This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one Lucy Harper.  Lucy died suddenly of a cancer she didn't know she had.  We are thankful that she did not suffer for a prolonged time.  We will remember and love her forever.
Posted by Fred Balmos on June 17, 2021
Lucy was a great friend and very special neighbor. Being with her was always a
warm and happy time. She loved hearing and telling stories along with the tall tails that were full of laughter. She brightened the room with her energy and smile and the occasional tequila shot. We miss you Lucy, very much.
Love and prayers to Dean and family....
              Love always Fred & Sharon...Jason & Christy
Posted by John Boudreaux on June 17, 2021
The world needs more people like Lucy Harper.  She made our entry into PebbleCreek enjoyable with her warmth and smile, her interest in what we were doing and her introductions to her friends. Regardless of the down times, Lucy was able to pick me up with her grace and understanding. It is such a shock to learn of her passing. She will be missed bigtime by many.
Posted by Jeannette McElroy on June 16, 2021
To Dean and family - I'm so sorry that you all have suffered this great loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy and love.

Posted by Dana Strongin on June 14, 2021
Although Lucy was petite in stature, her big personality always filled the room with laughter, enthusiasm and joy. She is sorely missed by many, but we were all very fortunate to have known her.
Posted by Mary Jo Fenoglio on June 14, 2021
Lucy.....a gentle, caring, thoughtful and loving person. Knowing Lucy was such a blessing to our lives. Playing pickleball without her will be so hard. She always scheduled our time on the courts so we could have that time together. Her smile when she greeted us just brought such joy. I will always think of her when we pick our lemons as we gave them to her and Dean so she could make Limoncello. The last time I saw Lucy was when she brought me a bottle before leaving for CO. I will always cherish the friendship we had. God needed an angel and he picked her.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Dean and family. We loved her and will miss her terribly.

Tom an MJ Fenoglio
Posted by Jason Balmos on June 14, 2021
I did not know Lucy for a very long time, but I am sincerely grateful for the privilege of her friendship. She was always an excellent hostess, and a person I enjoyed being around. She was one of a select few that my mother liked to spend time with whenever she visited. Simply put, she made the world a better place, and she will be missed. Rest in Peace Lucy, and thank you for everything. 
Posted by Emily Grotta on June 13, 2021
Lucy, you brought so much joy into the life of everyone you met that it's hard to believe the world without your smile, your energy, your pep and your love. John and I send love to Dean, Jeff, Andy and the rest of your family. May her memory always be a blessing in your lives.

Posted by Barb Mark Bruce on June 13, 2021
Words cannot fully express how very much Lucy meant to me. She was one of the kindest, most caring, giving, and most loving people I have ever known. She was such a generous soul, and had an amazing ability to make a person feel like they were special. It didn’t matter if a person was an extremely established talent, or if they were still “searching” for their “talent”...she made you feel like you mattered.

Lucy was one of the first friends I made at Pebble Creek. We met at a weight room orientation, that resulted in our going for coffee. It was the first of many coffees....and I’m not sure if either one of us ever used the weight room..... Lucy’s warm, and magnetic, personality soon drew many wonderful new friends to join us for coffee, and we became a phenomenal group of friends that met socially. Lucy got us together, and she was the glue that held us there.

Now, every time I enjoy a cup of coffee, or spend time, with those friends, attend a fitness class, or play pickleball (especially, when the score is 1 - 1 - 1), I will think of fondly.

Mark (who says that Lucy was one of his favorite people, ever!) and I, loved Lucy so much and will miss her terribly.

We pray for Dean, Jeff, Andy, and their families. May knowing how very, very, much she loved you (she told us often) bring you comfort and peace.

May you Rest In Peace, Lucy,

Mark and Barb
Posted by Kathy Luders on June 11, 2021
I first met Lucy through exercise classes at PebbleCreek. Her sweet spirit drew me into her immediately. Our friendship blossomed to include coffee after workouts, pickleball, many social gatherings and two very special unforgettable summer trips to The Harper's mountain home. I cannot imagine the world without you in it Lucy, but will cherish the memories and am honored to have known a remarkable lady. God smiled upon you and spared you of pain. All of our love and prayers to you Dean and your family.
Gary and Kathy Luders
Posted by Joe Hopkins on June 11, 2021
Lisa and I continue to be shocked by Lucy's untimely and unexpected passing. As neighbors part of the year in Goodyear, AZ we were well aware of her sterling qualities: Always upbeat, pleasant and fun to be with. We mourn her loss with Dean and other members of her family and friends in Colorado, Arizona and elsewhere.
Posted by Cal Banning on June 11, 2021
We moved to Game Trail in 2012 and it didn’t take long to realize how lucky we were to be here at this place and time. We quickly had the opportunity to meet Lucy and Dean at a number of neighborhood social events. Over these years, we became closer friends as a part of a wonderful group of neighbors. We had come to love Lucy and have truly been blessed to have had so many fun times together. We will forever remember that smile and her bright outlook on life! I can’t ever think of a time when she wasn’t such a fun, happy and sweet part of our gatherings. While we were heartbroken at the news of Lucy’s sudden passing, she will always be in our thoughts and those thoughts will always bring a smile.
Today Heaven is an even happier place!!
Cal & Lee Anne Banning
Posted by Barbara Spano on June 10, 2021
I first met Lucy when she was walking past our house over twelve years ago. She stopped to talk and we just seemed to hit it off. When she left she said,"You've got to get to know me. I'm a very nice person you know!" Then she smiled and laughed as she walked away. And it was so true. Lucy was a very, very nice person! I later ran into her again at the fitness center and it was the start of a wonderful friendship. I will always look at the front row right hand spot and see Lucy there. I'll hear her turn around after class and say, "Coffee?" Lucy was the kingpin of our coffee group and it just wasn't the same when she wasn't there (which was hardly ever, because if Lucy was in PebbleCreek she would always want to be at coffee). The friendships she developed there meant the world to her. She was warm, caring, funny and someone you could confide in and you knew she would keep it confidential if you asked her to. I thought of her as a very good friend and this year we seemed to get even closer. We walked Robson Circle together and there was never a hint that she wasn't feeling anything but great. She always, always said how happy she was with Dean and how lucky she was to be married to him. She truly loved her beautiful family. Lucy was so special and she will hold a place in my heart always!
Posted by William Skaer on June 10, 2021
My wife and I have known Dean and Lucy since college days. Needless to say, it was a terrible shock to hear of her sudden and unexpected passing.

There are no words to express the loss of someone so vital to her family as Lucy. Only the love and memories of her family can help heal the deep wounds.

Take care of yourself Dean.
Posted by Dean Harper on June 10, 2021
To my wonderful Lucy:
My days are touched by the joy you brought, My heart comforted by every moment we spent together (all 51+ years) and my soul lifted by the goodness and love I'll always know because of you.
(Adapted from a Hallmark card but I feel it fits.)
Posted by Taru Hays on June 10, 2021
Bill and I have known Lucy for over 50 years and never seen her angry or unhappy.she was always calm, collected,and willing to help. Lucy loved her family and friends and was there to help with what ever needed to be done.We will miss Lucy forever as we lost a good friend of long standing and a great human being.
With lots of love and great memories,
Bill and Taru♥️
Posted by Matt Branch on June 10, 2021
Lovely Lulu,

You carried so much light and connection with you. So caring about others' experiences. I didn't know you as well as I would have liked, and I'm so grateful for the time we had together. The world is a bit darker for your passing, but I hope we all can carry a bit of your light as we continue on our journeys. May you rest in peace always.
Posted by Henry Schmidt on June 10, 2021
I never had the privilege of meeting this wonderful lady but I am hopeful that
Dean and his family will understand my thoughts and prayer for you as you grieve.

Hank Schmidt
Posted by Dona Legarza on June 10, 2021
Oh lovely Lucy, Lucy, heart is torn in so many pieces, I don't know how I will ever recover from the loss of such a wonderful, joyful and loving  true friend. We had such a warm and wonderful friendship that does not come along very often, and I take comfort that our friendship was that and much more.  I will forever remember our long walks sharing our private thoughts and curing all the world's ills. Life has a way of taking the best of us and leaves wonderful memories to fill the void. You will always be close to my heart and deeply missed until the end of time. We will meet again and I look forward to seeing that sweet, sweet smile. Love you forever, my dearest friend. May God watch over the love of your life, Dean, and your wonderful sons, granddaughter and your family. May they have comfort in knowing that you were loved and will be missed by so many.
Posted by Donald Clark on June 10, 2021
We were privileged to have Lucy and Dean for neighbors in PEbbleCreek AZ. It was always a joy to encounter Lucy as she was going to play pickle ball, exercise, or just coming out to visit. She was so upbeat and happy. She would look for ways to help us. We are grateful to the Lord for knowing Lucy, and we continue to pray that Dean will somehow find peace and comfort.
Posted by Steve Sproul on June 10, 2021
Dean, I pray that the Good Lord helps you find a way to fill that hole of emptiness in your heart. 
Posted by Devon Schad on June 10, 2021
Andy and family,

May your mother’s memory be a blessing to us all. We know how incredible of a woman she was by the son she raised!


Devon, Kelli, Eliana and Ayla
Posted by bobbi young on June 10, 2021
Lucy's energy, joy and happiness - bursting out of that tiny body, was amazing and an inspiration. We feel so blessed to have had Lucy a part of our lives the last 5+ years in Pebble Creek and will miss her dearly. Sending our love and prayers to the Harper family,
Brad and Bobbi Young 
Posted by Dr. Conrad Nightingale on June 10, 2021
Dean, Family and Friends
Wish and Pray the days go better from this time forward as you remember the many special times you shared together. Nancy and I share you grief and only wish we had got to know Lucy on a more personal level. Blessings from Texas.
Posted by Maria Porter on June 9, 2021
Even though we didn't get to spend a lot of time together, the visits we had over the years will be fondly remembered by us. Lucy was so engaging and fun loving and a truly kind person. Beginning with Andy and Sarah's engagement, followed by their graduation, wedding, some holidays, we shared joyful occasion with special long lasting memories. She will be greatly missed by our families and gone too soon. Love and prayers to all.
Lance and Maria Porter
Posted by Rachel Gildea on June 9, 2021
I was blessed to have both Dean and Lucy as neighbors in Buena Vista, Co. They both were quick to make us feel welcome. Lucy was the perfect host when we had get togethers and made beautiful dinners that inspired me to be more creative. I loved sharing a glass of wine with her and just talking! Speaking of being inspired, immediately when I met Lucy, I knew she was a gentle soul, kind, funny, never speaking ill of anyone. Always positive, an encourager, even to me as I shared my own struggles at times when we’d go for walks down the trail. It is heartbreaking to lose such a bright beautiful light from amongst us, but I am sure she is looking down from heaven with all the love she’s always had for Dean and her family and friends. May you all be comforted with this emanating love. Prayers for Dean and the entire family.
Posted by Judie Varnum on June 9, 2021
I always looked forward to coming to Game Trail in the summer and spending time with Lucy. Lucy had a light in her smile and eyes that just made me feel happy. I never knew a more positive or kinder person. We had good times hiking, shopping, having a cup of coffee and much more. No matter the activity it would be special because of Lucy. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Posted by Elizabeth Nasal on June 9, 2021
Lucy will truly be missed by all who knew her, she had an gentle and kind spirit that endeared her to people .She loved her family passionately
and truly enjoyed her Grandmother time .We never know when we will be called to Heaven
but God needed another Angel by his side . Unfortunately sooner that we would have wanted . Lucy will be watching over her family and she will always be with them . Love never dies .
The pictures of your life together were perfect .

Sending you comfort with all your happy memories together,
Joe & Bebby
Posted by Steve Rogers on June 9, 2021
I never got the opportunity to get to know Lucy very well, due to vet school and the separation that our life journeys imposed, but the times I did visit with her, I found her to be a sweet, fun, lovely young women. I remember well, your wedding and how pretty she was and as you know, you were a lucky man. May God be with you during this trying time!
Posted by Philip Guthrie on June 9, 2021
A wonderful lady who will be missed by all who knew her. The photos on the tribute page seem to capture everything we wanted to say but could not find words for. We were privileged to" double date" with Lucy and Dean on their first meeting, and have counted them as best friends ever since. Spending time with them in college, in California and at their home in Colorado are among our most cherished memories. Kind, loving, caring, joyful, spontaneous, none of these seem adequate, but all come to mind. We are forever grateful for the times we had together. Always in our heart. Phil and Linda 
Posted by Benton Snyder on June 9, 2021
Although we only met Lucy once at the twenty year class reunion, my wife enjoyed visiting with her a great deal.  My wife remembers her as being a very nice, sweet lady. They had the opportunity to visit for a couple of hours and has some very fond memories of Lucy.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Harper family.   Benton and Judy Snyder
Posted by Pallas Quist on June 9, 2021

Thank you for your immense generosity. You left a strong imprint on our family. We will always cherish Morrigan's summer camp experiences with you and Kate in Keystone - the word journals, the spa days, the swimming pool and the thunder cake. She was so lucky to spend that time with you, and she will always hold those happy childhood memories. Thank you for being a positive influence in our lives and in all of those lucky enough to know you.

With deep gratitude,
The Quists
Posted by Andy Harper on June 4, 2021
I love and miss you mom. I've never known anyone so kind, loving and supportive. Rest in peace.

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Posted by Fred Balmos on June 17, 2021
Lucy was a great friend and very special neighbor. Being with her was always a
warm and happy time. She loved hearing and telling stories along with the tall tails that were full of laughter. She brightened the room with her energy and smile and the occasional tequila shot. We miss you Lucy, very much.
Love and prayers to Dean and family....
              Love always Fred & Sharon...Jason & Christy
Posted by John Boudreaux on June 17, 2021
The world needs more people like Lucy Harper.  She made our entry into PebbleCreek enjoyable with her warmth and smile, her interest in what we were doing and her introductions to her friends. Regardless of the down times, Lucy was able to pick me up with her grace and understanding. It is such a shock to learn of her passing. She will be missed bigtime by many.
Posted by Jeannette McElroy on June 16, 2021
To Dean and family - I'm so sorry that you all have suffered this great loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy and love.

her Life


Lucy Evelyn Harper, age 73, of Buena Vista, passed suddenly into heaven from complications of cancer on May 29 at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.

Lucy was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and dedicated school volunteer. She was a gentle, caring woman who loved being around other people and was known for her welcoming smile and joyful laugh.

Lucy, daughter of Harold and Evelyn Dick, was born on June 3, 1947 in Wichita, KS. After graduating from Wichita East High School in 1964, Lucy studied elementary education at Kansas State University, which inspired her lifelong commitment to helping students succeed. Before earning her degree in 1969, Lucy spent a summer studying in France and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Lucy married Forest Dean Harper in 1969. The next year they moved to Denver, where they raised two sons, Jeff and Andy. While living in Denver, Lucy was a member of Junior League and the Crestmoor Tennis Club, and she volunteered at Bromwell and Denver East High schools. Looking back at their 51 wonderful years of marriage, Dean deeply appreciates the quote, “I made the living and Lucy made the life worth living.”

After Lucy and Dean moved to Chaffee County in 2001, they divided their time between living in Game Trail, CO and Pebble Creek, AZ. Lucy continued her legacy of volunteering in the classroom for two decades in both Buena Vista, CO and Surprise, AZ. She also enjoyed exercise and was always ready for a good round of pickleball or aerobics with her many wonderful friends.

One of Lucy’s greatest achievements was her devotion to her grandchildren, Kate and Harold Harper. She would do anything to keep them healthy and happy. Family holidays were a great joy for Lucy, and she always planned ahead to make sure everyone’s time together was special.

Lucy is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Dean Harper of Buena Vista, her son Jeff (Rosa) of Denver, her son Andy (Sarah) of Vacaville, CA, her brother Harold Dick (Jeanne) of Tucson, her nephew Hal C. Dick of New York, her nephew Eddie Dick (Allison) of Tucson, and her sister-in-law Sidney Janzen of Scott City, KS.

In lieu of a memorial service, the family has chosen to establish a website for people to share their condolences and memories at:

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the school of your choice.

Lucy’s family and many friends were grateful to have known her and will try to remember her encouraging advice when times are tough: “Suck it up, buttercup.”

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Such a sweet woman!

Shared by kristin branch on June 12, 2021
I have so many fond and loving memories of Lucy.  I got to know her as a Mother-in-law to my sister and Lulu to Kate and she brought such love, warmth and tenderness to all of us.  Her smile when looking at her loved ones will forever be the picture in my heart of Lucy.  I am honored to know all of the Harper family and love you all!

The wisdom of Lucy

Shared by Dean Harper on June 10, 2021
Lucy didn't make demands but she did make "suggestions". Sometime time ago she announced "We don't have that much time left so we better enjoy each other now"
We did and I'm thankful. 

A KSU Kappa

Shared by Mary Johnson on June 9, 2021
I have not seen Lucy since she graduated from Kansas State but yet how strange our worlds have still been intertwined ... from Manhattan, Kansas (where we lived in the Kappa house together) to Princeton, New Jersey (where my son went to college).  While in college one of my son's best friends was darling Sarah Porter.  Fast forward to when we learned that Sarah was  marrying a Kansas boy with a KSU mom and even better, a Kappa! I regret that Lucy and I never re-connected for a long visit and a glass of wine,  but it brings me such joy to know that she had a wonderful daughter-in-law in Sarah.  It's easy to see from the photos that those grandchildren brought her much deserved happiness.  As a grandmother myself it saddens me to think how much she will be missed by those sweet young'uns as well as by her son and Sarah.  Sending my prayers and condolences to the entire Harper family.
Rest in Peace dear Lucy. 
Mary Barkis Johnson