Joan Bigelow Pomeroy |

Joan Bigelow Pomeroy

Joan Bigelow Pomeroy, 83, passed peacefully at home on March 9. She had made Carbondale, CO, her home for the past 27 years. She enjoyed the peace and quiet of down valley while staying connected with her friends in Aspen and throughout the valley.

Joan grew up in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of Henry Upham Bigelow and Yolande Anderson. She left the big city of St. Paul and was drawn to the beauty of the mountains to join the ranks of original Aspenites and ski bums alike in the late 1950s. She raised three children and opened Pomeroy Sports with her then husband, James Pomeroy. Joan later became a full-time bookkeeper helping to keep many local businesses on track.

Very active in the communities she lived in, she was proud to volunteer and support many area organizations and events while spending time with friends and making more along the way. Some of these included St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aspen, Aspen Music Festival Lemonade Stand, Aspen Winternational, Carbondale Senior Housing, and St. Mary’s of the Crown in Carbondale.

She also enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles while in Aspen, and later the Red Hat Ladies and Hysterical Club in Carbondale.

Never one to turn down a good card game, “Joannie” provided endless entertainment to her friends and family and certainly didn’t mind raking in a pot when she could. She was blessed to have a circle of friends who loved her company and didn’t mind losing a hand or two to her from time to time.

To those who knew her, Joan was the kindest, warmest, most selfless person you could ever hope to meet. She would do just about anything for her friends and family, and she was infinitely devoted to her children and grandchildren. Joan was also one of the funniest people to grace the earth known for her trademark sardonic wit and love of a good laugh.

Somewhere in the great infinite, God took home a pure soul. Now she is at peace, and Heaven is an even cooler place to be.

Joan is survived by a sister, Shirley Billiingsley (Bob) of Georgetown, TX, and her three children: Jim Pomeroy (Jill) of Aspen, CO, Chris Pomeroy (Courtney) of Athens, GA, and Katie Pomeroy (Craig) of Carbondale, CO. She also is survived by four grandchildren: Anders and Lars of Aspen, CO; and Nicolas and Zachary of Athens, GA.

A Celebration of Joan’s life is being planned for early June. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Advocate Safe House, PO Box 2036, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81602. (970) 945-2632.

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