Beatrice Lucero Duran

Longtime resident of Ignacio, Beatrice Lucero Duran died Saturday, March 17, 2012, in Ignacio. She was 76.

She was born April 18, 1935, in Montrose to Julio and Margaret Lucero.

Mrs. Duran grew up in Ignacio and met Chris Duran while in the eighth grade. They were married July 29, 1951, in Ouray.

Mr. Duran worked in the mines in Telluride while Mrs. Duran worked as a waitress in the area.

In 1961, Mrs. Duran and her family moved to San Diego.

They moved back to Ignacio in 1994, and Mrs. Duran worked as a bookkeeper in her husband’s construction business, Duran’s Construction.

Mrs. Duran was a longtime member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Ignacio.

She enjoyed camping, gardening, ceramics, weaving, crocheting and dancing. Mrs. Duran also taught herself to play the piano and organ.

Mrs. Duran will be remembered for her great sense of humor, and “she was an excellent cook,” her family said.

Mrs. Duran is survived by her husband of 61 years, Chris Duran, of Ignacio; her children Sharon Quevedo of San Jose, Calif., Becky Varano of Boulder Creek, Calif., Debbie Pate of Patterson, Calif., and Marcella Mitobe of Los Gatos, Calif.; brother, Paul Lucero, of San Jose, Calif., and half-brother, Adolph Lucero, of Salt Lake City, Utah; seven grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

A cremation will occur. A private memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012, for immediate family only. Online condolences may be expressed at