Former Durango resident Helen Patricia Bowman Haley died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Denver. She was 86.
Mrs. Haley was born to Samuel and Fanny Bowman on March 13, 1926, in Council Grove, Kan. She was one of five daughters. Her family moved to the San Miguel Basin when she was 2. When she was 11, they settled in Norwood. Mrs. Haley graduated from Norwood High School in 1943.
After graduation, she moved to Denver and worked as a waitress at the diner counter of Marcos Drug. During World War II, Mrs. Haley was a dental assistant at Buckley Field and Lowry Army Air Corps Base, until she was laid off in October 1945 after the war’s end.
On Dec. 22, 1945, she married Neil Jordan Haley in Anacortes, Wash., while he was in the Navy. They eventually moved back to Norwood, where Mrs. Haley was a waitress at the Lone Cone Café.
The Haley family lived in several different towns in Colorado, moving to Denver in 1955, when they lived until 1962. Mr. Haley transferred with the Colorado State Patrol to Durango at that time, and the Haleys lived here until 1967, when they returned to their home in Denver. While in Durango, Mrs. Haley was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she taught primary.
In 2011, after suffering a slight stroke, Mrs. Haley went to live with her daughter Cheryl Wilmer in Aurora.
Mrs. Haley was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Neil Haley.
She is survived by her children Cheryl Wilmer of Aurora, Debra Lochrie and Scott Haley, both of Westminster, and Brent Haley of Northglenn; sisters Kay Edwards of Colorado Springs and Joan Faber of Eugene, Ore.; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at the Elmwood Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1951 Elmwood Lane in Denver.