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Longtime Supporter, Volunteer and Former Board Chair Shares her Story!

marianMarian Melville (née Headley) was born in 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Bucknell University and graduated in 1951 with a degree in Mathematics. A close friend asked her on a ski trip in the winter of 1955 to a small Colorado town, called Aspen. With nothing else planned, she accepted. After skiing a winter in Aspen, she decided this was home. With little businesses opened in Aspen in the 1950s, she worked several jobs from the mountain top restaurant, nanny and housekeeping until meeting her future husband in June of 1956, Ralph Melville. They were married in August of 1956 and together, they built up the iconic Aspen ski lodge Mountain Chalet Lodge (originally started in 1954 by Ralph) and started their family of six children and two foster children.

Marian Melville started her philanthropic pursuits in the 1980s after Easterseals Colorado President and CEO, Francis Steers wanted representation from the mountain communities on the Easterseals Colorado Board of Directors. With six children, Marian juggled life as a mother, owner of a lodge and Easterseals Colorado Board Chair. During her time as Chair, Marian helped oversee the expansion of Rocky Mountain Village Camp, the Talking with Technology program and the ADA laws still in effect today. Her support of Easterseals from then to now is incredible. At nearly 89 years old, Marian is a grandmother to 16 and great-grandmother to five. She volunteers three days a week to various causes in her community and has become passionately involved with Cystic Fibrosis, a cause close to her heart. She continues to support Easterseals with a monetary donation, her love and support. We are grateful to Marian for her life of service and all she has done to enable Easterseals to grow, for without volunteers such as Marian, there would be no Easterseals. “It’s not what we take, but what we give” said Easterseals founder, Edgar Allen. Thank you Marian for your long time belief in our mission, for giving so much of yourself to those who need it most.

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