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Edward T. O’Brien
Edward T. O’Brien Jr. passed away in his sleep on Jan. 1.
He was born June 26, 1938 in Denver to Ed Sr. and Florence O’Brien. He went to Garland Country Day School, East High School and University of Colorado, served in the Coast Guard and was past president of Lions Club.
O’Brien followed in his father’s footsteps as an insurance broker with E. T. O’Brien Agency, established in 1932 by Ed Sr., and retired as president of the agency in 2014.
His favorite things were being with his family, having a good conversation and the Denver Broncos.
O’Brien is survived by his wife Danielle, his children Ellen, Edward, Chantal and Kevin, their spouses and seven grandchildren, Patrick, Emma, Ryan, Lily, Teddy, Kenna and Brooklyn.
Services were held Jan. 6 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
Billie Harper Jackson
Long time Cherry Hills and Greenwood Village resident Billie Harper Jackson, passed away Oct. 23, 2017, at the age of 86.
Born April 1, 1931 in Monroe, Louisiana, Billie lived most of her life in Cherry Hills and Greenwood Village, after living in Venezuela, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Casper, Wyo.
She graduated from Sophie Newcomb College (Tulane), was a first grade teacher and later a homemaker. Billie was involved in many charities including Denver Lyric Opera Guild, Lamont School of Music, Sewell Child Development, Kappa Alpha Theta (Denver Alumnae Past President), and the Denver Zoo to name a few.
She was known for her sweet southern charm, generous spirit, love and grace and dedication to her church.
Billie was married to William B. Jackson (deceased) and was a loving mother to Dan (Dawn Fleming) Jackson, Doug (Mary) Jackson, Pauline Jackson, and Alice (Jonathan) Jackson Bush. She was a grandmother to eight grandchildren: Grant, Shea (Derek) Anderson, Anna (Hunter) Holman, Emily, Bridger and Colette Jackson and Liam & Addie Bush & great grandchild Jackson Anderson.
Services will be held Friday, Nov. 10 at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, 10150 E. Belleview Ave. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimers’ Association. For more information visit Fairmountfuneralhome.com.
Randy Mack Wren, 66, born in Denver died on July 10, 2017. Thirty years sober, the Denver native died of a heart attack in the lobby of his apartment building. He was born in Porter Hospital on June 11, 1951 to John E. Wren and Martha Jane (Edwards) Wren.
He grew up in southeast Denver and was educated at University Park Elementary School, Denver Country Day School, and Cherry Creek High School where he graduated in 1969. Wren attended Chapman College in California where he participated in World Campus Afloat which sparked a life-long passion for travel. He’d recently traveled to China and had a trip planned for Russia where he hoped to confirm whether or not the Russians did it.
After working for Frontier Bank, Manna Foods, and a wholesale business he helped launch, he moved to New York City where he studied with Lee Strasberg, and he appeared in off-broadway productions, and was featured in TV and magazine ads. He had many stories about Studio 54 and other New York spots.
Wren returned to Denver when has father was diagnosed with cancer to help his mother. He worked in a variety of restaurants and found a true calling in being a tour guide in Denver. He was a long time member of the Denver Advertising Federation, the Denver Dinosaurs, the Denver Press Club, the Colorado Symphony Guild, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church. He recently joined the Park Hill Tennis Club. Wren was the founder of the Grove Project, the Hallelujah Ball, a benefit for St. John’s Hospice, and Randy Wren Live, a cable television program and a supporter of many causes. He did a lot of volunteer work for various organizations and for friends who needed a ride.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents; his sister-in-law, his brother Jay’s wife, Mary (Kennefick) Wren; his niece and nephew Vickey and Jason Wren, Jay and Mary’s son and daughter; and his friend Fred Baldus, a New York artist.
Survivors include his brothers, Jay Wren of Castle Rock and John Wren of Denver, and his niece Kathleen Jean “Katie” (Wren) Petock and Will Petock, his nephew John Thomas Wren and Meagan Feeley of Denver, nieces Regan (Wren) and Tim Hall of Denver, Brooke (Wren) and Ned Sisan of Katy, Texas, and Allie Wren, and many cousins.
He had many family members and close friends, see some of their photos and memories on Facebook/RememberingRandyWren.
A memorial service and reception will be held Thursday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Andrews Episcopal Church, followed by a graveside ceremony at Crown Hill Park. Contributions may be made to the Colorado Symphony, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, or the Central City Opera.
Adrienne Hayden, a popular socialite and Denver native born in St. Luke’s Hospital on April 28, 1915, passed away on July 12, 2017 in Denver. She was 102. Preceding her in death is her loving husband of 31 years John (Luke) Bern Hayden, brother Captain Ogden Kirkland Stratton, mother Katherine Knight Kirkland Stratton, grandmother Nancy F. Kirkland, aunts Helen A. Dede, Marion K. West, Dorothy K. Morey and father Bruce E. Stratton.
Adrienne graduated from Mount Saint Gertrude’s Academy in Boulder in 1934. She studied one year at Parks School of Business in Denver. In 1941, she was one of the first women in Denver accepted into what became the Women’s Army Corps and rose to Tech Sergeant. She was sent to Shreveport, La. to serve for two years in the WAC recruiting office. Then she transferred to the Eighth Service Command Recruiting office in 1942 until 1946. During the war, she lived in an apartment in the French Quarter of New Orleans serving in the army’s public relations recruiting. She was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal for outstanding service.
In 1946, Adrienne flew to New York City to start her career as an international beauty expert employed until 1960 by Charles of the Ritz cosmetics company at 11 East 58th Street. The company sent her to every state in the U.S. from her base in New York to promote sales of cosmetic products in department stores. In 1951, Adrienne traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to open a cosmetic section in the Harrods and Gath & Chávez department stores. She arranged substantial advertising publicity and trained saleswomen. On the day of the grand opening in September 1951, an unsuccessful military revolt against Juan and Evita Perón postponed the store opening for two weeks.
That same year, she also traveled to London, England to train saleswomen in Harrods department store. She returned to the U.S. and based in an apartment for eight years in Westwood, Los Angeles to travel up and down the coast opening many new stores for Charles of the Ritz. During this time, she also traveled to Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Montana. In 1961, Miss Stratton moved to Denver to marry John B. Hayden, a prominent businessman who owned and operated a food distribution and warehousing business with a partner. Mr. Hayden passed away in 1993.
The Haydens belonged to Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver Club, Garden of the Gods Club and Metropolitan Club. Mrs. Hayden was active in many charities and fundraising functions and loved to entertain. She was grateful to have so many fine, true friends. Memorial services will be held in the Little Ivy Chapel at Fairmount Mortuary at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 20. A reception will follow in the Fairmount Welcome Center. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army – Intermountain Division, 1370 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, 80203, or Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary “BVM”, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003-7991. This order of Catholic Sisters lovingly mentored Adrienne, herself an Episcopalian, at Mt. St. Gertrude’s Academy in Boulder.
On July 1, Dirk William de Roos of Greenwood Village, beloved husband of Joyce de Roos, passed away after a brief illness.
He leaves behind his wife, three children, four grandchildren and his brother: Eldest daughter Gretchen (Richard) Buechsencheutez, their three children, Callan, Adele and Richie of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; daughter Christiane Ketje de Roos of Denver; son Dirk (Heather) de Roos, their son William Tate of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; and brother, Jan de Roos of Omaha, Neb.
Dirk also leaves a legion of friends across the globe that shared in his adventures. He loved the wilderness and had a deep knowledge of history. Dirk combined these loves with humor and wit to make him one of the great raconteurs.
Dirk was born in Sioux City, Iowa. He grew up in Omaha where he was the valedictorian at North High School. Immediately upon graduation, he worked on an archaeological dig with the Smithsonian and was a civil-rights activist in Mississippi.
He attended Dartmouth College, where he met Joyce, his wife of 51 years. After college, Dirk served as a lieutenant in the 214th Field Artillery Division of the Army. He received his law degree from Indiana University and retired from his civil-litigation practice in 2015.
Dirk’s family will hold a private celebration of his life. Those wishing to honor Dirk may make donations to Opera Colorado or Tesoro Cultural Foundation.
Beth Ann (Alger) Rohr, age 54, resident of Steamboat Springs and former resident of Greenwood Village, passed away June 21, 2017 in Steamboat Springs.
Beth Ann (Alger) Rohr
Beth was born in Evanston, Illinois, and raised in Kenilworth Illinois to Bette (Whiteside) Alger and William Hart Alger III.
She graduated from New Trier High School and the University of Iowa.
Beth met the father of her children, Gary Rohr, in college and they moved to Denver to start their family. Beth was devoted to her younger brother and sister Brad Alger and Wendy Kuhna, and her life-long friend, Sally (Gnadinger) Booras. In addition to being a loving and devoted mother and wife, wonderful sister and aunt, Beth enjoyed tennis, card games, reading and skiing. She was spiritual and generous, involved in many church and volunteer activities and devoted her early adult years to teen crisis intervention for Jefferson County.
Beth is survived by her three children, Sarah, Jack and Dylan Rohr, her siblings Brad Alger and Wendy (Alger) Kuhna and their spouses Kate and Scott, and her father Bill Alger and his wife Judith. Also surviving is the father of her children and former spouse, Gary Rohr, her niece and nephews Simon and Nelly Alger and Henry and Charlie Kuhna , and Anna Rohr.
She was preceded in death by her mother Bette Alger.
Beth was adored by her step nephews Jim, Ryan, and Sean Hare, her aunts and uncle, cousins and their families, godchildren and her many friends.
Funeral services took place Wednesday, June 28 at 2 p.m. at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6601 S. Colorado Blvd., Centennial.
Services for Natalie Sue Miller of Denver were held at the BMH/BJ Congregation with interment at Mt. Nebo Cemetery.
Sue is the wife of Carol Cohen and the late Alan S. Miller and the late Alan “Skip” Sigman. She is the mother of Robert L. (Ivy) Miller, Leslie B. (Andy) Heins, and David O. (Gail) Miller, grandmother of Joshua (Manya) Miller, Jeffrey (Risa) Miller, Nathan (Tara) Williams, Jeremy Williams, Tara, Alana, and Zach Miller. Great grandmother of Kayden & Kymber.
Contributions can be made to The Sue Miller Day of Caring, 3700 Quebec St., Denver, 80207, dayofcaringcolorado.org.
Doris Beck Southworth
Doris Beck Southworth of Denver died Saturday, May 13.
Born in Louisville, Ky., the youngest of four children, where she lived and was educated until 1948.
She met Frank on a blind date after graduating from the University of Kentucky. They married a year later, moving to New England, where their son, Glenn, was born in 1952.
A company transfer to Denver in 1955 was happily accepted as Frank was a Denver native with many relatives there. Two years later Glenn died at the age of five of leukemia. Their daughter Nancy was born in 1960 and son Scott in 1963.
Twenty years of Frank’s political career followed with her support. She was a Republican volunteer, president of Cancer League of Colorado, where the CLC Foundation and Memorial Garden were instituted in her term of 1995-1996. She was a Kentucky Colonel, a real estate broker with Southworth & Co., president of Chapt. EO, PEO, a member of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, University of Denver Library Association, Panhellenic Scholarship chairman, Bal de Ballet Guild, nominated for Panhellenic “Woman of the Year” in 1989 and 19990, CARE, Gathering Place, and seven-year volunteer for The International Golf Tournament. Doris loved to cook, art, play tennis, bridge, travel, taught swimming and loved the beach.
She is predeceased by her loving husband of 67 years. Frank passed away Feb. 23, 2016. Doris is survived by her daughter Nancy Puckertt (Jeffrey), son Scott (Suzie), grandson Chase Puckett, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to Cancer League of Colorado or Dumb Friends League.
Services were May 24, at 11 a.m. at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, 10150 E. Belleview Ave. in Centennial.
A reception at Cherry Hills Country Club was held at 12:30 p.m. following the services
Private inurnment of cremains at Fairmount Cemetery.
The family expresses gratitude to Balfour at Riverfront Park and to Denver Hospice for the loving care provided to Doris.
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