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Inge Edgard Bertha Verhaegen

1966 - 2020
Inge Edgard Bertha Verhaegen Obituary
"Live the life you love, love the life you live."

Inge lived life out loud. She was fiercely loyal, principled, kind and passionate.Her family ALWAYS came first, yet she still had time to make everyone else in her life feel important as well.
Inge Edgard Bertha Verhaegen was born in Wilrijk, Belgium, to Willy & Chris Verhaegen on August 22, 1966. She lived each of her 53 years fully, intentionally and generously. She was an avid traveler and journeyed to all corners of the earth to take in its beauty, visiting many countries on six continents. She loved hiking, being outdoors and Belgian chocolate.
She was an accomplished gymnast, pharmacist, a beautiful skier (alpine, Nordic and telemark), hockey player, musician, gift giver and bargain hunter, and she was fluent in Flemish, English, French, Inge-lish, and speaking her mind. But most importantly, she was a devoted mother to her daughter Edde and son Braden; steadfast partner to the love of her life, husband Brad; loving daughter, sister, aunt, niece and cousin; and a friend to everyone she met.
She received her associates degree from Marymount California University and her pharmacy degree from University of Colorado Boulder where she met Brad, whom she married in Antwerp on May 31, 1997, in a celebration fit for Belgian royalty. She worked as an inpatient pharmacist at Vail Valley Medical Center for 10 years before helping to establish the inpatient pharmacy at Animas Surgical Hospital.
Inge loved to entertain and share her "gezellige" home-as long as you removed your shoes! Schnikes. She cherished sunsets sipping a glass of wine or a Stella surrounded by beautiful hummingbirds and lush views of the Animas Valley. Her ridiculously radiant smile was infectious, her humor hilariously unbridled, and she looked equally fabulous in sandals and socks as she did in haute couture. Inge was truly the life of the party; when she arrived-late-the air became a little more electric.
She humbly rode the Iron Horse bike race at her friends' pace instead of at the speed in which her stunningly superior physique could have landed her in Silverton before the train. She could climb the Sky Steps in a couple of minutes, but found much more value in enjoying the company of whomever was stepping with her. She was a force, her spirit incredibly strong until her very last breath. She never took for granted the wonderful life she was given, and she lived it gratefully.
Inge's ferocious battle with pancreatic cancer ended on May 10, 2020, in Durango, Colorado, with her family, including her care-giving sister Karin, at her side. She is celebrated by her husband Martin Bradley Lyons, MD; children Edde Lyons and Braden Lyons; parents Willy and Christiane Verhaegen; sisters Karin and Christ'l; brothers Jan, Mark and Dave; nieces and nephews Estelle, Guillaume, Gaétan, Brian, Matthew, Chloé and Emma; parents-in-law Nancy Lyons, and Doug and Pam Lyons; and siblings-in-law Doug Jr (Sheri) and Stan (Nicole). In lieu of flowers, please do some unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone in her name. There will be a Celebration of Life to honor the spirit of our Belgian Sunflower as soon as gatherings large enough are permitted again-and if it's outdoors, you can keep your shoes on. Or better yet, take them off and dance.
Published in The Durango Herald on May 20, 2020
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