Mary Cook-Duarte (Leadville)

Born: Mon., Sep. 1, 1947
Died: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sun., Feb. 10, 2019
Location: Bailey-Kent Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Feb. 10, 2019
Location: Bailey-Kent Funeral Home

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Mary Lee Cook-Duarte, 71 of Leadville, Colorado passed away February 6, 2018 in Canon City, CO.

She was born on September 1, 1947 in Chippewa Falls, WI to Howard and Dorothy Cook.

She attended the University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire where she earned a degree in Library Science and a minor in Spanish.

She moved to Leadville with her family in 1980 and later married Max Duarte on November 27, 1986.
She worked at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville where she was the Bookstore Manager until her retirement in 2008.

Mary enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, gardening, traveling, spending time with family and friends. She was always ready for a good joke and a good cup of coffee. She will always be remembered for saying "Uff Da" and "You Betcha" in addition to a kind word and gentle hug.

She is survived by her Husband Max Duarte, daughters Jessica (Jeff) Steele of Vernal, UT,  Jennifer Duarte(Dennis Alps) of Brighton, CO.  and Son Scott (Kim)Clifton of Canon City, CO. Grand children Jimmy and Chelsea of Vernal UT, Danika Alps of Brighton, CO and Matthew and Makaela Clifton of Canon City, CO
She was proceeded in death by her parents, son Mike Duarte, and granddaughter Kendra Clifton.

n lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name at the Leadville/Lake County Animal Shelter or the Lake County Meals on Wheels.

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Barb Brink
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was such a kind and caring person. My deepest sympathy to Max and her children. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. 🙏

Monica (Fabian) Baker
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family. Max and Jessica, my prayers are with you. Mary was a great lady and I'm truly blessed to have known her. She will be greatly missed.

Corinna Tafoya
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
Mary was such a strong courageous woman. I learned a lot from on here. Sending prayers to Jessica and Max.m

Gloria Gonzales
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
My deepest condolences to Max and the family. Mary was such a great person. If there is any thing I can do please let me know.

Virginia Romero-Gonzales
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
Sad to lose such a wonderful Aunt. You championed me when I became a comedian and were always such a sweet spirit. You will be missed.

Beth Tafoya Muller
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
My deepest prayers and condolence to Max, Jessica, Jen. I had the best time working with Mary at CMC and she was a great friend. Her and Max helped me when I moved out East. She was a very strong and determined woman. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. The angels are welcoming a new member to the family and she will give them a run for their money.

Janine and Jim Weitzel
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
Sorry to hear about your loss. Mary was a sweet lady.

Veronica villanueva
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019

RAY OF SUNSHINE was sent by Paul Hanna Black Hills (PAGS) family.

Scott and Kim, our deepest sympathy to you and your family, for this great loss of Mary.

Pat and Melinda (Reid) Mahoney
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about Mary Lee's passing. I talked to her last November and it was so good to hear from her. She caught me up on just what you kids were up to!

Dee Roe
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
So sorry to hear that Mary has died. It will be a loss to many, but Mary will be free from pain, and that is a blessing. Condolences to Max. Dee Roe, Sarasota, Fl.

Nan Reid- Jordahl
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
So saddened to hear of Mary Lee's death. Remembering all of those great times at Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls WI, the visits and trips out West- especially Estes park Co. We lost track of families over the years and with moves. My dad and Mary Lee's mother were brother and sister. I also have some stories about UWEC where cousins were at the same school at the same time in 9


I am so sorry to hear about Mary Lee's death but am remembering the great times at Lake Wissota with our "Reid" family. Am also remembering a very special trip to Estes Park Co.and Dorothy's infamous daily doses of mineral oil. Also have some stories and memories of my freshman year at UWEC with cousins as co-eds. We have lost touch over the years but memories will be cherished


   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
So sorry that she is longer here to love and enjoy. Also happy she is with her Mom and Grandaughter without any pain or problems. May she rest in peace from a live well LOVED


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