Barbara Galoob and Belinda Biddle surround their mom with Nancy Bugbee
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Nancy Markham Bugbee and I had a grand time planning a whimsical and fun birthday luncheon for our dear friend LaFawn Biddle. Nancy knew a few (actually many) of LaFawn’s favorite dishes including salads, pasta, a sweet potato treat and much more and created a variety of choices – forming a sumptuous buffet. The celebration was held at Institute for life and Care (ILC), the nonprofit Nancy and LaFawn co-founded with founding partner Rhonda Moore Hertel.
In the ILC Founders Room – Back Row: Founding partner Rhonda Moore Hertel, co-founder Nancy Markham Bugbee, Brenda Olson, Linda Holloway, Arlene Mohler Johnson, Sr. Lydia Pena and Doug Tisdale who, when he was mayor of Cherry Hills Village, proclaimed her birthday in 2015 as “LaFawn Biddle Day.”Front Row: Abbe Mitchell, Woman of Hour LaFawn and her daughters Belinda Biddle and Barbara Galoob and Lee Sanders who has been LaFawn’s friend since they were in their 20s.
The suite in Greenwood Village was decorated in teal (LaFawn’s signature color) and shades of lavender (her second favorite color). The centerpiece cake held a row of nine candles and a row of four. The large numeral 1 topped the smallest tier because she is No. 1 in the hearts of her friends. Never at a loss for words or humor, LaFawn quipped: “That’s because this is the first time I’ve been 94!” Appropriately, the always smiling angel, who has given so much to so many, wanted to send each guest with a parting gift – one of her favorite poems, suitable for framing that she personally signed called Happiness. She is described by many who know her as having an attitude of gratitude.
The dessert table included a luscious chocolate lover’s cake for LaFawn
In addition to lunch and a toast, her friends were invited to visit her personal collection of photos, books, awards, art and mementos of a lifetime of achievements in the Founders Room named for LaFawn, Nancy and Rhonda. A beautiful portrait of LaFawn and her late husband oilman Dusty in their Cherry Hills Village home also graces the room. They moved to Colorado in 1954 and quickly began exploring ways to be of service to their new community. (She had a 10-year career in radio broadcasting in Texas.) Because of love and devotion to her daughters Barbara and Belinda, who were both hearing impaired, she used that as a springboard for awareness and revolutionizing the field of hearing impaired.
LC’s Kate Hoffman and Kate Linhart with the birthday queen
For over 60 years she has had an interest in health care and through her contributions in community and civic organizations has garnered cases and walls of plaques and trophies. There’s hardly a year that she hasn’t received a high -profile recognition or an award. She has been honored by Arapahoe House, Colorado Neurological Institute (twice), Girls Scouts, Sertoma, CU Health Sciences, Invisible Disabilities Association and Bessie’s Hope – just to name a few! She is still active in Friends of Nursing, Denver Ballet Guild, Cherry Creek Republican Women and for many years Director’s Society of DCPA. Other milestones include president of Ladies of the Petroleum Club (twice) and the first layperson to chair the board of directors at St. Mary’s Academy. Of course, she was a Villager Woman of the Year! The talented and accomplished leader and philanthropist is an admired and respected role model in numerous circles. She has created and led an extraordinary life with diverse interests. She looks decades younger than her years and with all that energy, wit and easy smile, you’d never guess she was her age.
Cheers to more happy parties, LaFawn the birthday queen. It’s an honor to be in your presence.
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