Obituary: Fran Werner
March 31, 1941 – December 23, 2019
Frances “Fran” Werner, 78, of Steamboat Springs passed away December 23, 2019. She was born March 31, 1941 in Steamboat Springs, CO to Glenn and Thelma Werner. Fran grew up on a cattle ranch in the Yampa Valley, along with her two siblings, Jan and Dale. After high school she attended Loretto Heights College in Denver and then married her high school sweetheart, Mike Harding. They were married for 24 years and together they raised 4 daughters. Fran lived a full life as a loving mother and grandmother. She was a teacher’s aid, administrative assistant for Ski Corp slope maintenance, school bus driver, entrepreneur, and rancher. Fran had a passion for the outdoors. She loved being on the water (river trips, sea kayaking, and boats); hiking in the Rocky Mountains with her daughters; skiing with her grandkids (even if they were snowboarding!); riding horses; gardening; driving cattle on Mt. Werner for summer grazing; working sheep in Clark; and discovering nature with her grandkids. Fran’s inquisitive nature led to her love of traveling; living in 5 states and visiting 7 countries. Most of all she loved her family; being a mom and a beloved Nana. Fran is survived by her sister, Jan Gilbert; four daughters – Dawn (Cal), Michelle (Neil), Jennifer (Sam), Katrina (Travis); 11 grandchildren – Thaysha, Wyatt, Teya, Tal, Tane, Eric, Fletcher, Lauren, Samantha, Austin, and Ashlyn; and 7 great-grandchildren – Raleigh, Rhett, Dirk, Allie, Ty, Kalee, and Rylan. All of whom she loved and touched deeply. She will be missed and forever in our hearts. A celebration of her life will be held in the summer of 2020.
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