Lorna Waddington
1930 - 2020
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Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1930. She asked for her first pair of skis at age 9, a defining moment in her life. She earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Manitoba in nutrition. At age 23 her love of skiing called again and all alone she boarded a train for Aspen, Colorado. Upon her arrival, she looked up at Aspen Mountain with the stars in the background and knew she was exactly where she was supposed to be. There she met the love of her life Charles "Chuck" Waddington. They married in 1953 and together built a lodge at the foot of Aspen Mountain, the Chalet Lisl, which they operated until 1976 when they moved to Durango, Colorado. Chuck would laugh when he would say they spent 56 "long miserable years" together. They skied until the windsurfing bug grabbed them both and then they spent winters in La Ventana/El Sargento, Baja California Sur, where they were beloved members of the community, and summers in Durango. She became a US citizen in 1960 so she could vote for John F Kennedy.

She was preceded in death by her husband Chuck and survived by her sister Barbara Stoker, and daughters, Liz McCormack (Steve), Ruth Rydiger, grandkids, Craig McCormack, Erin Purcell (Kord), Kerry Rydiger and Amanda Rydiger. She also leaves behind many wonderful friends who are going to miss her.

A celebration of her life will be in the summer when we hike up to the meadow on Engineer Mountain, per her wishes. In lieu of flowers, which we all know she has loved being the gardener she was, please donate to one of her favorite charities, Music in the Mountains, La Plata Quilters, the library, Mercy Hospice, Meals on Wheels or anything that serves people or animals.

We'd like to also take this time to thank the wonderful staff at Mercy Hospice, they were so wonderful and made her feel like a princess at the end. We don't know what we would have done without them.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Durango Herald on Feb. 10, 2020.
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February 25, 2020
Lorna and I spent many happy days skiing and enjoying the Aspen life. She was an example to us all: a wonderful skier, a great cook, and an amazing party-giver. Everyone in Aspen loved the Waddingtons. She would call me on the coldest winter mornings and tell me to get ready for a day of skiing, and off we would go. We will miss her. And we will miss the airplane without wings sitting in the front yard. Lorna used to store laundry in it because it kept everything nice and cold. Those were the days. Rest In Peace, friend. Pat Card
February 19, 2020
Ruth, so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and the family. Tom and Susann
Tom and Susann
February 13, 2020
Lorna so many wonderful memories...hiking, camping, garage saleing, wine, and years of an enduring and warm friendship. I am so glad to have had you in my life. You will be deeply missed, and lovingly remembered forever.
Jill Ward
February 13, 2020
She will be missed. She was a patient at one of the physical therapy clinics I worked for in Durango.
Renee Martin
February 12, 2020
Lorna, you and Chuck were a staple in my life and helped me so much and made me laugh so frequently. You are both much missed.
Jill Card
February 11, 2020
Goodbye Lorna, I really enjoyed hanging out with you. The lectures and talks we shared were always a great time. Thanks for all you have done for us, the adventures were great! I watched the "Price is Right" this morning and it just wasn't the same without you. You'll always be remembered.
Bob Rydiger
February 11, 2020
Liz and Ruth,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Lorna was a truly wonderful person, so full of laughter and life. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Blake Knoll
February 10, 2020
Farewell Sweet Lorna. We had good times working out together on pilates. And I will miss having lunch with you whenever I come to visit in Durango. So glad you and Chuck are together again and forever!!
Rosine Stout
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