Dorothea Benton Redenbaugh “Duffie” of Wellington Colorado , formerly of Cheyenne and Sheridan Wyoming, passed away May 5, 2021 as she wished in her sleep , after a long battle with COPD. She was born in Mansfield OH on November 4, 1948 to Dorothea Jane and Donald Good and grew up in Ashland OH.
Duffie is survived by her children Jane Bench Weed, Allen William Bench and his wife Jennifer, Thomas “Roudy” Redenbaugh and his wife Angie, Bart Redenbaugh and his wife Jennifer, and step-daughter Brandy Redenbaugh Cahoy; her Grandchildren Erika and Jason Weed; Noah and Alexa Parker; Brad, Braden, Brock and Jaxon Redenbaugh; Briella, Brianna, Brody and Brenton Redenbaugh; and former husband Henry “Cab” Redenbaugh. She is also survived by her sister Robin Good Garner, brothers: Donald Good, John Good and Rex Good and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her daughter Laura Parker Redenbaugh, Mother Dorothea Jane Good Heuett, Father Donald Good and brother David Good;
Duffie’s life forever changed after the death of her father when she was just 12 years old and her mother relocated the entire family from Ohio to Grants, New Mexico. Duffie attended Grants High School until her Junior year at which time she married Allen Ray Bench and they soon had their daughter Jane Mari. A few years later, the family moved to Newcastle WY, where Allen William was born 4 years later. Due to many factors, the marriage between Duffie and Allen did not work out and they were divorced after 7 years of marriage. At this time they were living in Buffalo, WY and Duffie met Henry “Cab” Redenbaugh and they were married in 1974 and Thomas Brad “Roudy” was born. Also added to the family were Cab’s daughters from his first marriage, Laura Lee and Brandy and 6 years later Bart Anthony completed the family. During this time, Duffie and Cab would move several times a year, throughout Wyoming, while Cab was working for Peter Kiewitt and Sons. We could get our mobile home ready for a move in under 2 hours!! Duffie would work as a waitress and in many towns was well known for her Lemon Meringue Pies and would bake them at home and sell by the slice. This continued until 1979 when Jane started high school and it was decided to make Sheridan Wyoming a permanent home. Duffie worked at the Golden Steer for many years while living in Sheridan and has remained friends with many of her former co-workers. In the mid-80’s Duffie, Cab, Roudy, and Bart moved to Cheyenne and made their home on Carbine Trail for many years where many garage parties were held and holidays celebrated. Cab and Duffie retired and in the late 90’s built the Big House in Cheyenne. This home was a dream for Duffie and included a library as Duffie was an avid reader and had a large collection of cookbooks, swimming pool, playhouse and playground for the grandkids, and for the big kids a theater complete with every movie you could want to watch and a billiards room. When building this dream home, the design centered around our family get-togethers and holiday celebrations . Also during these years, Duffie and Cab took the entire family on several trips to Las Vegas and Palm Springs. Especially memorable was celebrating 2000 New Year’s with the entire family. The memories created and the love shared will never be forgotten. We all gathered for weddings including Laura and Stu Parker, Allen and Jennifer ( in Vegas) Roudy and Angie,and Bart and Jennifer. When our family lost our daughter and sister, Laura to breast cancer in 2002, these times became even more treasured and special. Sadly, the marriage between Cab and Duffie ended after over 27 years together. Duffie then lived in Morrison, Colorado, before moving in with Roudy and Angie. After living in Littleton CO, and Greeley CO, the family moved to Wellington at which time Roudy built a home for his family and for Duffie her own living area complete with a kitchen. Having two kitchens in the home was wonderful and she made so many of her famous meals and birthday treats. Of course everyone had their own special birthday dinner. Duffie also made several trips to California to visit Jane and Allen to celebrate graduations and other milestones with her last trip in 2019 to attend Janie’s house warming party. Duffie impressed all those who attended with more of her wonderful cooking and pies. As with many people, 2020 was a difficult year of isolation due to Covid and Duffie’s health problems worsened. However, Thanksgiving was a special time with almost the entire family present for the first time in many years. As was true throughout Duffie’s life, family was the most important and we had a wonderful time together and this will become another treasured memory.
As written by the poet Ron Tranmer, “He noted that first came the date of birth. And spoke the following date with tears, But he said what mattered most of all. Was the dash between those years.” Duffie lived a full life between November 4, 1948 and May 5, 2021 and has left a legacy of love, generosity, memories, laughter, character, hospitality, hard work, and pride for all who knew her. She leaves behind many friends and family who loved her and were lucky enough to call her friend. Her children and grandchildren never doubted her love and the sacrifice she made to give us the best that she could give no matter if times were good or not so good.
Please join Duffie’s family for a Celebration of Life on May 22, 2021 at 2 pm at Cheyenne Hills Church; 7505 Lincoln Way, Cheyenne Wyoming 82001. Dr. Galen Huck will be officiating. Reception to follow.
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