Obituary: JoAnn Lou Ellen Carman Dufty |

Obituary: JoAnn Lou Ellen Carman Dufty

JoAnn Lou Ellen Carman Dufty

JoAnn Lou Ellen Carman Dufty, age 81, passed away peacefully at her home in Silverthorne on June 30, 2013. She was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Alison Park, Pa. Mrs. Dufty graduated from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh. In December of 1959 she married Robert Dufty.

They moved to Boulder, where she worked and raised her family. After retiring she moved to Silverthorne in 1998. Mrs. Dufty was energetic, a proud mother and grandmother, an artist, a committed environmentalist and an avid hiker and skier.

While living in Boulder she was a member of the Parks and Open Space Advisory Board and the League of Women Voters; she worked to achieve the designation of the Switzerland Trail as a National Historical Trail (the first of its kind in the nation); and she was actively involved in supporting the Open Space Tax. Mrs. Dufty, served as the president and founder of People for Eldorado Mountain, worked as the founding Rock Creek Coal Trail coordinator, and served on the Boulder-Lhasa Sister City Board — making two trips to Lhasa while in that capacity.

While living in Summit County she was a board member and emeritus of Continental Divide Land Trust, a volunteer guide for Over the Hill Gang/Fifty Plus Ski With Us at both Breckenridge and Keystone and a volunteer usher for the National Reportory Orchestra and the Breckenridge Music Festival.

Mrs. Dufty is survived by her son Kirk (Patricia Lanter) of Norwich, Vt., and daughter, Kimberly of Fairplay; her grandchildren Keegan, Elijah, Brendan and Hope Dufty, also of Vermont; her brother John of Florida; her sisters-in-law Joyce Baldus of Iowa, and Fran Carman of Texas; and her numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.

The family wishes to thank all of those who helped JoAnn and her family in this last year and offers a special thanks to the Shaw Cancer folks in Edwards; it’s an amazing organization taking care of people — particularly Dr. Urquhart, Lynn, Katy and Kathy. Bristlecone Hospice was there when we needed them; Jessica and the crew were especially helpful. The friends who gave of their time and hearts to help our family — thanks for being there throughout the process.

Services will be held in September in Boulder, details to follow. Memorial donations may be made to the Boulder County Parks & Open Space Foundation (, the Continental Divide Land Trust (, or the Summit Foundation (

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