Ann "Denise" (Fastabend) Worley

Born: Tue., Mar. 3, 1953
Died: Fri., Apr. 5, 2019


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 11, 2019
Location: Mountain Memorial Funeral Home

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 12, 2019
Location: Our Lady of the Woods

Funeral Mass

12:00 PM Fri., Apr. 12, 2019
Location: Our Lady of the Woods

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Denise Worley, wife, best friend, and the love of my life passed away on April 5, 2019 from complications from open heart surgery brought on by the dreadful disease of Lupus. Denise was born on March 3, 1953 in Oakland, CA to the late Henry and Betty Fastabend. She was the youngest of four siblings. She is survived by her sister Diane (John)Vreeland, Littleton, CO, brothers Doug (Kathy) Fastabend, Discovery Bay, CA and Don (Nancy) Fastabend, Pleasanton, CA, nieces Tammy (Sean) Schneider, and Cindy (Brian) Nienhaus, Frederick, CO, cousins Mary Jo (Fastabend) Reber, Barton, TN, Patsy (Fastabend) Bossomo, Foristell, MO, and her 97 year old uncle, Theodore “Ted” Fastabend, Lincoln, NE.

Denise was raised in Orinda, CA. She performed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&T Houston and Corpus Christi, TX receiving her degree in Science/Dental Hygiene, and her graduate degree at Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX. She performed the work she loved as an exceptional Dental Hygienists, full time for over 30 years, finally retiring because of medical reasons in 2005. 

Denise met me (her loving husband) in 1992, and we began a wonderful 26+ years of travel and adventure. We retired in 2005 and moved to our log home in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, where she continued travel and adventure.  Denise loved to ride her motorcycle until Lupus made her too unsteady, when she (instead of giving up) traded for a three wheel CanAm Spyder. Her most fun was going into the forest and helping in cutting and loading firewood.

Denise began volunteering at the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital in Woodland Park, with her dearest and closest friend, Susan Gina, recruiting local artist for both photo and original art to be displayed in the lobby and sold, with profits going to the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital Foundation. This became a passion for her, and she continued until the hospital was bought by UC Health.

Viewing will be held at Mountain Memorial Funeral Home, 51 County Rd 5, Divide, CO 80814 on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 4 - 8 pm.  A funeral mass will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Our Lady of the Woods Parish, 116 S. West St, Woodland Park, CO 80863, at noon, with a reception to follow.

Any donations should be made in the name of Denise to the Lupus Research Alliance.

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Chuck and Joy Buckley
   Posted Mon April 08, 2019
Our prayers go out to Tom. Denise was a great supporter of ours as we worked with the Divide Planning Commission. Her support and smile will be missed.

Mark & Jill Sievers
   Posted Tue April 09, 2019
Only a few times in life does one meet a couple as decent and obviously in love as Denise and Tom. You are both in our prayers.

Juliann Mills
   Posted Thu April 11, 2019
I have had the pleasure of knowing Denise for only 7 years. There were always great laughs and conversation whenever she and Tom stopped by the shop. I always looked forward to their visits. Denise and I had such fun designing and creating jewelry and that is how I got to know her. She was special. What I will really miss is Denise’s funny craziness. She always made me laugh. We shared a mutual love for our animals and Denise loved her kitty’s. I can’t say enough about her. She truly was a beautiful person whom we all lost way too soon. My thought and prayers are with you Tom.

   Posted Sat April 13, 2019
What a joy was Denise. She indeed was a very special person. Tom, I would hope that in time the many memories of your adventures will ease the loss. It was far, far too soon. So very sorry.

Dalton Morrow
   Posted Fri April 19, 2019
I know how you feel now. Find a local Christian church that give you support. I am praying for you
and I know the Lord will help you.

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