Margaret Eileen “Miki” Lutz passed peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 3, 2019. Known as Miki to most of her friends, she was born Nov. 30, 1925, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., to Guy Edward and Ezma Anona Weatherly.
A second-generation Colorado native, Miki grew up on a sheep ranch on Divide Creek just south of Silt with one older sister, Edith, and four younger brothers: William, Richard, Edward and Kay. Her years on the ranch prepared her well for life’s experiences. She was a skilled horsewoman (that mile she rode to and from school each day, beginning at age four, had its benefits after all), an excellent cook, and an accomplished seamstress.
Miki was well known for her dedicated work ethic and high-level management skills, all attributable to early ranch life. Miki graduated from high school in New Castle, Colo., and moved to Denver where she was employed as an office administrator for an oil and gas business.
She enjoyed skiing on her days off. It was there that she met Dick Milstein, who patrolled the slopes of Winter Park, in 1952. They married, had two daughters, Charme (Philip Krauth) and Robyn (Rockwell Canda), moved to Aspen, then Glenwood Springs where they pioneered Ski Country’s “Learn-to-Ski” package.
She was both a Girl Scout leader and a 4-H leader, and a positive influence in the lives of many Glenwood Springs children. In 1967 they looked east and headed for the “Mythical Valley of ZA” — Westcliffe, Colo. — with plans for Conquistador Ski Area. Making their home in Canon City, Miki worked for the Bill Berry Motor Company and the Bureau of Land Management in Canon City and then Glenwood Springs.
Thank heaven her grandson and pride and joy, Michael Aaron Strubel, arrived on the scene in 1981. Miki focused her attention on Aaron, her only grandchild, enriching his life as he did hers. Dick and Miki divorced, and, unbeknownst to Miki, she was to meet and marry “her best friend” Terry Lutz (yes, he, too, was a skier). Miki enjoyed 20 years of happiness with Terry, sharing not only his homes in Guffey, Colo., and Sun City, Ariz., but also his belief in the Lord. Miki renewed her faith and was not afraid of the future. She dearly loved her family.
We will miss her quirky sense of humor, her excellent advice, and her ability to do just about anything — well!
Donations may be made to the charity of your choice in Miki’s name.
A celebration of life will be held at St. Peter’s Chapel in Cripple Creek on Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m.