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Enda Mills Kiley

Former Estes Park resident Enda Kiley died January 13, 2009 in her home in Longmont.

Enda Mills was born April 27, 1919 at Longs Peak, Colorado. Her parents were Enos and Esther Mills. She attended Cheyenne Mountain School in Colorado Springs and Estes Park schools, where she was on the girl’s basketball team, graduating in 1937, in a class of 13 students.

She went on to Colorado Women’s College, Colorado University, where she was on the ski team and to Pomona in California.

Enda went to work for American Airlines and took flying lessons. She was close to receiving her pilot’s license until it was learned she was blind in one eye, due to a childhood accident. She joined the Navy W.A.V.E.S. in World War II and was stationed in Rhode Island, where she met her husband to be.

She married Robert Henry Bremer Kiley on February 27, 1946, and moved to Denver where they had four children. Enda worked as a secretary in her husband’s law office, for the Colorado Mountain Club and AAA. She attended the University of Denver and received her Masters Degree in Education.

The family moved back to Estes Park in 1966. Enda had been politically, socially, environmentally and spiritually active throughout her long life. She loved horses, flying, music, laughter, nature and the desert. Her smile was a mile wide when she was given the opportunity to fly in a helicopter above the Tahosa Valley and around Longs Peak.

She is survived by her cousin, Patricia Washburn of Estes Park, and her three children, Michael Kiley (Danielle) of Evergreen, Patrick Kiley of Longmont and Elizabeth Mills of Estes Park. She had three grandchildren, Michael Kiley II, (Donna), of Denver, Christopher Kiley of Denver and Eryn Mills of Estes Park. Enda had two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her eldest daughter Kathleen and her husband, Bob.

The family would like to gratefully thank all of her wonderful friends who have lovingly, selflessly and tirelessly assisted in her care for many years. We extend the same thanks to the Longmont Regent for making her last months so comfortable, cared for and embraced with love.

Donations may be made to the Allenspark Fire Department. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 880 MacGregor Avenue, Estes Park, CO.

Comments (5)

  • royce

    I had a chance to meet Enda last year. What a very sweet lady.

  • Jennifer

    Enda was a very kind and sweet woman, I met her through working with archives in Estes Park and she was a wealth of information. She will be missed.

  • Harry Shuemaker

    My wife and I became good friends with Enda over the years that we visited Estes Park. She was a most interesting, rugged individualist! Stubborn as hell, but most delightful and enjoyable! Very knowledgeable of nature!

    We will miss her.

  • Ron and Muriel Cisar

    It is almost midnight on this 7th day of February. I have just read an e-mail message from a good friend of many years who has informed me of the passing of Enda Mills Kiley. I am deeply saddened by this loss as she was a very good friend of our family. She was so deeply devoted to keeping the legacy of her father Enos Mills alive by continually sharing her knowledge of the natural world with everyone she met. I will always remember meeting her at the cabin or walking with her along the interpretive trail. But most of all, I will never forget the day I shared my song “Thank You, Enos” with her as we sat on ponderosa pine stumps outside of Enos Mills’ cabin. With Longs Peak rising in the west, Enda sat on the stump with her eyes closed and smiling as I sang about her dad, who is historically known as the “Father of Rocky Mountain National Park”. Enda always greeted my family with a smile and made you feel so very, very welcome.
    In a special locked bookcase in my den, you will find my collection of the works of Enos Mills. Some are autographed by Enos himself, and many are autographed by his dedicated daughter, Enda. Thank you, Enda, for all you have done to keep the flame of your father alive. Thank you also, for being a very special part of my life and so many others. You will always live in my heart. Enos must be very proud of you. You will have so much to share when you meet again. Thank you, Enda!!

  • Thurston and Shirley Bridges & Family

    Dear Enda’s Family, We are just now receiving the news of Enda’s passing. She was so special to our family. We are fortunate to have met her and have many pictures of her with our family. She always made us feel close to God and His beautiful world. Every time we came to Estes Park, after meeting her, we always madea point to come and visit her. We enjoyed her stories of her Dad, Enos and her Mother. She will never be forgotten from our family. She also made her Dad and Mother come alive to us. God bless Enda’s family.Thurston and Shirley Bridges & Family Isaiah 40:31

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