Ann Marie Elliott Casey, a longtime resident of Steamboat Springs, passed away peacefully June 16, 2011, at the Hospice of St. John in Wheat Ridge. She was 98.
Ann moved to Steamboat in 1962, where she and her husband, William, ran a small independent gas station and diner at the location now known as Casey’s Pond. Although Ann appreciated the intention of the renaming, the small body of water was always Storm Mountain Lake to her. Likewise, Ann tended to bring out the big side — the lake side — of the people she met. She encouraged them to grow into a lake, not a pond.
Ann was active in Girl Scouts; the American Association of University Women; the Routt County Seniors, which built the first senior center; and the local arts community as an appreciative member of the audience.
Ann, or Casey as she was called by many of her friends, loved to entertain and had some of the best parties Steamboat has ever known in some of the littlest spaces. She also loved to travel — any time, anywhere — to places like Puerto Rico, France, Panama, Scotland, England, Germany and Niger. Each had a stamp in her passport.
No matter where she went, Steamboat was home. Her heart never left the Yampa Valley. If she could tell you, her words would be: “Thank you for all the good times. Now take care of yourselves. I love you all.”
A memorial celebration was held July 23, 2011, in the Scott Community Room at the Selbe Apartments in Steamboat. Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.