Eleanor Newcomb Ahern

April 1, 1921 Golden, Colorado
Passed Away:
June 1, 2009 Thornton, Colorado

Thumb_744_Ahern 2Thumb_744_Ahern 3Eleanor Louise Ahern made a peaceful transition on June 1, 2009 at age 88 with her loving daughter, Lucinda, at her side. She came into this world on April 1, 1921 in Golden, CO, born to Leonard McNamara and Elizabeth Bowie. A third generation Coloradoan, she was a direct descendant of two prominent pioneer families, the Tuckers and the Bowies. For 12 years Eleanor attended Holy Family School graduating from high school in 1939. She went on to attend the University of Denver for several years majoring in business.

On April 25th, 1942 she married Robert E. Simpson, an engineering graduate of Colorado School of Mines. During their life together they moved all over, making their home in Durango, Alamosa, Crested Butte, Denver, and for a short time during WW II they lived in the High Sierras of California. After 21 years and 4 children, they were divorced while residing in Arvada.

In 1972 Eleanor was remarried to James B. Ahern, a long time north Denver native. James preceded her in death by almost 25 years.

Ellie, as her friends called her, was an avid watercolor artist, a floral arranger, and an antique dealer in Arvada and Wheat Ridge for many years. She was a proud member of Territorial Daughters of Colorado. Her interests included a passion for gardening, raising African violets and orchids, as well as, photography, and designing jewelry. She was a voracious reader who always had a good novel at her bedside.

Ellie is survived by all of her children, including J. Michele Stout (Arvada), Deborah Wolfe (Westminster), Lucinda Simpson (Golden), and Andrew McAvin (League City, TX). Also surviving are four grandsons: Jason Stout, Joshua Stout, Jeremy Stout, and Alexander Eriksen.

A memorial gathering is planned for Saturday, June 20th, in the garden Eleanor loved and tended at her home in Westminster.


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