Dana Steerman

Former Durango resident Dana Steerman died suddenly Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at her home in Aztec. She had just turned 61. The cause of death is undetermined.

Ms. Steerman was born to Marjorie and Marion Steerman on Dec. 8, 1951, in Cortez, where she grew up with three older brothers on the family farm. She participated in 4-H. After graduating from Cortez High School, she attended college.

Ms. Steerman lived and worked in Durango for several years, including delivering newspapers for The Durango Herald as well as working at Walmart and several gas stations. She was currently working at Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse and had worked at Sundial gas stations in Aztec.

After growing up on a farm, she loved all animals both large and small.

“Dana could not pass by a homeless animal on the street and not bring them home,” her family said. “Her children also followed their mother in her great love of animals.”

Ms. Steerman’s hobbies included sewing, crocheting, quilting and cooking. Some of the fondest memories her children have of her is all the baking and cooking during the holidays. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Ms. Steerman was preceded in death by her son Kenneth Merit Labato.

She is survived by her oldest brother, Dan Steerman, of Sunnyville, Texas; daughter, Zenda Wylie, of Cortez; son Tyrrell Kirt of Aztec; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1700 E. Empire St., in Cortez.