Elizabeth Ellis (Betty) Grindlay
Elizabeth Ellis (Betty) Grindlay, a longtime resident of Carbondale and Aspen, died in Arlington, Mass., on Monday, Feb. 21, 2005. Betty was born on July 11, 1916, to Fred C. and Auguste Helmholz Ellis in Milwaukee. Auguste was the only daughter of the August and Elise Vögel Helmholz family. Betty was the youngest of four children and grew up in Milwaukee’s German culture. Her three brothers, Oakman, Fred and Farnsworth Ellis, preceded her in death. She attended Smith College in Northampton, Mass. In 1939, she married John Happer Grindlay of Youngstown, Ohio, then a fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. While Dr. Grindlay was in China and Burma before and during World War II, Betty and their eldest daughter, Sara Elizabeth, lived with Betty’s mother in Milwaukee. Upon his return from the war, Dr. Grindlay was assigned to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., and the Stuart Circle Hospital in Richmond, Va., where their second child, Jonathan Ellis, was born. They moved back to Rochester in 1946, where Lorna Auguste was born and where Dr. Grindlay rose to become director of surgical research at the Mayo Clinic.While in Rochester, Betty was active in the League of Women Voters, the Unitarian Universalist Church, and was a force in local politics, serving as the Republican Party state chairwoman when moderates ruled the party. The family remained in Rochester until 1966 when Dr. Grindlay retired, and he and Betty moved to Colorado. Two years after Dr. Grindlay’s death in 1968, Betty moved to nearby Aspen, where she lived until 2001. Before and during her 30 years in Aspen, Betty, an active member of the Orton Society, tutored numerous children and adults at a card table in her Aspen home on ways to overcome dyslexia, and was instrumental in bringing the disorder to the attention of local school officials in western Colorado. She served on the board of trustees of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, and was its chairwoman for two years. She was also an active skier and tennis player. Her other great passions were German shepherds and classical music; hers was a familiar face at Aspen concerts, whatever their venue, and she hosted a classical music program on an Aspen radio station.She spent her later years in assisted living facilities in Aspen and Carbondale, and Arlington, where she passed away, comforted by her son and daughter-in-law, and embraced by all her family in spirit. Her children, Sara of Portland, Ore.; Josh, of Lincoln, Mass.; and Lorna, of Denver; plus four grandchildren, survive her. A memorial service will take place in Aspen at a date to be announced. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Music Associates of Aspen.Contact: Bill Moore or Lorna Grindlay Moore, 171 Franklin St., Denver, CO 80218, (303)722-3804, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
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