Julia Ferry Littlefield | AspenTimes.com

Julia Ferry Littlefield

June 17, 1944 — April 1, 2016

Julie died peacefully in her Hotchkiss, Colorado home on April 1, 2016, age 71. Julie was born in Boston, Massachusetts to parents James and Natalie Ferry and spent her childhood in Glencoe, Illinois with many Christmas vacations in Aspen beginning in 1956. Her dad first came to Aspen in 1948 and later co-owned Aspen Airways which flew between Denver and Aspen. She enjoyed working during the summer of 1962 in Aspen with her twin sister at the Boomerang Lodge. Later in life, she came back to Colorado and opened a retail shop in Aspen, a place she loved.

Julie attended Mills College in California and graduated with a Masters in Botany from San Francisco State and a fascination with plant life. She was always interested in travel and cultures stemming from a summer during high school with an Experiment in International Living in Germany. She and her husband lived in Egypt as he earned his PhD and then progressed to Berkeley, California and Williamsburg, Virginia where he was a professor of romance languages at the College of William and Mary.

After years of professional work as a consultant for university fundraising in Chicago, Illinois, Julie moved to Hotchkiss, Colorado to own and operate a bison ranch which she wholeheartedly enjoyed. From her bison, she was able to produce leather and, consequently, began a furniture business, The Buffalo Collection, which had a retail store in Aspen for several years. She built a bird hunting club and a river rafting business on the ranch, as well, with many Aspen-area friends as members. Her love of the west and its’ history drew her to Hotchkiss where she was embraced by her community and her belief in giving back.

Julie is predeceased by her parents and sister, Pamela Ferry, and is survived by her brother, Jim Ferry and family of Glencoe, Illinois; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Mat Turnbull of Hotchkiss, Colorado; and grandsons Duncan, Bruce and Macalister Turnbull of Hotchkiss, Colorado. All messages of condolence may sent to her family: Pam Turnbull, POB 849, Hotchkiss, CO 81419 or mpturnbull@msn.com