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Dorothy Borgeson died peacefully on June 3 in Kremmling Memorial Hospital
surrounded by the love of friends, colleagues, and family. She was born Dorothy Mae Henry in Denver to Rose E. Haffner and Ray G. Henry on April 10, 1918. Her love of the mountains was fostered during her childhood summers spent at the homestead cabin outside Granby that her father had purchased in 1935. After graduating from Lakewood High School, she attended Denver University during which time she was on the swim team, played basketball, and regularly skied down Berthoud Pass. While at DU she met and married Carl Borgeson. They had 3 children to whom they passed on their love and appreciation for all that these mountains offered. When Carl died in 1961 she returned to college to get her degree and then went to work at Denver General Hospital as a Medical Technologist. She later married her dear friend Robert DeLaney. They moved to Granby in 1974 and built a house near the old homestead cabin. Dorothy continued her career at Kremmling Memorial Hospital from which she reluctantly retired for the last time at age 80. She loved to travel, whether by car, train, boat or plane, and was constantly on the prowl for the next good book. She was one of the founding members of the "Timberline Tramps" headed by Paul Gilbert. What started as flower walks ended up as weekly hikes to the high country. She loved seeing Grand County and beyond from the top of the Continental Divide. She continued hiking into her eighties. Until the very end she could be seen out walking the dogs, shoveling her deck, and bringing in wood for her cook stove. Her positive approach to life, her humor, her loyalty and her strong values made her popular with young and old alike. She will be long remembered and deeply missed by those she left behind, namely her dear friends and her beloved family: sister-Rae Irene Enders, daughters-Carlene Decker (Ted) and Linda Borgeson, sons-Gary Borgeson (Judy) and Tighe DeLaney (Sandie), nephews-Greg and Mike Enders, grandchildren-Lisa Decker (Joe),Chris Decker, Jaime Borgeson Beatty (Matt), Nick Borgeson, Robert DeLaney (Lorri), Cyndi DeLaney, Shelley Stuerke (John), Kelley Kurtzman (Jeff), and many great grandchildren.
After a short but valiant and hard fought battle, she succumbed to complications from congestive heart failure. Her premature death at age 93 was considered by her (in her own words) "such a bummer". All who knew her concur.
Saturday, August 13th, 2011 11:00am, Circle H Ranch
I dogsat on a regular basis for Dorthy when I was in middle school. Her and her dog, Frodo, became an extended part of our family for several years. She had so much faith and confidence in me as a dog sitter and paid me very well. I will never forget her and her loving mannerism.
Amanda Aug 11 2011 12:00 AM
Understanding sympathy is sent your way. I know how difficult it is to lose a mom. I know she will be missed by many.
Pam Fox Jul 16 2011 12:00 AM
Dorothy and I met only a few years ago, but became very good friends. She was so kind to me on the wonderful cruise that we all enjoyed. I remember one time we all went ashore for an excursion, and I found a local saloon. Dorothy joined me while everyone else did the tourist thing. We had a great chit chat for about an hour; and, I often think about that conversation. She will be missed. Sincerely, Joel Taylor
Joel Jun 27 2011 12:00 AM
When I think of B there's not 1 specific memory. B was the mountains. She brought our family together. She was the vacation we all looked forward to. She brought my sister and me closer, literally, as we lay down in the back seat and kicked each other maneuvering for leg space. It took just under 3 Scoobie Doo's to get to B's house. The last Scoobie Doo passing in anticipation as we turned onto the dirt road (woke up) rolled down the windows to check the creek, looked for marmots and arrived at the house (the smell of the mountains will always remind me of her). B, on the deck, waving as we pulled in. I got the lower bunk by the hot tub, Chris on the top, I wake up, smack my head on the board as I sit up, and pass back out. "Try using the other bed," B says. The funniest night I ever spent in that room was when she had purchased the spider chirpers. I woke up at 2, twitching in time to the chirps, and couldn't stop for a few minutes until I ripped the thing out of the wall. "Don't forget to turn off the bug detractor," she always reminded me. What I'll always remember about B is the things she taught me. Respect for nature, the beauty in little things (a porcupine needle stuck in the swings), patience ("What do you see in the picture?" blank, blank, blank, a bunch of black n white Aspens. "Try looking at it as a whole instead of focusing on one thing." Indian Eagle Eagle Eagle). I miss her. But I see her in her children's eyes. The thing I'll remember most about B is her eyes. They had a twinkle about them whenever she first saw us pull up, whenever you talked to her about something that made you happy (her eyes twinkled because she was happy you were happy). Every now and then I see that twinkle in my Dad's and Aunts' eyes (if I ever tear up in front of you it's because I see a bit of her). B was humming birds, grey jays and honey bread, Hobbit dogs, 14ers, waterfalls on hikes, swings, breakfast (early or late), sports fan, matriarch, a destination always worth the reaching. I know she can read my thoughts and that her eyes are twinkling down on me. I love you B, and I'll see you again one day.
Nick Borgeson Jun 24 2011 12:00 AM
Her full Hawaiian name was Tsunami Mommy, and what a glorious trip that was!
Linda Borgeson Jun 21 2011 12:00 AM
I worked with Dorothy at KMH from 1979-1990 She was a wonderful person always so full of energy who enjoyed life. She will be missed but remembered fondly.
Michelle Murphy Wood Jun 21 2011 12:00 AM
One of my most endearing and memorable times that I can remember spending with GDITM (Grandma Dorothy in the Mountains) is when I was just 9 years old. She took me night- skiing with her on her property at mid-night in the moonlight. It was just her and me and the moonlight. I remember having so much fun being out with her enjoying my surroundings and feeling safe in her presence, as I would have never wanted to be out in the dark mountains alone at that age, especially with the wolves howling all around us. She has since then instilled a love of nature in me, an appreciation of being in the mountains and an awareness of the beauty of Grand County and people in general. Her upbeat, always positive, and optimistic attitude will continue to be an inspiration to me. The last memory I have of her is one when she was in rehab down in Denver towards the end of her life. I stopped by to see her one day, and she proudly took me on a tour of the place, introducing me to all of her *new* friends as her grandson ~ which meant the world to me. We then played Bowling on the wii, and to my absolute surprise, she whooped my socks off. In fact, it caused me to go home and practice, so that when we came up this summer, I could beat her, but unfortunately I will now never have the chance for a rematch. It was a privilege knowing her, spending time with her, and regularly taking trips to Granby with my wife and kids for long weekend visits. I am thankful they, too, were incredibly blessed to get to know her. She was always supportive and had an encouraging word for each one of us regularly. I will never forget her fresh baked bread, my son, Zachery, will never forget her delicious Beef Stew, my daughter, Jaime, will never forget her yummy popcorn and endless hours of game playing, and my wife, Lorri, will never forget the many long walks and talks she had with GDITM. We loved her dearly and will miss her terribly.
Robert DeLaney & Family Jun 20 2011 12:00 AM
I was exhausted! We were "hiking" along the ocean in Hana. The only problem was that the steps ahead were all on black sharp lava rock. Guess who was the leader! Yes, Dorothy just kept on going! She later received her Hawaiian name, Tsunami
Barbara Ewart Jun 18 2011 12:00 AM
Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dorothy. Our lives are much richer for having known her and the Henry family. As neighbors of Fran and now Patsy we were updated concerning the family trips and activities in the mountains. We enjoyed talking to Dorothy when she was in Lakewood and loved her smile, positive attitude and zest for adventure. What a pleasure it is knowing all of the strong willed Henry women and their respective families. Fondly, Cookie Barron and Kaye Garms
Alice "Cookie" Barron Jun 15 2011 12:00 AM