Beth Buckingham

Born in Lakefield, Minnesota on May 21, 1956

Departed on February 4, 2018 and resided in Denver, Colorado

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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.

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  1. Beth’s death breaks our hearts. Many fun evenings and meals with the ‘gourmet group’. Great memories. Thank you. Pat and Jeff

  2. Lynn Johnson Elliott :

    Lynn Johnson Elliott

    I have had to witness Beth’s struggle from afar and I thank dear friends for keeping me informed. There are so many wonderful memories of her large contribution to this world. Her marriage to Pat was inspirational. Beth will be missed, but she left a huge footprint. As I now reside in New Mexico, I share her love for exceptional food and wonderful culture. Also enjoyed the “gourmet group” Lynn

    • Pat Lippincott :

      Thanks for your reply on the Guestbook, Lynn.
      I am so so sad, yet it is a relief that she is no longer trapped in the body her brain could not communicate with anymore.

      Beth loved NM, and we plan to get to Santa Fe soon. Let me know where you are so I can connect when we drive your way.
      Love always, Pat

  3. Tracy Mullaney :

    Tears of sadness, smiles from remembering ~peace be with you

  4. Thank you for sharing this amazing insight into Beth’s “Living Large Life”! Our heart breaks for Pat …Beth will most certainly be missed. Hugs to all of you, Jan and Rob Typher

    • Pat Lippincott :

      Jan, thanks for your ongoing prayers and support. Beth did not want a Celebration of Life after she was gone, so instead she had us host a
      “Life Well Lived” party in her last month with us. Extraordinary courage to do that.
      We had a wonderful life together, yet so so so many plans cut short.

  5. Susan and I will certainly miss Beth on our almost annual visits to Boulder. We were fortunate enough to share several international travel itineraries with Beth and Pat.

  6. Larry & Vanessa :

    We were so very sad when we heard that Beth had passed away. We all know that death is our worst enemy. In fact the Bible states that. It also tells of a time soon when we will be reunited with our loved ones right here on a paradise earth with no more sickness or death. Pat you may say how can this be. I am sending you a link to a short video that explains how this is possible. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time in your life.

  7. Dean, Lindsay and the Fogerty Crew :

    Beth was always up and ready to go, I know she and Pat had plans to search the world for that next great meal and experience!
    We will all miss her vibe and hope we can be there for Pat as she sorts out life without her best friend and motivator!!

  8. My sincere love goes out to you in this great loss. Beth was funny, your best friend and partner and we enjoyed some terrific Super Bowls when we got together over the years. CU women’s BB games were also fond memories with you two during some of the better talent years under Ceal Barry and others. And, of course, get togethers for dinner with George and Susan Bate were always special whether in Boulder, Denver or Connecticut. She will be missed.

  9. So, so sorry for your loss, Pat. I have fond memories of “Bucky”.

  10. Pat,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your families. A difficult journey ends and a wonderful life gone too soon. Beth was a kind and loving person and may her spirit and loving memories live long in your heart. Sending hugs and strength your way. Peace and comfort to you.

  11. Andrea Osborne :

    So sorry for your loss, Pat. You have some amazing memories together and Beth was such an amazing woman!

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