Mary Rae Danford (1936-2006)
October 30, 2006
Former Steamboat Springs resident Mary Rae Danford died Oct. 21, 2006, at her home. She was 70.
Mary was born “lucky” on Friday the 13th in April 1936. She was a Wyomingite by birth, a Texan and Californian by circumstance and a Coloradan by choice.
Mary was happiest when she was busy, and she was always busy either working hard or playing hard.
A positive thinker, she had a knack for finding solutions to a variety of situations or problems. She loved the outdoors and the beauty of the world. When not tinkering in her yard, she would take off and camp in the high country or head out to enjoy any kind of outdoor adventure. She also had a passion for sketching wildlife, embroidery and crossword puzzles.
Her home came alive at Christmas, and no surface indoors or out was neglected for decoration in celebration of the season. Reports of housecats decked in tinsel or ribbon were not an exaggeration.
Her natural gift for easy conversation enabled her to make a friend for life in an instant. In her presence, one never remained a stranger long. For a period of time, she was known to many weary, late-night travelers or revelers as the lady with the warm smile and hot coffee at the Holiday Inn’s restaurant in Steamboat Springs.
For nearly a decade she was very involved in the rodeo and roping events throughout Northwest Colorado.
Her natural talents and skills as a graphic artist were what helped her become the production manager for the Steamboat Pilot for many years. Most recently, as the friendly reservationist, it was her helpful and patient demeanor that assisted in filling the passenger baskets of the many hot air balloons that have floated over Steamboat and the Yampa Valley for the past 13 years.
Mary is survived by her dad, Bill Reynolds; sister, Dorothy Epling; daughters, Debbie Jacobs, Sherrye Starcke and Karen Danford; and five grandchildren, Gina, Joe, Raellen, Rowan and Alexander.
At her request, no memorial service will be held at this time. In summer 2007, family and friends will be invited to North Park. At that time they will celebrate her life and rejoin her remains with her spirit, which is already soaring over the mountain peaks.