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Shirley Bodaness

shirley_bodanessShirley Bodaness, a beloved member of the Brush, Colo., community, passed away Dec. 14, 2016, in Brush. Rabbi Steven Foster officiated at the Dec. 19 service at Feldman Chapel.

Interment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.

A memorial service was held Dec. 22 at the Brush Masonic Lodge.

Shirley was born Dec. 16, 1931, in Brush to the late Jack and Mary Boxer.

She graduated from the Brush public school in 1950 and attended CU.

Shirley married Larry Bodaness on June 5, 1955, at the HEA. They moved to Brush in 1957.

Larry worked at the Jack Boxer and Sons Feedlot while Shirley stayed home to raise her children. “We were her life,” they said.

In the 1980s, the couple co-owned the Reward Restaurant and owned Culligan Water Conditioning in Fort Morgan with their daughter Marti.

That same decade, Shirley and her daughter Mona Bodaness started Rocky Mountain Flagging, a female-owned business that Shirley remained involved in until her death.

The couple loved to entertain and welcomed people into their home on many occasions such as Passover, Chanukah and July 4.

Shirley was active in the Brush Rodeo for many years. She and Larry were Grand Marshalls for the July 4 Parade in 2013.

Larry Bodaness predeceased his wife.

Shirley was a lifelong Broncos fan who participated in numerous Bronco events, and also was an avid Rockies fan.

She loved traveling to out-of-town football games, as well as bowling, cruises and casinos.

Shirley Bodanass is survived by her children Spencer (Janet) Bodaness of Sterling, daughters Mona Bodaness of Parker, Stacie (the late Clark) Benjamin of Las Vegas, Nev., Marti (Bruce) Taylor of North Carolina, and Joe (Jeff) Bodaness; grandchildren Mistikae Buchanan, Jacklyn Bodaness, Chase Taylor and Branden Bodaness; great-grandchildren Tobius and Cheyanne; and sister-in-law Janet Boxer of Denver.

Contributions may be made to patient transportation fund, El Jebel Shrine, 3443 S. Galena St., #250, Denver, CO 80231.

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