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Eileen Lucille (Seivers) Ilgen

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Long before Plum TV, the X-games or Facebook, a teenager named Eileen Seivers would ride her black horse “Blackie” back and forth from the T Lazy 7 Ranch, which her grandparents owned at the time, to a dirt road on which her parents lived, otherwise known as Main Street, Aspen, Colorado USA. “I loved that horse,” Eileen would say as she recounted her favorite childhood memories.

Born, raised, attended high school, married, widowed, attended mass faithfully and regularly at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (second pew, far seat on the right side), Eileen never wandered far from her beloved hometown. Oh, she spent a week in Arizona once and occasionally took weekend trips with her husband to Denver, but the mountains, ranches, horses and open air were all she ever wanted and needed.

In the early 1940’s, after high school, she bartended/served at the Hotel Jerome, which featured a soda fountain and a bar, mostly for the men who would work all day in the mountains then gather at the Jerome for food and beverage. Since Eileen had a wonderful sense of humor you could kid her that the men were coming there to see the beautiful and svelte Eileen. This would bring a broad smile to her face and maybe a little blushing.

One evening, Eileen, who at 5′ feet tall “dolly” had short, quick steps and loved to wear high heels, and had already earned the name “Trottie,” met an Aspen Ski Company worker Clark W. Ilgen at the Armory Hall. The Armory, located where Aspen City Hall is now, held ballroom dancing, a passion of Eileen’s. She gave Mr. Ilgen the nickname “Lammy,” short for Lambchop. So, Eileen Lucille “Trottie” Seivers married Clark Wallace “Lammy Lambchop” Ilgen on April 8, 1948 and they were married until Mr. Clark’s death on June 14, 1984. They had no children.

That Armory would later serve as the location Eileen worked to help pass out food rations during World War II. Relatives would also recount how when Mr. Ilgen was driving the “cat” or a dump truck for the SkiCo, Eileen would be right there in the passenger seat. She was also a member of the ELKS, skied 100 days a year, loved fishing and bowling.

Eileen attended Aspen schools when they were located for a time on the West End and currently where the Red Brick Center operates.

With all due respect to skiers who succeeded her, this third generation Aspenite would ascend to the top of Aspen Mountain (she only skied Aspen) with the help of a buggy, trucks and long ropes before chair lifts were installed.

Through the years, Eileen worked as a bookkeeper, most notably for the Aspen School District. Until her early 80’s Eileen lived on 518 West Main Street in Aspen (since paved). She would sit in front of the window and perk up when familiar pedestrians, neighbors, friends or family passed by or came to visit. She was the belle of the community. She never lost her wonderful sense of humor, her quick smile that lit up a room or her Capricorn feistiness and spirit.

Decorating the house with poinsettias at Christmas brought her joy.

You had to feel the world was just that much better to have Eileen in it. We are blessed with her stories and our memories. Eileen passed away peacefully at 8:06 p.m. Mountain Standard Time Nov. 17 in the professional and loving care of Hospice of the Valley and the Heritage Park Care Center (Kate, Sean, Lisa, Michael, Junior and others), her caretakers Daniel R. Soderberg, wife Linda and friends. She had a rosary in her right hand and her wedding ring on her left hand and a lot of love in her heart for Aspen, CO, USA.

Mrs. Ilgen was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Helena; sister Marie and husband, Clark W. Ilgen.

Services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Visitation is at 10 a.m. The funeral follows at 11 a.m. and she will be buried next to her husband at Red Butte Cemetery.

Donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley or the Heritage Park Care Center.

Condolences, memories, remembrances for the family can be sent to abcd@sopris.net.

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