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  • Bonnie L. Keefe

    Former Durango resident Bonnie L. Keefe died Monday, March 11, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz. She was one month shy of her 89th birthday.

    Mrs. Keefe was born to Ernest and Ellen Nevada Everett on April 16, 1924, in Mutual, Okla.

    She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.

    In 1946, she married Andy Morford in Berkeley. The marriage ended in divorce after 24 years.

    Mrs. Keefe was a grammar-school teacher. She taught in Yuba City, Calif., primarily at Lincoln Elementary School. For the final 15 years of her career, she taught special-education classes.

    In 1971, she married Larry Keefe in Reno, Nev. He preceded her in death in 1986.

    Mrs. Keefe moved to Durango in 2006 and lived here until April 2012.

    In 2006, she married Walter Balfour in Reno.

    She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Durango.

    Mrs. Keefe was an avid bridge player, who also taught bridge. At the time of her death, she was only three gold points away from becoming a bridge life master.

    “She loved the outdoors and nature,” her family said. “She was spirited, adventurous, humorous, generous, loving and kind.”

    Mrs. Keefe is survived by her husband, Walter Balfour, of Mesa; son, Ormond Morford, of Durango; daughters, Penny Neal of Tempe, Ariz., and Wendy Graham of Yuba City; sisters Marge Carpenter of Boise, Idaho, and Nellie Tallifer of Point Arena, Calif.; six stepchildren; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

    Cremation will occur. A memorial service was held Friday, March 15, 2013, in Mesa.