Molly Campbell passed away peacefully Oct. 4, 2007, at home with her beautiful view of the mountains and her sister holding her hand.She was born May 12, 1942, in Panama. Molly was raised on the Oregon coast, where she developed a keen appreciation for nature and the environment. Family trips and outings centered on camping and outdoor recreation. Molly excelled in athletics, both team and individual sports, and remained active throughout her life playing softball, cycling, skiing, fishing, hiking or golfing.Molly graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in history. She immediately joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Belize for two years. From this experience, she adopted her first extended family.Following the Peace Corps, she went to New York City, where she attended Yeshiva University and graduated with a masters in education. She taught fourth grade in Harlem, and during her years in New York, discovered skiing in New England. Deciding to expand her skiing opportunities, she moved to Colorado, taught school in Denver, came to Aspen for a weekend in 1970, and found her home.She started as a night auditor at the Fasching House, moved to The Gant, and advanced to the position of general manager. Thirty-two years later, Molly retired from The Gant to pursue her desire to travel and enjoy life with her friends and relatives. From her collection of photo albums, books and memorabilia, it is apparent that she loved and appreciated all the wonderful people who became a part of her life and family.Molly was active in the community and excelled in both her professional and civic endeavors. Molly traveled extensively and believed in enjoying life to the fullest, supporting the community, protecting the environment and improving the life of everyone on the planet. Molly is survived by sisters Linda (John) Brooks of Alameda, Calif., Sara (Joe) Rendon of Shingle Springs, Calif., and Susan (Dennis) Peck of Fortuna, Calif.; niece Erin Peck; and nephews Jordan Peck and Joey Rendon. A celebration of Molly’s life will be held from 1:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Bumps in Aspen. All friends, acquaintances, and caregivers are invited.In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Molly Campbell Community Service Award, c/o Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 425 Rio Grand Place, Aspen CO 81611 or to your favorite environmental organization.
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