Durango native Maureen Lynch died Dec. 22. She was 76 years old. Known as “Mo,” she was born July 13, 1945, at Mercy Hospital in Durango. She was raised in Pagosa Springs and was the daughter of Ben K. and June E. Lynch.
Mo was a bookkeeper most of her adult life, working for the Durango Herald, Tamarron Resort, LA Wood and Carver Brewing Company. She loved her work and made many friends through the years.
Mo loved her family, friends and critters unconditionally. She enjoyed bird-watching and nature walks on the Florida Mesa. She loved the Beatles, Star Trek, movies and reading.
Mo’s summer birthday parties were legendary. Having a “cerveza on the mesa” with Mo and friends was the highlight of summer. Mo gained many friends as she worked and lived in the Durango area. She had a positive attitude, and she was a great listener. She started or ended a conversion with a wonderful positive phrase including:
• “Top of the morning to you”
• “Who loves you, baby”
• “Love and light”
After losing her fiancé in the Vietnam War, Mo never married and had no children except for her numerous critters. Mo is survived by her brothers, Ben (Judy) Lynch, of Pagosa Springs; Casey (Laurie) Lynch, of Durango; and her sister-in-law, Debbie Lynch, of Aurora. She is also survived by nephews Pat (Kristi) Lynch, of Broomfield; Mike (Neisa) Lynch, of Westminster; Larry (Dana) Lynch and David Lynch, of Pagosa Springs; Grady Lynch, of Durango; Michael (Cora) Lynch, of Kent, Wash.; Christopher (Sarah) Lynch, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Jack Lynch, of Denver. She is also survived by her nieces, Kelly (Connor) Lynch, of Bellingham, Wash.; Meghan Lynch and Lauren (Sebastian) Lynch, of Broomfield; and Averie Lynch, of San Diego.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Jack.
A memorial service is planned for July 1.