Tim McGraw. Pretzels. Thrift stores. Her dog, Chili. Antiques. Funky sunglasses in a rainbow of colors. Little old men. Scissors in one hand and hair dye in the other. Fountain Pepsi. Craft paint. Red licorice. Road trips. Country CDs.
Random text messages to see if you knew the answer to some trivia question she was pondering. Monkey Butt powder as a Christmas present. House “break-ins” while you were out of town to fill your house with gaudy thrift-store finds. McDonald’s sweet tea.
These things and so many more went hand-in-hand with a mischievous grin and a pair of bright green eyes.
Tanya Kaylene (Schulze) Bohrer had a tendency to find the humor in almost anything around her, and her laugh was guaranteed to draw you in, even if it was at your own expense.
Tanya died Nov. 23, 2009, with her children and family by her side, after battling cancer for more than 10 years. Her deepest love was reserved for her children, and she was incredibly proud of each and every one of them.
Tanya had a strong sense of family, and she logged many miles, making trips to Kansas to visit grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins every year.
Many Kansas antiques made their way back home to Colorado after Tanya “rescued” them out of old garages and barns.
She had an incredible eye for decorating, and she managed to make any house she lived in look like something out of a Country Living magazine.
Friends and family members never hesitated to ask for her help when decorating their own homes because she could start with nothing and turn it into something beautiful.
Tanya was a secretary at Moffat County High School, and she genuinely loved the kids she interacted with, and they loved her in return.
Tanya’s children were all able to enjoy having her at the high school in case they needed anything, or they could just stop in and say hello, and it was a relief to her many nieces and nephews to have their aunt Tanya there, as well.
Tanya was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Leo Schulze, and Omar Wright; grandmother Nina Wright, and beloved niece, Cassie Owens.
She is survived by her children, Makinzie Bretches, Destinee Bohrer, Koy Bohrer, Megan (Chris) Herod, and Deidra Gray; grandmother Alma Schulze; parents George and Sharon Durham; brothers and sisters Pam (Steve) Bourdette, Jan (Rich) Hanson, Rod (Jeannie) Durham, Cyndee (Ray) Owens, Terri (Jim) Robinson, Shayne (Kim) Schulze and Dusty (Laurie) Schulze; her far-too-many-to-list nieces and nephews; two grandchildren; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and her many, many friends. Her passing leaves a hole in her family’s hearts, but they hope to honor her memory by living their lives with joy, kindness and much laughter.
“We love you, Ubu, and rest in peace,” her family said.
An account has been established at the Bank of the West for donations in honor of Tanya’s memory.