Beverly Walford Danielson died peacefully at her home in Durango, Colorado on July 19th at the age of 85 from complications from acute heart failure. Beverly was born in West Lafayette, Indiana to Stephen Walford & Thelma Hamilton Walford on November 26, 1932. The family moved to Connecticut shortly thereafter and she grew up in Wallingford, Connecticut. She received her BA at Bates College in Maine and worked there for the next five years in child welfare. After earning her Master's Degree in psychiatric social work at Smith College she moved to Cleveland, Ohio to establish the inpatient psychiatric unit at University Hospital. She met Robert E. Danielson and was married on November 27, 1959. After raising her children, Beverly had a second career as a volunteer botanist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for 18 years, where she was named Adjunct Curator of Botany. She retired to her beloved Durango with Robert sixteen years ago. She was active in many organizations and was an avid supporter of the San Juan Symphony.
Beverly is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert; two sons Eric Danielson of Geneva, Ohio and Steve Danielson & his wife Julie Hays of New York City.
Cremation has occurred and a memorial service will be held to celebrate her life later this summer. Remembrances may be sent to Hospice of Mercy or a charity of your choice
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Published by The Durango Herald on Jul. 23, 2018.