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Alice Mildred "Millie" DuffyNovember 7, 1921-September 27, 2004

Alice “Millie” Duffy, 82, of Sterling was born Nov. 7, 1921, in Midland, Ark., and died Sept. 27 in Sterling.She attended school and grew up in Pitkin County. Millie was very musically inclined, playing the harmonica in her school band and also the organ. She graduated valedictorian of her class in Pitkin.Millie was married three times, the first to Arthur J. Wisner of Fruita. The couple lived in California during his service years and later returned to Fruita, where they had three children.She was then married to Russell Bingman of Fruita and had two children. The family moved in 1957 to Grand Valley on Holmes Mesa, where they were ranchers for many years. She also owned and operated the Country Kitchen Cafe in Grand Valley in the 1960s. She was a member of the Cow Belles Association and enjoyed gardening and canning for the family. Sewing and making doughnuts were her favorite activities, and she also enjoyed fishing in Cache Creek.In March of 1969, Millie married Sanford Duffy of Silt. She worked in the food industry while Sanford ranched. In Silt, she also enjoyed tending to her garden, chopping wood, reading her Bible, going to church, and playing the organ. She was also a volunteer for Lift-Up. Millie’s organ is being donated to the Rosetta House in Sterling, where she resided at the time of her death.She is survived by five children: two daughters, Carol O’Brien and husband, Tom, and Nancy Leihman and husband, Don, all of Sterling; three sons, Curtis Wisner of New Castle, Russell Bingman of Shiprock, N.M., and Dale Bingman and wife, Tina, of Silt. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren (one great-grandchild passed away); one sister, Claudia Carpenter; and two brothers, Robert and William Smith.Memorial services will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Rifle Funeral Home chapel. Co-pastor Eddie Piker of the New Hope Church in New Castle will officiate. There will be a gathering after the service at the Appletree Community Room at 5033 County Road 335, New Castle. Pastor Joel Miller will help officiate. Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Memorial services will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Rifle Funeral Home chapel. Co-pastor Eddie Piker of the New Hope Church in New Castle will officiate. There will be a gathering after the service at the Appletree Community Room at 5033 County Road 335, New Castle. Pastor Joel Miller will help officiate. Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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