Marie Maurin of Old Snowmass died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, in Lawton, Okla. She was 93.
A Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, at St. Vincent Catholic Church in Basalt.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, also at St. Vincent Church.
Burial will follow at Red Butte Cemetery in Aspen.
She was born Marie Baumgartner on Aug. 27, 1910, in Neudorf, Switzerland, to Marie Amrein and Xaver Baumgartner, the fourth child in the family. Her mother died from a rare disease just before Marie turned 16, and she spent her teenage years caring for her father, owner of the local sawmill, and her three brothers.
She then found work in Paris, and later in England, as a maid and housekeeper. After learning to speak fluent English, she obtained a position as a lady’s companion for Mrs. Wilmer in England. Her service included a trip with the Wilmer family to Portugal.
During World War II, she worked at the Black Bear in Wareham, England, where she met a U.S. Army soldier, George Maurin.
They were married on April 27, 1944. Two days later he shipped out with other troops, and the couple was not reunited until April 1946, at the Glenwood Springs railroad depot.
After settling on Capitol Creek, Mrs. Maurin was a quick study on becoming a Colorado ranch wife. She soon became proficient in high-elevation baking and cooking, growing a garden and canning foods.
She was a member of the local Extension club, a sewing circle, the Basalt Senior Group, the Catholic Daughters of America and St. Vincent’s Altar and Rosary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Albert Maurin, on March 11, 1976; and by her brothers, Xaver Baumgartner, Josep Baumgartner and Kasper Baumgartner, all of Neudorf, Switzerland.
Mrs. Maurin is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dwight and Nancy Maurin of Snowmass; by a daughter and son-in-law, Judy Maurin Wright and Bill Wright of Lawton, Okla.; by grandchildren and their spouses Laura Urban of Snowmass, George Urban, Jr., and Susan Urban of Vancouver, Wash., Meredith Maurin of Denver, and Janelle Maurin of Grand Junction; by stepgrandchildren and their spouses Peter and Cheryle Wright, Kathy Wright, Roy and Elaine Wright, and Angie and Mike Hughes; by great-granddaughters Jasmine and Jessica Urban; by step-great-grandchildren Nickole Strauch, Daniel Spaulding, Josh Spaulding, Sarah Hughes, Richard Hughes, Adam Wright, Jacob Wright, Ian Wright and Liam Wright; and by a step-great-great-grandson, Keyshawn Johnson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Roaring Fork Hospice, P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.
Farnum Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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