Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Florence Elizabeth “Bamby” Patterson passed away peacefully at the family home on Cemetery Lane in Aspen with her three children at her side on Aug. 3, 2010. She was 90.
She was born in San Francisco on April 15, 1920, to Carl and Marion Martin. Bamby was proud of her San Francisco heritage, Grandfather Albert H. Martin (founder of the Emporium) and great grandfather George T. Bromley (a founder of the Bohemian Club). She attended college at the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkley.
Bamby married Leonard Patterson of Hollywood, Calif. on Oct. 20, 1941. After spending 3 years in Florida during the war, they moved back to Hollywood, where they raised their three children until 1973. During this time Bamby pursued her dream of working with children by teaching preschool for 15 years. She also cared for her aging parents for many years.
In 1973, Bamby and Leonard retired to Aspen to pursue their love of the outdoors.
Over the years they spent time hiking, golfing, and skiing, and enjoying extensive travels around the world. However, Bamby’s true passion was giving to others. She channeled this energy into a long career at the Thrift Shop, and was honored as a lifetime member.
Bamby always made time for her grandchildren and their friends, providing endless projects for them at her home. She was often seen in the bleachers of their sporting events and performances. Bamby loved to entertain her close friends (many of Aspen’s old timers) with a snack on the porch. You could always hear the laughter from afar!!
Bamby is survived by her daughter, Christi Schneider; sons, Danny and Mark; and grandchildren, Lacee, Lindsay, Anna, and Sean.
She will be remembered as a true “Good Samaritan”, always helping those in need, without judgment. She gave unconditionally, with a warm and sincere smile.
The family will hold a private graveside service at the Red Butte Cemetery in the future.
In lieu of flowers, perform a random act of kindness in loving memory of Bamby. You may also donate to either of her passions: The Aspen Thrift Shop 422 E. Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO, 81611 or “Hike for Hope Foundation” 936 W. Francis St., Aspen, CO, 81611. http://www.hikeforhopemd.com.
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