Long-time resident Barbara Buettner, age 67, died of cancer on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.Born in Hollywood, California on Nov. 24, 1937 to Sophie and Harry Estin, she grew up and attended schools in the Hollywood/Los Angeles area. Barbara, known to most as Barb, loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking and skiing with the Mountaineers while attending UCLA, which she graduated from in 1959.She married Louis Buettner in 1967. They moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1971, and built a home in Emma.She was a tireless volunteer in the valley and donated many hours to the cross country skiing program for Basalt schools, the Aspen Historical Society, the Pitkin County Fair, and the Basalt Volunteer Network (providing food boxes for the needy). She was also a driving force behind the Pitkin County 4-H Club.As an avid student of western history, particularly Colorado and local history, she was an invaluable asset to the Aspen Historical Society, where she volunteered on a weekly basis for many, many years. She enjoyed telling endless stories about Aspen and the surrounding area, its early days and its colorful characters.Neighbors will remember her as an election judge for virtually every election in recent history.She was a member of the Colorado Mountain Club for 34 years, and was secretary/treasurer of that organization for most of that time, and led many of the Mountain Club hikes.She was also a very active member in the local women’s hiking/skiing group known as the Wednesday Wanderers for over 25 years, and was a member of the County Extension Homemaker’s Club in Basalt.Barb had a deep love for the mountains, the wildflowers (she knew them all by name), and the wildlife. She backpacked and hiked extensively throughout the area, throughout her life. In the winter and spring she would ski, both downhill and cross country.She also loved cooking, sewing, canning, needlepoint, gardening and reading. Barb is survived by her husband of 38 years, and many friends who will miss her dearly.According to her wishes, there was no funeral service.Louis Buettner requests that there be no cards, letters, or flowers sent. Remember her in your hearts and minds. Memorial funds have been set up in her name in both: The Aspen Historical Society, 620 Bleeker St., Aspen 81611; and the 4-H Home Economics Awards Fund, c/o the Garfield County Agent, P.O. Box 1112, Rifle, CO 81650.
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