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Priscilla Hastings, of McCoy, 1919-2005

Priscilla B. Hastings died in her sleep early Monday morning at her ranch in McCoy. She was 86.

She had been married to Merrill Hastings for 57 years. Longtime residents of Eagle County, the Hastings first came to Vail in the summer of 1962 and moved to their country ranch in 1973.

Hastings was born Aug. 8, 1919 in Fall River, Mass., and was a member of the Boston Junior League. She attended the Emma Willard school in Troy, N.Y., and went to the University of Vermont in Burlington.

In 1940 she transferred to the University of Colorado in Boulder where she became a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and graduated in 1942.

She jointed the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was the commanding WAVE officer in Bar Harbor, Maine. She was later transferred to posts in New York and San Francisco, and was discharged as a lieutenant senior grade in 1946.

She returned to Colorado, became a fully certified instructor and taught in the Winter Park Ski School. In 1947, she joined the Berthoud Pass Ski School, where she met her husband-to-be. They were married on July 31, 1948.

The Hastings started SKIING MAGAZINE while Priscilla became a class A alpine competitor and was the 61st woman in the United States to join the National Ski Patrol.

From 1973 to 1990, she oversaw the family’s Sunnyvail Angus Ranch in McCoy, where she bred registered cattle, some of which often became Colorado state champions and for several years won championships at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Hastings is survived by her husband, Merrill, of McCoy; daughter Deborah of Durango; son Bill of Lakewood; and her favorite dog, Bear.

At her request, no services will be held. Instead, her immediate family will ride their horses up neighboring King Mountain and scatter her ashes over the meadows where she used to summer graze her cattle on horseback.

Vail, Colorado


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