Obituaries

Obituaries are listed chronologically by date of death starting with the most recent.

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Earl Glen Estes

Departed on February 13, 2018

Resided in Denver, Colorado

Earl Glen Estes, 70, of Denver Colorado passed away on February 13, 2018 at home with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Services to be held at the Horan & McConaty Family Chapel on Federal Boulevard on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2:30PM.

Roberta "Bobbie" Brown

Departed on February 11, 2018

Resided in Centennial, CO

It is with great sadness that the family of Roberta “Bobbie” Trembath Brown
announce her passing on Sunday February 11, 2018 at the age of 86. Bobbie will
be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her daughters Pat Bissonnette and
Lee (John) Geyer, her grandchildren Paul Bissonnette, Jennifer (Carlie) Miller,
Christine (Phil) Behrends, Joel (Adrianne) Geyer and her great grandchildren
Gavin, Ryan, Paige, Keslie, Leah and Jamie. Bobbie will also be lovingly
remembered by her brother George (Joan) Trembath, numerous nieces and
nephews and her sister Dorothy. She was preceded in death by her parents
Robert “Brick” and Mildred Trembath, and her sister Mary Darlene “Donnie”
Brown.

Michael Donald Hughes

Departed on February 7, 2018

Resided in Denver, CO

Michael Donald Hughes, 49, of Denver, passed away at his home on February 7th 2018.

Michael is preceded in death by his mother Connie R. Nielsen of Nebraska, just recently on July 19. Also, his maternal Grandfather Eldon W.J. Jaspring, also of Nebraska. He is survived by his maternal Grandmother, Mary J. Jaspring, originally of Nebraska, now residing in Oklahoma. He is also survived by his loving sister, Jennifer K. Robertson of Denver. He also leaves his two treasured  nephews, Timothy J.M. Bradford of Denver, residing in Kentucky and Joseph T.K. Robertson, also of Denver. He was the proud Great Uncle of Audrey Marie Grace Bradford, of Denver, also residing in Kentucky.

For several years, Michael was a dedicated and intelligent employee of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield as a trainer. As a respected professional in the medical insurance industry, he was well versed in all aspects of medical insurance, sharing and teaching that knowledge which brought great value to the company.

Michael was a gifted singer which was his greatest passion. When any opportunity arose to exhibit that talent, he embraced the moment with abundant enthusiasm.  He sang an amazing rendition of Josh Groban's "When You Say You Love Me" at his sister Jennifer's wedding. He also sang a riveting a capella version of the Lord's Prayer at his Grandfather Eldon's funeral. His favorite past time was participation in both the Denver Chorale and the Tampa Bay Gay Men's choir, from which he gathered meaningful and lasting friendships. It has been said that his sense of humor, jokes and sincere hugs which felt like they were meant to last a lifetime, are the most fondly remembered personality traits. Of all of those, the most treasured gift, and legacy he leaves, is his beautiful singing voice. It will echo in our hearts for a lifetime.

In loving memory, a memorial will will be held at a date and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please donate to his favoritecharities, the Denver Dumb Friend's League in his and Chico's names, The Denver Chorale, The Tampa Bay Gay Men's Chorus and the Diabetes Foundation.

 

Patricia Lee Owens

Departed on February 6, 2018

Resided in Denver, Colorado

Owens, Patricia Lee 7/4/42-2/6/18 – Born on the 4th of July in Livingston, KY. She graduated from Lloyd High School in Erlanger, KY and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of Kentucky. Pat taught three years in Louisville, KY and then moved to Denver to work at Drake Jr. High where for 28 years she helped to handcraft students’ lives. In retirement, she began pet sitting. Friends called her, “St. Francis” for the way birds, squirrels, alley cats, and dogs lovingly responded to her. She will be remembered for her kindness in adversity and the sound of her laughter. She is predeceased by her parents, Edward L. and Emma Rankin Owens.  Pat is survived by her sisters Nancy Sue von Richter of Dayton, OH and Barbara Ann (Dr. Robert) Goldstein of La Quinta, CA. A funeral will be held at Regis University Side Chapel 2/24 at 10:00AM.

Beth Buckingham

Departed on February 4, 2018

Resided in Denver, Colorado

Beth Buckingham: A Life Well Lived

About to turn 61 last May 21 and on the verge of retiring, Beth Buckingham relished the idea of traveling more. Her love of the outdoors had drawn her to Colorado from her native Minnesota, after having graduated from St. James High School in 1975 and from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1979. Her subsequent adventures in Brazil, Argentina, Central America, Mexico, Vietnam and most of Europe were just the appetizer on what she imagined would be a full menu of international travel, during which she would immerse herself in dozens of new countries – their sights, sounds, cultures and tastes ... especially the tastes.

A wonderful cook in her own right, Beth had a knack for knowing where to find the “best (fill in the blank) dish” in any town she visited. Mexican food was her favorite, and trips to Santa Fe were frequent. Her love of excellent food was matched by her fondness for regularly sharing both good food and drink with friends, and she frequently served as both chef de cuisine and master mixologist. She sure could make a mean Manhattan!

Beth approached life the way she did a new culinary experience – with curiosity, daring and gusto. “I’m in!” was how she responded to nearly everything. She loved skiing, hiking, sailing, golf, reading and spending time with family and friends. And art. She filled her home with unique and lively pieces she had collected during her travels around the world and from local artists – often purchased as part of fundraisers for causes she cared deeply about.

Though small in stature, Beth lived life large. “Life Is Good” wasn’t just a slogan on her T-shirts – it was her mantra. Even when she was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma last April and upon entering hospice in December, Beth maintained she’d had a good life ... a life well lived. Maybe that outlook emanated from her Scandinavian stoicism. Perhaps it came from having survived breast cancer 20 years ago. Or maybe it was just her “Minnesota nice” demeanor. Those who knew her best would simply say, “That’s just Beth.”

Beth lost her battle with brain cancer on February 4, 2018, leaving behind her spouse, Pat Lippincott, of Denver; brother Drake Buckingham (Celia Alario) of Moab, UT; uncle Dick (Jane) Niemi of Minneapolis, MN; cousins Chuck Niemi and Ken Niemi of Denver; her friends and colleagues at Petroleum Place Energy Solutions, where she was highly regarded as an oil and gas software product manager; and too many close friends to count. Those loved by Beth will miss her deeply every day. Her parents, Lester Drake and Gloria Joyce (Niemi) Buckingham, preceded her in death.