Shirley Lawton Tattenham | AspenTimes.com

Shirley Lawton Tattenham

Shirley Lawton Tattenham was a gentle and loving woman, a caring and devoted mother as well as an enthusiastic and good humored friend. Shirley was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in July 15 1937 and was raised in the small town of Shawbridge, Quebec. From the earliest beginnings Shirley was surrounded by skiing. The small town of Shawbridge had one of the first rope tows in North America and it was there that Shirley first learned to ski. Skiing was something that Shirley loved to do very much and something she did quite gracefully and well. At the age of 18 Shirley was accepted into the Canadian Ski Instructors Association and began teaching at Chanteclar Ste Adell in 1955. Shirley also taught skiing at Mont Tremblant, Canada, Innsbruck, Austria and Mt. Ruatahu in New Zealand before moving to Aspen in 1961 with her good friend Mimi Schlumberger and her beloved poodle Fangio to teach skiing on Aspen Mountain. In 1964 Shirley fell in love with and married Robert Tattenham. They moved away from Aspen in order for Bob to finish dental school but once he had finished Shirley insisted they move back to the place she loved. In 1972, Shirley gave birth to her son Gabriel to whom she devoted her life. After the unfortunate and untimely death of her husband Bob in 1977 Shirley stayed in Aspen to raise her son Gabriel in whom she was sure to instill the same love of skiing and the winter wilderness which gave her such pleasure in life. Throughout her life in Aspen Shirley volunteered for many local organizations among them the Aspen Valley Ski Club, Aspen Valley Hospital, and Aspen Music Festival’s lemonade stand as well as provided daycare for many local children whom she loved as she did her own. We will gather to remember and honor Shirley at the Prince of Peace Chapel Saturday, January 25 2014 at 4o’clock, everyone is welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted Community Banks of Colorado in Gabriel Tattenham’s name to help with the costs associated with Shirley’s passing, any help would be graciously appreciated.


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