January 29, 2023
‘We’ll pack after we get there’: Valley artist, jazz lover Mary Noone remembered
Mary Noone units up her easel and paints close to Carbondale.
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Mary Noone had a expertise for including new colours to each facet of her life.

She noticed the colours on the planet that others couldn’t at all times discover, embraced being current and by no means took something too significantly alongside the way in which. 

“You couldn’t comprise her even when you wished to. She was simply unbothered by the logistics or requirements of life,” Claire Noone, Mary’s daughter, stated. “Which was nice. It was enjoyable.”



Mary noticed the world as a clean canvas asking to be crammed, she stated.

“Her angle, which I’m so grateful for, was that everybody is an artist,” Claire stated. “There may be nothing valuable or particular or essentially completely different about what she did; she simply appreciated shade, she appreciated expressing herself and she or he went out and did it.”



A staple within the Roaring Fork Valley since she and her husband Bob Noone settled in Carbondale in 1982, Mary Noone died peacefully in early August, per week after experiencing one final of a favourite annual occasion, Carbondale Mountain Truthful. 

Mary was a famend painter, a well-recognized member of the group and a co-creator along with her husband of Glenwood Springs Summer time of Jazz, which had a 25-year run from 1985-2010.

“Rising up, that’s simply what you do: You exit, you see one thing, you begin portray it,” Claire stated. “There was no hesitancy, like a clean canvas is simply asking to be crammed.”

When the Noones settled within the Roaring Fork Valley, they began in Carbondale as a result of it was the group they each wished to be a part of. 

After they moved to Glenwood Springs, it was for the house they wished to develop a household in. That they had three kids, Claire, Vallee and Charlie.

For a few years Mary Noone’s physique would shake and transfer involuntarily from Parkinson’s illness. However, a collection of surgical procedures a number of years in the past gave her the flexibility to maneuver about and loosen up once more.
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The issue was, Mary missed the group in Carbondale. 

The Noones determined to prepare a jazz live performance with out having any concept what they have been doing. 

“They determined to begin a music collection that none of them had any concept of tips on how to do,” Claire stated. “They only determined, and that was sort of how my mother did issues. She was like, ‘That is simply what I’m gonna do, and I’ll determine it out.’”

Though the Noones got here for Carbondale, Mary was glad she discovered Glenwood. 

“Famously, certainly one of her slogans we are saying is, ‘We’ll pack after we get there,’ which is kind of actually what we do,” Claire stated.

She reminisced about throwing every little thing within the automotive and driving to the airport whereas reserving the tickets on the street or spontaneously taking a last-minute tenting journey.

“She wasn’t the sort of one that wanted all the correct gear and even wanted meals. Like, she would name good Chinese language and go up and sleep on the parking zone of the bottom of Sopris,” Claire stated. “We’d camp behind the truck, have an excellent dinner, lay out below the celebs.”

That mentality went hand-in-hand with how Mary lived her life. 

Being whimsical can typically maintain unhealthy connotations, however, for Mary, it was embraced past disgrace, and one of the vital lovely facets of being in her presence. 

Certainly one of Mary Noone’s many work, “Recent Produce.”
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“I don’t suppose she ever actually misplaced her childlike surprise and pleasure about getting exterior each time she may,” Claire stated. 

Certainly one of her closest pals, Martha Cochran, would go along with her to color the colours when the seasons would change. 

“She would paint in her personal colours,” Cochran stated. “I used to search out it so humorous — like within the fall, all of the golden aspen bushes in her portray can be blue or crimson. What she noticed have been the contrasts, I feel, and, then, she used her personal colours to painting that.”

Always adapting with any scenario, Mary switched to acrylics after she had Claire, so she may paint with one thing that may dry quick, so she may get proper again on the street. 

“That was sort of my adventures with mother as a child. We go to lovely locations within the Roaring Fork Valley, pop up, she’d arrange her easel, we’d run round, play and she or he’d do a portray in like a half hour, an hour, we’d leap within the river and head on,” Claire stated.

The flexibility to search out time to take pleasure in and admire the second after which transferring on is mirrored in a number of facets of her life. Even being recognized with Parkinsons and, later, most cancers, she by no means misplaced her optimistic and robust disposition.

Claire stated her household noticed plenty of change and improvement rising up within the valley, and her mother selected to embrace the change, capturing areas by portray the areas that have been deliberate to be constructed on. 

“I sort of received my first eye into conservation work, and the fantastic thing about panorama by going with my mother to those locations earlier than they have been developed,” Claire stated. “She’d take it upon herself to attempt to seize an undisturbed panorama as a lot as attainable earlier than it was bulldozed.”

Figuring out that it was one thing that wasn’t going to be there endlessly, Claire stated she would paint with urgency — not solely to seize these locations by means of artwork, but additionally to virtually archive these landscapes earlier than they have been gone.

The Noone household celebrates the ultimate Summer time of Jazz live performance in 2010 as they dance collectively in entrance of the stage at Two Rivers Park. From left are Claire, Charlie, Bob, Vallee and Mary Noone.
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One reminiscence Claire cherishes was her mother portray the panorama the place the group heart was constructed. There was an outdated cottonwood tree they each liked, and Mary fought to maintain. 

The builders mistakenly reduce it down after Mary labored with town council to salvage it. Claire stated she nonetheless has the portray of the cottonwood tree hanging on her wall as certainly one of her favorites. 

“I’m very fond but additionally have very heartbreaking recollections of sitting among the many survey stakes at Wulfsohn Ranch earlier than Glenwood Meadows was constructed,” Claire stated.

Mary taught her household that these facets of life could possibly be embraced with out being dwelled upon. She taught all of her household to suppose extra like artists and to by no means maintain on too tight to what they’ll’t change. 

“You may make errors, you possibly can have a nasty portray, throw it out and hold going,” Claire stated.

Mary’s last mission was portray one of many outside sales space kiosks throughout from the Resort Colorado. Her mobility was restricted, however her will and a robust bond with a detailed pal prevailed. 

Cochran knew tips on how to seize what her pal wished, and Claire agreed.

“That was sort of her final mission I attempted to do along with her,” Cochran stated. “She’d combine colours and level to a web page, and that was actually a enjoyable mission, and she or he was glad to have that accomplished.”

It’s a Mary Noone that may’t be missed, they each stated individually.

There will likely be a celebration of life for Mary Noone on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 3 – 5 p.m. on the Two Rivers Park bandshell. The occasion is casual; most well-liked attendance for individuals who knew and liked her.

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