Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Who has been the most influential woman in your life (other than your mother)?


“Patty Kirk’s mom. She told us where babies came from in the sixth grade.”

Suz Locke, Bellevue mom


“My 98-year-old grandmother, ‘Nanny.’ I asked her when she was going to give up her driver’s license and she replied, ‘It doesn’t expire ’til I’m 100.’”

Lola Crist, Board Ranch mom


“Kaitlyn Farrington, because she was brought up in God’s country, Bellevue, Idaho, on a working ranch. She has all the local kids fired up knowing that they can do anything they want and the sky is the limit. She is the inspiration of any small town.”

Cindy Theobald, Lefty’s employee


“Senora Verela, because I’m a Dual Immersion student and she is my Spanish teacher.”

Ellis Burke Mallett, Ketchum student


“My sisters, ’cause they are rippin’ skiers!

Emilie duPont, Board Ranch gal


“My advisor Kate Greenspan at Skidmore College was the first person who recommended that I write fiction by candlelight. We would drink martinis, smoke, then read and write. I have written some of my best fiction by candlelight.”

Kathleen Longe, Ketchum writer


“Hands down it would have to be my Hamilton College Virginia Wolf Seminar professor that taught me the beauty of being an independent, free-thinking woman. Nowadays, it’s Nina Jonas … for taking the Ketchum mayor job.”

Keri Desler, Ketchum wine representative


“My high school English teacher, because she taught me how to think more deeply.”

Tracy Lee, Cell phone tower developer Board Ranch


“Maxine Uhrig. She was the kindest woman I have ever met. She loved her family and friends more than anything.”

Jennifer Uhrig, Sun Valley Co. director of recreation


“Two come to mind. My third-grade teacher Marie Wick, who was at the forefront of the woman’s lib movement, who taught us to be strong and independent women. Secondly, Larsen Peterson, my son’s godmother, who convinced me to move here from Seattle.”

Andi Meucci, Higher Ground ski instructor


“My good ol’ friend Betty Ford—you know, like the place you have to go to when you have had a little too much.”

Carol Allen, Park City organic farmer


“My neighbor Betty, who was my pseudo-grandmother when I was growing up in Idaho Falls. I would take her to school on grandparents’ day and later, after she had a stroke, I took care of her for a number of years. After she died, it was the first time I thought about a spirit not being here anymore. It was hard on me.”

Aliyah Jennings, Boise yoga instructor

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