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Elizabeth Tucker Testa


1950 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Elizabeth Tucker Testa Obituary
Elizabeth Tucker Testa died peacefully, surrounded by family, on September 7, 2017, after a short illness. She was a young 67. Elizabeth was born March 11, 1950 in Oakland, California to James and Katherine Tucker. She graduated from Dominican Upper School in San Rafael, CA, and earned a Bachelors' in English from Cornell University and a Masters' of Fine Arts in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Elizabeth met Pete Testa, the love of her life, while working as a Construction Project Manager in California.
Elizabeth and Pete moved to the Durango area 25 years ago, and made many good friends in the community. She served as the President of the Back Country Horsemen, Executive Director of the 4 States Ag Expo, Publicity and Editorial Manager for American Youth Horse Association, and was an editor for many literary publications.
Elizabeth enjoyed horseback riding, animals of all kinds, cooking reading, hiking, and art. She loved the written word and she was an eloquent writer.
Her laughter was infectious, her spirit filled a room before she entered it, and her devotion to her position as Executive Director of the Durango Education Foundation was her true passion for the last 6 years.
Above all else, she cherished her family. She leaves behind her husband, Pete. She was also a loving stepmother to Pete's children Christine (Cameron) Seitz, Peter Michael Testa, and Terri (Gary) Ettinger. One of her greatest joys was being an adoring and adored grandmother to Jessica, Andrew, Kyle, and Claire.
She is survived by her heartbroken sisters, Frances Tucker, Katherine (Jack) Schoellerman, nephew John (Anna) Schoellerman, great nephew Marco Schoellerman, and niece Anne (Dan) Cagney and many cousins and friends.
Elizabeth's family would like to express their deep appreciation for the outpouring of compassion and assistance. A celebration of Elizabeth's life will be hosted by the Durango Education Foundation September 30, 2017 at 2:00 at Karen and Jerry Zink's farm, 259 County Road 216, Durango, CO 81303
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elizabeth Testa Memorial Fund, Durango Education Foundation, 201 East 12th St., Durango, CO 81301.

Be around the light bringers,
the magic makers, the world shifters
the game shakers.
They challenge you, break you open,
uplift + expand you
They don't let you play small with your life.
These heartbeats are your people.
These people are your tribe. (Unknown source)
Published in The Durango Herald on Sept. 13, 2017
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