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Elizabeth Patricia Jefferson, “Libby”, age 93, died in Fort Collins on September 20, 2021.
She was born on October 18, 1927 in Triumph County, MN to Ross Eber Bishop and Olive Moffet Bishop. Elizabeth had two brothers, James Donovan Bishop and Laurance Bishop, and a sister, Marjorie Bishop Barry. She was the third child.
The family moved to Mount Ayr, IA in 1930. There her mother, Olive, raised the children as a single mother. Elizabeth worked at a variety store at age 12, then a telephone company, a bookstore and a lumberyard. She graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1946.
Elizabeth married William Rowe Jefferson, “Bill”, on December 27, 1948, in Mount Ayr. The couple moved to Fort Collins in 1951 and then to Boulder in 1959. They had two children, David Jefferson, born 1950, and Virginia Jefferson, born 1954.
Following Bill’s retirement from the Colorado National Guard in 1982, they moved to their home at Red Feather Lakes. Libby and Bill enjoyed playing cards with friends. They were members of the Chapel in the Pines and the Red Feather Historical Society. They traveled to Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico and all but four of the states.
Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents, brothers, sister, husband and her daughter, Virginia. She is survived by her son, David. She is survived by her grandchildren: Kriston Prince (Shirden), Rebecca Jefferson, Nick Jefferson (Kay) and Alex Jefferson. And great-grandchildren: Ilyana Prince, Klaus Jefferson and Zaralyn Jefferson. Also survived by nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces.
Libby was a cancer survivor and had a positive outlook on life. She was a perfect example of what it means to be a strong woman.
Memorial service will be at a later date at Chapel in the Pines.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chapel in the Pines or RFL Historical Society.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Jefferson family.

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