Karen Sue (Brennan) Stinn

Former Durango resident Karen Sue (Brennan) Stinn died from injuries suffered in a helicopter crash Saturday, June 30, 2012, near Camp Verde, Ariz. She was 68. Her friends and former Durangoans Mike and Linda Dunaway were also killed in the crash.

The oldest child of William James and Evelyn Eva (Swanemyr) Brennan, she was born March 28, 1944, in Durango. Ms. Stinn graduated from Durango High School in 1962 and went on to study dental science at the University of California at Los Angeles, before moving to Albuquerque, Santa Maria, Calif., and Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ms. Stinn’s professional accomplishments included managing several dental practices; being the first woman to sell cars for Rich Ford, one of Albuquerque’s biggest car dealers; co-founding a Scottsdale jewelry store; and becoming a Realtor of premier properties in the Phoenix Valley, her family said.

Ms. Stinn was an avid collector of Southwestern and traditional Mexican art. Her family said she had a particular knack for home decorating, which all her friends admired greatly.

“Mom’s zest for life, unyielding sense of style, compassion for others and witty sense of humor were among her best attributes,” her sons said. “Although she’s physically gone, we shall always carry her memory with us, ever reminded of her love and wisdom.”

Ms. Stinn is survived by her sons Richard Dean “Dino” Bonaventura and Josh Ryan Stinn of Los Angeles; brother, James Casey Brennan, of Shady Side, Md.; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012, at St. Columba Catholic Church, 1830 East Second Ave. The Rev. Douglas Hunt will be the celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.