Almeda Jean Duroux
Almeda Jean Duroux passed away on Dec. 19, 2009 in Carbondale. She was 85.
She was born in a ranch house on Hooks Spur near Basalt on June 21, 1924 to Rosina Tisseur and John Letey, immigrants from Aosta, Italy.
She attended Emma School and then graduated from Basalt Union High School in 1941. She married Rene Joseph Duroux on May 31, 1941 in Moab, Utah.
Rene and Almeda owned a ranch in Woody Creek, Fruita and then lived on a small acreage on Willits Lane in Basalt. Following Rene’s death on Sept. 9, 1981, Almeda remained in the Basalt area until she moved to Carbondale Senior Housing in 2003.
Almeda was a member of St. Vincent Catholic Church, an officer and member of the Rosary and Altar Society in Basalt. She was one of the organizing members of the Basalt/Mid Valley Senior Program, was a representative of Skyline Six and Regional Advisory Council for Eagle County for 10 years. Almeda was recognized for her volunteerism in 1995 as Eagle County Senior of the Year. She was devoted to this nutritional senior program and was the twice a week official bingo caller for years.
Almeda was active in Homemakers Club, 4-H Club volunteer and she assisted with her daughter, Betty’s Happy Time School in Glenwood Springs.
Almeda enjoyed her family and their activities, gardening, cooking, attending to her small flock of sheep, reading, and traveling throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Rene; brothers, Al and Leo Letey and sister, Adeline Whiteley Anderson.
Almeda is survived by her children, Betty Rose Duroux of Glenwood Springs; Marlyn (David) Williams of Klamath Falls, Ore.; Leroy (Janice) Duroux of Basalt, Gerald Duroux and Mary Story of Palisade, Roger (Abbie) Duroux of Woodland Park, Daniel (Susan) Duroux of Columbia, S.C.; sister, Rose (O.T.) Asbury of Centennial; brother, John (Sonia) Letey, Jr. of Riverside, Calif.; sisters-in-law Katherine Letey and Margaret Letey of Grand Junction; Eleven grandchildren: Twina Palardy, Dirk Williams, Dalyn Aipperspach, Tonja Bailey, Amy and Rob French, Darren Duroux, Andrea and Alyssa Duroux, Eric and Mark Duroux and six great-grandchildren: Kyle Williams, Chandelle and Tyler Palardy, Skyler Bateman, Paul Manusak and Brilyn Aipperspach; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and Carbondale Crystal Meadows neighbors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Mountain Valley Development Services, 700 Mt. Sopris Drive, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or Mid Valley Senior Program, P.O. Box 444, Basalt, CO.
Viewing will be held Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 from 3-7 p.m. at Farnum Holt Funeral Home Chapel in Glenwood Springs, with Rosary starting at 7 p.m.
A Mass will be held at St. Vincent Catholic Church in downtown Basalt at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009 with burial at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs at 3 p.m.
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