Doris Murrie Stuches Davies
Doris “Dodie” Davies passed away quietly and peacefully surrounded by her family on March 27, 2015. A late spring snow had fallen that morning, an apt good bye to a woman who will always be remembered for her kind and generous spirit, her energy and her unfailing sense of humor. Born as Doris Camilla Murrie in Casey, Illinois on July 30, 1928, to Reverend B.J. Murrie and Francis Murrie, she was primarily known as “Dodie”. She received her college degree from McMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois and went on to teach music and elementary school. In 1953 she married Blaine Stuches and lived in Springfield, Illinois where she had two daughters. Her family took many ski vacations to Aspen in the early 60’s but it was a summer trip to Aspen in 1965 that pulled on her heart to relocate with two young children and begin a new life as a single Mom. Her first job was a bookkeeper at the Bank of Aspen but she soon found there was a need to offer her services to many local businesses so she started her own business, Dodie Stuches Bookkeeping in the late 60’s. For the next 25 years she helped many of Aspen’s iconic businesses stay in the black. She was granted the first commercial loan given to a woman in business from the brand new Aspen Savings and Loan and had the first computerized payroll system. She branched out of her comfort zone and bought and ran The Flower Shop for a few years and then sold both businesses to pursue Real Estate where she worked for Mason and Morse for many years and continued as a personal bookkeeper for Mary Ann Hyde and other select clients. In 1984 she married Jim Davies in a castle in Salzburg, Austria. In 1994 she and Jim moved down valley to build her dream home after having built a cabin up the Frying Pan River where she enjoyed entertaining family and friends in both winter and summer. After Jim passed away in 1994 she moved into River Valley Ranch where she continued to dedicate her time to community projects when she wasn’t playing tennis, hiking, traveling the world or skiing. The last four years of her life she had resided in Benton, Illinois where she has been under the lvoing care of her niece and nephew, Steve and Judy Beatty. With her zest for life Dodie was a true inspiration, a modern day pioneer starting a new life in the Roaring Fork Valley and defining what it means to live life on one’s own terms. She had an adventurous and courageous spirit, was never afraid to take a risk, and had a complete devotion to both family and friends that will be remembered always. She is survived by her daughters, Murrie Ives of Charlotte, North Carolina and Dori Weigand of Burlington, Vermont and two grandsons, Ryan Weigand and Andrew Weigand of Burlington, Vermont. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held this summer in Aspen. Arrangements under the direction of Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory, Benton, IL.
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