Colorado native Jeanne Ann Dulaney was born in Golden to Lauren and Margie Dulaney on June 27, 1938. She passed away on March 3 in Denver, Colo.
Jeanne loved the many adventures she shared growing up with her sisters and brothers in the Golden area. She attended and graduated from Idaho Springs High School where she received numerous academic awards and excelled in band and theater. After graduation, she was the runner up for the Miss Universe pageant for Colorado, and shortly thereafter, she enrolled at Western State College and majored in music. Her love of music and the arts flourished at WSC where she became proficient at playing six different instruments and she developed a broad and varied taste for many different art mediums.
While attending WSC she met and married Bill Rhodes. Their union was blessed with three children, Denai Rinn Robbins (Matt), William Shaun Rhodes, and Debra Linn Weigel (Bob). Jeanne worked as an executive secretary for the U.S. Forest Service, a legal secretary for Charles Alexander, and spent many years at the Gunnison Bank and Trust Company. In her “spare” time, she worked alongside Bill as they built and maintained several rental properties, developed their gold mining claims, all while she continued to write and explore her love of music and the arts.
She was known to go from working the mine and construction sites by day, and then transform into the belle of the ball at that night’s dance.
“Grandma” Jeanne enjoyed spending time with her five grandchildren and she loved introducing them to new words and worlds as they chowed down on her “best ever” cinnamon toast. Her sense of humor and boundless spirit kept them well entertained.
Jeanne purchased a home in Moffat, Colo., where she spent her last six-plus years. She loved the small town atmosphere and volunteering at the local food pantry. By day, she kept her computer and printer humming with activity while researching her many interests, where It seemed her spirit and soul would travel and explore the world. As evening approached, she cherished taking country drives with her son Shaun to check out all of her “critters”, and a couple of times she did so from the back of his Harley.
Jeanne is survived by her three children, her five grandchildren: Mandy Harris, Nicole Ottmer, Matt Robbins, Travis Weigel and Becky Weigel; and five great-grandchildren: Ashlynd, Miles, Kaleb, Emerson, and Evie. She is also survived by sisters Darline Kaspari, Laureen Persson, Carol Dulaney, Enid Colson, and brothers Leif Colson and Kevin Colson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Jeanne’s life will take place when the grass is green, the wild flowers are blooming, and the birds are singing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any contributions to be given to your local food bank or the Free Spirit Christian Church, Moffat Food Pantry, P.O. Box 402, Moffat, Colo., 81143.