Harriet Lynch

Bayfield area resident Harriet Lynch died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center. She was 77.

Mrs. Lynch was born to Dee and Eunice Pottinger on April 26, 1935, during a blizzard on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. She grew up in Elbert and Denver and went to college at Phillips University in Enid, Okla.

On Aug. 30, 1972, she married Jay Lynch near Boulder. They moved to their land near Bayfield in 1976.

Besides gardening and raising dairy goats in her earlier years, Mrs. Lynch participated with family members as vendors at Renaissance fairs in Colorado, Arizona, Ohio, North Carolina and New Mexico.

“Harriet was always ready to help someone who was going through hard times,” her family said. “At large Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings of this extended family, Harriet was known to give thanks for these dear ones and to ask the Creator, ‘Please help us to be good people.’”

Many people who stayed with the Lynches at one time or another became longtime dear friends.

Mrs. Lynch is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jay Lynch of Bayfield; daughters Beth Vance of Bayfield and Lynn Percell of Missouri; sons Blake Armstrong of Bayfield and Xan Lynch of Denver; stepson Bryan Lynch of Virginia; six grandchildren; two stepgranddaughters; one great-granddaughter; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, on the family land southeast of Bayfield at 4588 County Road 523.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse, P.O. Box 2107, Durango, CO 81302.