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Donna Bechard

Donna Jean Bechard

Tuesday, February 23rd, 1937 - Thursday, March 7th, 2019
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Donna Jean Bechard, 82 of Longmont, passed away at home with her family by her side on March 7, 2019 after a five year battle with cancer. Donna was born February 23, 1937 in Denver, CO to Earl and Helen (Elberson) Orr. She lived in Denver until the age of 12 when her family moved to California. She graduated from El Monte High School in 1954 and attended Mount San Antonio Jr. College for two years.

On March 2, 1957 Donna married LeeRoy Bechard at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, CO. After they were married for a year, Lee and Donna moved back to California where they had three children. She was a devoted wife, mother and a devout catholic throughout her life. In 1969, the family moved to Boulder, CO. She stayed home to raise the children until they were old enough to attend school. She then went to work for the Boulder Valley School District for the next 25 years. Donna attended St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Boulder for 30 years and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont for 20 years.

Donna and Lee enjoyed camping trips with the family and traveling across the U.S. in their RV. They spent 13 winters in South Padre Island, TX where they made many friends. She loved to be on the go. Donna and Lee spent many weekends ballroom and square dancing. An avid CU Buff fan, Donna was a “Buffalo Belle” and was season ticket holder for basketball and football for over 30 years. She also loved playing bunco and card games, the mountains, ocean and being in nature and was fond of her rose bushes and flower beds.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, David Orr and a granddaughter, Kaylie Hushka. Donna is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Lee Bechard, their three children; Mike Bechard of Longmont, Lynnette (Philip Lyman) Bechard of Boulder and Lisa Bechard of Boulder, four grandchildren; Justin (Alicia) Bechard, Ben Bechard, Corrie Dedrick and Mack Johnson and one great-grandchild, Sawyer Bechard.
Rosary will be 7:00p.m. Wednesday, March 20 with a visitation beginning at 6:00p.m, at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Mass of the Resurrection will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Food Bank. https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/CO509/13477, or by sjbfoodbank@gmail.com.

To honor Donna’s life, please consider wearing her favorite color, blue, to the services.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Ahlberg Funeral Chapel
    326 Terry St.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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    Rosary at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.
  • Service

    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 | 11:30am
    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 11:30am
    St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
    323 Collyer St.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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Ray Rockafellow

Posted at 01:07pm
Lee, I was so sorry to hear about Donna. I think I must know how you are feeling. I am still missing Judy. My thoughts are with you, Rocky


Posted at 07:18am
Donna Jean will be missed by family and friends, my condolences to you all. May you find comfort in knowing that God will soon take away all sorrow, pain and gives you hope for the future where you can see your loved one again. (Revelation 21:4; Acts 24:15)


Posted at 03:18pm
Loved this lady, she loved to attend social gatherings and dance. Best thoughts and prayers for Lee and family. She suffered and gave her all to recover.


Posted at 08:16am
My condolences to Donna's family. Because it's never easy when we lose our loved one, may God's word comfort and soothe you ďuring this difficult time. Philippians 4:6,7,13

Mr. & Mrs. Mike Miller

Posted at 02:33pm
Dear Lee and Family, Our heartfelt sympathy! A very dear lady and friend, ..... she will be sorely missed! With our love, and sincere sympathy, Mike and Judith Miller

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