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Esther Jean Price

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Esther Jean Price passed away on May 29, 2017, after a deeply lived life of over 92 years. Esther was a naturalist with a strong Christian conviction bringing a delight in the smallest details of design in nature to all her activities, family and friends. She was mother to four children and five grandchildren, a graduate of Colorado College, active in numerous circles of friends and a world traveler.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband Robert Childs Price, Jr., and her brother George Swearer, Jr. She is widely remembered as a gracious,...

Esther Jean Price passed away on May 29, 2017, after a deeply lived life of over 92 years. Esther was a naturalist with a strong Christian conviction bringing a delight in the smallest details of design in nature to all her activities, family and friends. She was mother to four children and five grandchildren, a graduate of Colorado College, active in numerous circles of friends and a world traveler.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband Robert Childs Price, Jr., and her brother George Swearer, Jr. She is widely remembered as a gracious, sweet and reliable woman-and with her closest friends, carrying a stubborn streak like her brother George!
She is dearly remembered by her children Joan Ellen Price of Tularosa, New Mexico, Ronald Robert Price and his wife Tia, of Colorado Springs, Allison Ann Berger and her husband Lou, of Painted Post, New York, and Martin Childs Price and his wife Pamela of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her grandchildren Teera, Holly, Lauren and Wylee Price, and Robert Berger also loved her dearly and have innumerable fond memories of trips to the valleys and mountains surrounding Colorado Springs, special occasions and birthday parties.
Esther ("little cuss")was born in Denver, Colorado, on November 18, 1924, to Florence and George Swearer, Sr., and attended East High with her brother George ("big cuss") in the historic Capitol Hill district. She moved to Colorado Springs to attend Colorado College with a major in Fine Arts, becoming lifelong friends with some of her colleagues including Janet Sorensen Rothberg while attending classes at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, working as a "hasher" at the student center and at the Summit House at the top of majestic Pikes Peak. Esther changed her major to biology after she received a position as a lab assistant in the Colorado College Department of Biology, received several scholarships, and graduated in January of 1947 with a major in biology. She was a member of several social clubs including Delta Gamma sorority, the Flying Tiger Club, Wakuta, and the Ski Club and, later on, the Colorado College International Student Exchange summer programs.
During her college years, she met Robert Childs Price, Jr. and they were married on September 5, 1945, in Denver. They were a very active couple in founding, organizing and developing community projects including the Pikes Peak Glen Cove Ski Area and the Broadmoor Community Church while building their first home in the Cheyenne Mountain school district and beginning their family.
Esther and Bob guided their children through church programs, visiting relatives in Denver and a constant round of camping and fishing trips throughout the Rocky Mountains. Esther brought an expertise in tying flies that she learned from her father to the family sport. They provided lessons in tennis, swimming, ice-skating, horseback riding, skiing, fine art and dance lessons at Colorado College, home arts and crafts, and gardening often with a focus on the regional natural landscape. The family spent many activities with Fred Sorensen, a skiing buddy, and Janet, his wife and a fellow artist; the Sorensen and Price children shared homes and many memories of picnics, camping and projects together.

She even found time to seek out collectible items at local auctions, to make rugs with recycled materials with the "Ragpickers," to practice castanets collected from Mexico to accompany flamenco music, to study interior design and to design her last home in a woodlands setting with an architect. Esther and Bob developed life-long tennis partners playing on tennis courts throughout the region. Esther was playing tennis with her friends and coach until she was 90 years old.
Esther and Bob traveled extensively after their children were older, often camping out in their small recreational vehicle. They returned to the American Southwest and Mexico over and over, discovering the old Spanish Catholic churches, plazas and historic cities, the natural features of desert, mountain and ocean ecologies as well as remote petroglyph sites and sacred lands of Native Americans. They discovered the unique villages and vast natural environments of Canada, Western Europe, South America, Africa, and eventually Turkey with its Biblical history and architecture. She brought home innumerable work by artisans to display alongside art work by many talented friends. And they feasted on the local traditional foods everywhere they traveled!
Esther's interest in biology and the fine arts informed a lifelong attention to the American Southwest ecology which she shared with the Pikes Peak Mycological Society as a member for 30 years. She is remembered as a foray participant with an astute eye and an invaluable camaraderie with the members. She is credited with finding rare mushrooms on the forays and surveys throughout this region that are recorded at the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens. This focus on the subtle ecology of mushrooms brought club members face to face with a segment of the public who carry out weapons target practice, wild partying, thievery and vehicle driving contests that destroy fragile and lush mushroom habitat in the valleys and canyons west of Cheyenne Mountain. The environmentalists were only partially successful with local land management officials in confronting this on-going practice of environmental destruction and the Price family always were worried about her safety as well as celebrating her love of the historic area.
Esther was a founding member of the Broadmoor Community Church. Two of her children were baptized in the Cheyenne Mountain School before the church membership found land in the Broadmoor district and began the design and building of the current church on Lake Avenue. She was one of the first Sunday school teachers, a creative contributor for the Christmas Home Tours and the Women's Habitat for Humanity projects of the church. She was a long term member of the Broadmoor Bible Study group, remembered as deeply interested in contemporary as well as traditional Christian theology, always bringing a fascinating flower or other small natural object to share with the members. She shared her photographs of biblical places and accounts of her travels in Turkey many times with the Bible Study group as they examined the meaning of passages each week.
Esther was a dependable donor to many environmental and humanitarian groups including the World Wildlife Fund, the Sierra Club, Heifer International, Oglala Lakota College and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Memorial services for Esther Jean Price will be held June 17 at 1:00 p.m. at the Broadmoor Community Church at 315 Lake Avenue, Rev. Anne Cubbage officiating. A small reception will be offered after the service. Donations in lieu of flowers are requested for charities of your choice. On line condolences are welcome at www.Imperialfunerals.com.




Arrangements under the direction of Imperial Funeral Home, Pueblo, CO.