Patricia Ann (Erps) Bon Durant, born Nov. 20, 1939 in Silver Cliff, Colo., passed away Oct., 13, 2013. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Fritz and Marie Erps; brother, Fritz Erps Jr.; in-laws, Kenneth and Bertha Bon Durant; sister-in-law, Alberta Bon Durant; brothers-in-law, Byron Millington and Jack Mitchell. Survived by her husband of 53 years, Carol 'C.E.' Bon Durant; children, Michael (Sheila Parker) Bon Durant, Brenda (Terry) Scheid, Pam (Kent) Ervin, Audrey (Mike) Smidt; sister, Marilyn Millington; grandchildren, Clayton (Maria) Bon Durant, Donny, (Tracy) Scheid, Cody (Rikki) Scheid, Dusty Scheid, Jayme and Jayce Ervin, Kaeli (Dave) Niedbalski and Amanda Smidt; great-grandsons, Wyatt and Chase Scheid; sisters-in-law, Harriett (Larry) Grim and Lila Mitchell; multiple nieces, nephews and cousins. Patricia was a gifted musician, when she heard a song on the radio she could go to the piano and play that song without missing a beat. Patricia was a private music teacher for many years teaching students the piano and accordion. We will miss her boogie woogie tunes on the piano. God has another great musician in heaven. Patricia raised four children on the family farm for many years. She went to work as a telephone operator for Mountain Bell, retired from AT & T in July of 1998. Patricia enjoyed the company of her many 'ma bell' friends and shared many great tales of their years of working together. Thanks ladies for keeping in touch with our MOM during her past few years. Patricia's final wishes were no viewing and no service. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pueblo Animal Shelter or Sangre de Cristo Hospice. The family thanks Pat's caregivers, Liz, Jody and Jolene for their TLC care. A special thanks to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice staff. Patricia's favorite places were near the area of Rainbow Lake where she spent one summer with her father. Mom said, 'I'll never forget the beauty of nature and peace I found in the mountains, the beaver, deer, foxes and the happiness all of this gave me as a child. I would like my children to go to this area someday, so they can see my happiness!' Family and friends are welcome to drop by the family farm on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Patricia was my classmate. I am very sad she has left this world but I know she is happy in paradise.She the queen of our senior class. We loved you Pat.

  2. My friend Patricia

    I’m not sure when Patricia and I
    actually met. Her mother, Marie worked at Canda’s grocery and played the piano
    for Westcliffe dances. She could play up a storm, and I thought it was wonderful.

    My parents owned Min’s caf� on Main Street in
    Westcliffe. Sometimes Patricia would spend the night with me. That was what we
    called sleepovers. Sometimes I’d go up to Silver Cliff and stay there over
    night. I loved her family and again, her music and her mom’s was incredible. Didn’t
    Marilyn play too? At the time, the Erps family had the oldest music player I
    ever saw.

    When I moved to Los Alamos, New
    Mexico, Patricia came to visit for a week. She had a great sense of humor and
    we laughed a lot. Liberace was on TV and Patricia just would not miss a program
    for anything. He was a masterful musician, especially to a pair of thirteen
    year olds.

    I just knew her as Patricia Erps,
    I liked her red hair, but I didn’t realize what a beauty she was until I saw her
    all grown up in the newspaper picture.

    If I could speak to her now I
    would congratulate her on her huge family and I would say how happy I am that
    she was able to take full advantage of her gift for music. I am most grateful
    that God gave us the opportunity to know each other even though it was only for
    a short time.
    DiVoran (Bowers) Lites, Titusville, Florida

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