It is with great sadness that the family of Hope Cheney Learned Colt of Princeton, NJ announce her sudden passing on May 18, 2023 at the age of 86.
Hopie was born on August 10, 1936 to Horace B. Learned and Eileen Roff Learned in Manchester, CT. She graduated from the Oxford School. Hopie also graduated from Smith College in 1958 where she was named to Phi Beta Kappa. Hopie had a full and rewarding life volunteering for numerous organizations in Princeton including the US Squash Association, Princeton Child Development Institute, Princeton Historical Society, American Red Cross, and the Princeton University Museum. Known for her culinary
skills, Hope ran a small catering business for friends and clients in Princeton. Hope enjoyed memberships at Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Nassau Club, Keene
Valley Country Club, and usable Club. She was an avid tennis player and jazz enthusiast. She was a passionate animal lover and devoted to many dachshunds throughout her life. Come the summer months, Hope headed to her beloved Keene Valley, NY in the Adirondacks where she was often spotted with a tin bucket searching for berries. Friends and family were then rewarded in the fall with her famous jams…..what a treat!
Hopie was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Alexandra L. Preston, her son, Alexander D. Colt and her grandson, Tyler S. Colt. She is survived by sons, Harris Colt of Colorado Springs, CO and Ward (Trina) Colt of Titusville, NJ and grandchildren, Harris Colt, Jr., Athena Colt, Meredith Colt and CJ Colt. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Country SPCA, the Keene Valley Library, or the Keene Valley Congregational Church. There will be a luncheon for family and close friends celebrating Hope’s life on June 8, 2023 at 12:30 pm at the Nassau Club in Princeton. Burial services will be private at Cheney Cemetery in Manchester, CT. There will also be a memorial celebration in Keene Valley on August 6, 2023 at 4:30 at the Keene Valley Country Club in Keene Valley, NY.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.