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The remodel took a year and a half and the family final-
ly moved in during the autumn of 2004. Two years later,
Mary was diagnosed with a rare uterine cancer that kept
her in chemo treatments, on trial medications and in
and out of hospitals and doctors’ offices. But through it
all, she also played tennis, went boating, and hiked. For
the most part, her effervescent personality and unsink-
able spirit kept her afloat until she decided it was time to
go. Mary passed away the day after Christmas in 2009.
When the boys cleaned out the house after she died,
they found a box of undated poetry she had written—
sonnets, artfully put together and meticulously pasted
into a thick book, as though she had always planned
to publish it. From the time she was a child, Mary was
an artist and worked with clay in her pottery studio in
Crested Butte, called the Naked Potter. In her final days,
she created in water colors and pastels, donating her art
to Living Journeys, which now sells her prints to benefit
those and their families living with cancer.
Mary is ever present in this house she made a home. She
shines throughout the colors splashed onto the walls. Ev-
erything is perfectly placed to please the eye and com-
fort the soul. From the sunshine that falls through a win-
dow to the lime green laundry room that makes doing
the laundry less of a chore, it’s as if Mary continues to
remind us to smile, to enjoy the bounty this wonderland
of mountains and wild summer flowers.
The sons named the home The Gordon Luxury Vaca-
tion Home, in honor of their mother. It’s available to
guests year-round in the hope that other families will
create good times and memories. The sons agree that’s
certainly what Mary intended for this house— to be a
place for her sons to remain close, and in that sense, it
is her legacy. Seaton smiles and speaks for his brothers
when he says, “If anyone ever wanted to know who she
was, all they need to do is walk through this home.”
The
House
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Mary
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