She will be missed by all.

Celebration of Alison’s life will be held in late spring or early summer. For updates about the service, and for a list of Alison’s favorite charities, please email Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed at Alison’s Guest Book at