Loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Bente Gilburt left us unexpectedly in El Paso, Texas on March 6. She contracted pneumonia while in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and was en route home to Boulder by air ambulance when she experienced cardiac arrest and oxygen deprivation that she could not overcome. She was 70 and is survived by her husband of 41 years, John, sons, Patrick and Amos and granddaughters, whom she adored, Hattie Rae and Eliza Huan Yao. Bente was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she lived until the family moved to New York and Puerto Rico in 1972-'73. Both Patrick and Amos were born in the same hospital in Copenhagen. The family came to Colorado in 1975 where they lived in Raymond, near Allenspark, for 12 years, then moved from the mountains to Boulder. Bente attended Copenhagen's Art and Architectural Institute, and in her late teens and twenties was an actress and model with Denmark's Radio/Television. She fashioned handmade leather clothes during the seventies, including complete outfits for rock bands in New York and garments sold at Disneyworld. She then worked with stained glass panels for 20 years that sold in galleries in Colorado, New York and San Francisco, as well as at the original People's Fair in Denver. She won a prize for one of her art panels at the "Glass at the Gardens," nationally known juried show at the Denver Botanical Gardens. For the past 20 years, she focused on watercolor painting and handmade silver jewelry. For the past several years, Bente donated art objects and paintings to the Community Breast Cancer
Foundation art auction. She was a nineteen-year breast cancer survivor. Bente's extraordinary talent and spirit, where everything she touched became unique and beautiful, extended to her relations and friendships where her charm, humor and honesty created close and warm feelings. She was adventurous, curious and traveled extensively through five continents with her husband and family. She loved children, animals and people from Haiti to Burma as well as Spring flowers, Brazilian jazz, Bach, a glass of wine and a good party. As one of her close friends said, "She was a bird that flew away." We will miss her terribly. Please come to help us celebrate her life and give wings to her spirit. A service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church at 1419 Pine St., Boulder, on Saturday, May 11, 2013, 3-5 PM, followed by a reception at the Gilburt's home.