Bliss Bruen, longtime community organizer and visionary, dies at 74

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Bliss Bruen, longtime community organizer and visionary, dies at 74

Durangoan worked to improve, connect people in Southwest Colorado
Bliss Bruen, a tireless community organizer in Durango, died Tuesday after a brief battle with cancer.
Bliss Bruen welcomes the audience during Rocky Mountain PBS’ screening of “Ladies of the Mines” documentary at Fort Lewis College in 2016. Bruen died Tuesday at her home in Durango. She was 74.
Bliss Bruen had an enthusiasm and dedication as a volunteer for Rocky Mountain PBS that her colleagues say will be difficult to replace. Bruen, center, works at Carver Brewing Co. in 2017 with Alex Forsett, Western Colorado regional director, and Carol Fleisher, producer-in-residence at the Durango Regional Innovation Center at Fort Lewis College.
Bliss Bruen, a volunteer media strategist for Rocky Mountain PBS, welcomes a crowd to a screening of Fort Lewis College student-made film “Duranium” at the Powerhouse Science Center in October 2017.
Bliss Bruen, center, and Fort Lewis College assistant professor of English Stacey Sotosky, right, work with FLC students at the Powerhouse Science Center in October 2017.
Bliss Bruen

Helen Elizabeth “Bliss” Bruen was born Oct. 28, 1943, in Washington, D.C. Bruen married Steve Gilford in 1973 and the couple had two sons, David and Sam. The marriage later ended in divorce.
In the late 1980s, Bruen married Jim Judge. Bruen is survived by her husband, Jim, of Durango; brother, Jim Bruen of San Francisco; sons, David Gilford of New York City and Sam Gilford of Washington, D.C.; and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for October. Details will be forthcoming.

Bliss Bruen, longtime community organizer and visionary, dies at 74

Bliss Bruen, a tireless community organizer in Durango, died Tuesday after a brief battle with cancer.
Bliss Bruen welcomes the audience during Rocky Mountain PBS’ screening of “Ladies of the Mines” documentary at Fort Lewis College in 2016. Bruen died Tuesday at her home in Durango. She was 74.
Bliss Bruen had an enthusiasm and dedication as a volunteer for Rocky Mountain PBS that her colleagues say will be difficult to replace. Bruen, center, works at Carver Brewing Co. in 2017 with Alex Forsett, Western Colorado regional director, and Carol Fleisher, producer-in-residence at the Durango Regional Innovation Center at Fort Lewis College.
Bliss Bruen, a volunteer media strategist for Rocky Mountain PBS, welcomes a crowd to a screening of Fort Lewis College student-made film “Duranium” at the Powerhouse Science Center in October 2017.
Bliss Bruen, center, and Fort Lewis College assistant professor of English Stacey Sotosky, right, work with FLC students at the Powerhouse Science Center in October 2017.

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