Melissa Coffin Hibberd DeKieffer

October 18th, 1919April 28th, 2017

Melissa Coffin Hibberd DeKieffer was born on October 18, 1919 and lived well until April 28, 2017. At 97 years old, she lived a full and complete life. Born in Richmond, Indiana, Melissa lived in numerous places, but she spent the last 62 years in Boulder and was residing at Balfour Senior Living in Louisville when she died.

Melissa was preceded in death by her husband, Bob DeKieffer, and sons Donald and Rob. She is survived by her son Jim (Susie), daughters in law Nancy (Donald) and Kitty (Rob), grandsons Hunter and Nathan (Amanda), nephew Hank Hibberd, nieces Lestra Gross and Christine Morgan.

Melissa and Bob were married on March 20, 1942 in Richmond, and Bob immediately left to serve in the Navy during WWII. She worked as a WAC for the Marines in Washington during the time Bob was serving. When he returned, they began their family with first Donald, then Jim and Rob. Melisa returned to the University of Colorado to complete her bachelor’s degree started at Stephens College and interrupted by the war. She then went to work for the CU Division of Continuing Education for the next 20 years. When she retired from CU, she became a volunteer at Boulder Community Hospital for the next 20 years. She left their farm on Valmont Road in 2006 and moved to the Residences at Balfour.

Melissa’s greatest joy was golf. Everywhere they moved, she found a place to play. With a 12 handicap, she was pretty good and even played in the state Women’s Championships. Travel was another passion of Melissa and Bob, both before and after retirement, and they took several trips with elder hostel around the world as well as visiting all 50 states and Europe, Mexico, Canada, China, Egypt, and South Africa. They frequently travelled with son Donald and his wife, Nancy.

Melissa will be forever remembered as an outgoing, opinionated, talkative, interesting person. As a counselor for the continuing education program, she helped students find their niche. As a greeter at the hospital, she was gracious and helpful, lessening people’s concerns with her wit and charm.

The family requests no flowers. 

Services

There will be a memorial gathering at Balfour Senior Living in the Great Room of the Welshire on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

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Condolences

Jim and Susie, We're sorry to hear about your loss. You both are in our hearts and prayers. Cindy & Jim
Jim and Susie, We're sorry to hear about your loss. You both are in our hearts and prayers. Cindy & Jim
Dear Ones, We offer much sorrow for your loss of one of the finest women in Boulder. Often, Robert and I would drop in for a visit. She was tired of the living process. But as sharp as a tack. Jim, your parents were extremely close friends of my parents, RJ and Joan MacCornack. Equally, your dad and mum were at Robert's and my wedding in Grand Lake, CO, twenty years ago.... Her passing leaves a great hole in a legacy of their generation. I have been at almost all memorials for your family and it is with great dismay that we won't be there in person. Unfortunately, we will be leaving town early Friday a.m. We are thrilled that you are holding a memorial in her honor as it was so important to her. Our deep love to you all, Barbara and Robert Leutwiler
I am so sorry to read of Melisa's passing. I have always considered her to be my second mother. When I was very young she was always there for me in ways that were very important to me (many of which I realized later in life). Our family's tradition of sharing Thanksgiving together, making saucer runs in the snow at her cabin in Eldora, and Melisa and Bob teaching me how to properly carve the turkey are really good memories. She was stern with me (I needed it!) but I always knew she loved me. Maybe about the last 20 years, every time I would see her, she would motion me over, grab my beard, and make "scissors" with her fingers. If she had had a pair, she would have chopped it off! While I didn't realize it at the time, I know now how important she and her family made me feel. I'll be forever grateful.
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