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Mother of John Denver dies

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Aspen, CO Colorado
Dreux DeMackErma Louise Deutschendorf Davis, mother of John Denver, died Jan. 17.
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AURORA, Colo. – Erma Louise Deutschendorf Davis, the mother of the late singer/Aspenite John Denver, died Sunday at Aurora South Hospital. She was 87.

Windstar Foundation in Old Snowmass, the nonprofit, environmental education organization that Denver helped found, sent out an e-mail Wednesday announcing her death.

Deutschendorf died after several months of illness, according to Windstar. She was born in 1922 in Beggs, Okla. As recently as last fall’s annual commemorative events in Aspen to remember John Denver, his mother celebrated his life with friends, family and fans. Ron Deutschendorf, Denver’s brother and Windstar Foundation president, and other family members were with Deutschendorf much of the time after she became ill.

John Denver died Oct. 12, 1997 in a plane crash off the coast of California. He was alone, piloting the aircraft.

The family requests donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to The Windstar Foundation at http://www.wstar.org. Donations in her memory may also be sent to The Windstar Foundation; c/o 4955 Ramblewood Drive; Colorado Springs, Colo. 80920.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. each day at Newcomer Funeral Home, 190 N. Potomoc in Aurora.

The public is invited to a memorial service Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 11373 E. Alameda Ave., in Aurora.

Windstar, founded in 1976, promotes a holistic approach to addressing environmental concerns.


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