Christine Keefner (1962-2004)

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Former Steamboat Springs resident Christine Keefner died April 4, 2004, of heart failure in Boulder. She was 41.

Christine was born Dec. 1, 1962, in Milwaukee to Fritz and Maureen Keefner.

She attended Steamboat Springs High School and a community college in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Christine was an inspiration and an example of the importance of consideration toward all people. She had a tenacious will to live life to its fullest despite the overwhelming obstacles she faced. Christine's body was permanently disabled and her cognitive mind was severely impaired, but she always fought to craft an independent life with meaning and value to others.

She was very giving and forgiving while never losing hope for better times ahead.

Some of Christine's favorite activities included freestyle skiing with coach Park Smalley and swimming. She was a 1984 graduate of an independent living program and received the Outstanding Volunteer Award in 1986 from the Scottsdale Foundation for the Disabled. She also was a winner of the 1986 Ms. Wheelchair Arizona pageant.

Christine was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joe and Evelyn Keefner, and a grandfather, Jean L. O'Dell.

She is survived by her parents; a sister, Cynthia Maytag of Prescott, Ariz.; a brother, John Keefner of Lafayette; a grandmother, Wilma O'Dell of Boulder and four nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is at 4 p.m. Monday at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boulder.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chris Keefner Scholarship Fund in care of the Center for People with Disabilities, 1675 Range, Boulder, CO 80301. The fund will provide assistance to people who wish to attend the Center for People with Disabilities Independent Living Program.

Call (303) 442-4411.

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