Ethel Mae Pope

July 29th, 1928January 4th, 2019

Ethel Mae Pope, 90, of Boulder, died on January 4, 2019.  She was born July 29, 1928 in rural Butterfield, Minnesota.  Ethel moved with her family first to Franklin Park (Chicago) and then to El Segundo (Los Angeles), California, where she graduated from high school in 1946.  She remembered participating in the wild celebration among throngs of people in downtown Los Angeles in 1945 at the end of WWII.  In the Los Angeles area Ethel worked as a telephone operator and then at Air Research Corporation where she met Charles Pope, of Indianapolis.

Ethel and Charley married in 1953 and soon moved to Salinas, and shortly later to Bishop, California. Their three children came along in this period 1957-1959, forging Ethel as a busy and loving mother and ultimately great-grandmother for all the years to follow.  In 1961 Charley and Ethel moved to Boulder, Colorado, for Charley’s job at Ball Brothers Research Corporation where he was a draftsman until his retirement. Ethel treasured all of her years in Boulder both at work and play, including a part-time library career at the Boulder Public Library and George Reynolds Branch Library, and many hours spent skiing and hiking to age 80+, bicycling with friends in Boulder and environs, walking the Bolder Boulder, and she helped coordinate several overseas tours as she enjoyed travel.  Ethel loved her family and friends and their music parties (Charley was a drummer and later a piano tuner and the couple had a close group of music friends). Ethel also loved her church and the family’s close-knit Boomer-era south Boulder neighborhood, enjoying long walks in the neighborhood to her 89th year. Ethel and Charley lived the rest of their lives in Boulder and were married 63 years before Charley passed in 2016

Ethel is survived by her brother, Milo Marquardt; a son, Mark (Sharon; Steven and Anna), daughter Gayle (Lynn; Lauren [Ricardo] and their son, Mateo, also Mary [Alex]), and son, John (Dawn; Sarah [Adam] Smith and James).
A memorial service is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 3485 Stanford Court, in Boulder. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Calvary's Legacy 125 fund or to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.

A memorial service is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 3485 Stanford Court, in Boulder. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mount Calvary Memorial Fund or the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.


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