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Marty Anderson

Marty Anderson passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Prospect Park Living Center in Estes Park after a long struggle with cancer.

She was born Martha Frances Dailey to Percy and Leona (McHale) Dailey on March 14th, 1922 in Hornell, New York. The family moved from New York to the Los Angeles, California area in 1925.

Marty graduated from St. Anthony’s High School in Long Beach, California in 1940. She attended a business college and shortly after the start of World War II, she was employed as secretary to the Chief Engineer of Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California.

While there she met her future husband, E. R. (Andy) Anderson and they were married June 16th, 1945 in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Long Beach.

When the war ended they moved to Estes Park, Colorado and bought a six unit cottage camp. Andy had business affiliations in this small mountain tourist town, having worked there in the summer months beginning in 1935. He managed to acquire three retail businesses on the main street of Estes Park as an entrepreneur.

As a couple, they agreed that Marty would handle the accommodations as part of their collective businesses and Andy would manage the retail stores. This symbiotic arrangement proved to be highly successful. Marty’s charm and elegance at the front desk of the lodge made their main enterprise “Anderson’s Wonder View Cottages and Motel” one of the finest destination resorts in Northern Colorado. The resort was always booked a summer ahead by perennial customers. Forty years later, when Marty and Andy sold the business they had tripled the size of the camp, added a swimming pool and tour program AND Marty had raised five fine children on the side.

Marty held various positions in community service, notably in Quota Club, a women’s service organization. She not only served as President of the local chapter, but as Regional Director of Quota Club International, covering the states of Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. She, also, served as a board member of the Park R-3 school district and held offices in property owners associations and Our lady of the Mountain Catholic Church.

A unique organization named “The Old Timers Club” has been in existence for over twenty years. Marty along with the late Erma Crowley and the late Cliff Johnson began having Saturday morning coffee after their appointments at Erma’s Beauty Salon. Others were invited and the group began discussing Estes Park histories nostalgically. Within six months the club became an established Estes Park entity for those who lived here in the 30s, 40s and 50s. They meet year round, every other Saturday morning at 10 a.m. for breakfast at a local restaurant. So, Marty, Erma and the Johnsons are the charter members and co-founders of the historic Old Timers Club.

Marty and Andy celebrated their 25th, 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

After retiring in 1984, they built their current home in Stanley Hills.

They traveled extensively after retiring, playing tennis (their favorite hobby) in at least ten different countries. During their retirement, they spent seventeen warm winters in Solana Beach, California and Sun City, Arizona.

Marty is survived by her husband, Andy, of sixty-six years and her children, Mary Ellen, David, Christine, Maralee (Bryan Sutherland) and Michael “Andor;” four grandchildren, Colette Sible, Casey Mayes (Krisha), Troy Iron Wing (Dyane), and Gene Daniels; two great-grandchildren, Christina Sible and Joey Daniels; two sisters, Virginia Wilson of Playa del Rey, California and Genevieve Apel of Morro Bay, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday March 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. A Rosary Vigil will be held Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Allnutt Funeral Service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Estes Park Medical Center or to Focus of Catholic University Students, Box 18710, Golden, CO, 80402, in care of Allnutt Funeral Services, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park. Colorado 80517.


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