Inge Edgard Bertha Verhaegen
1966 - 2020
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"Live the life you love, love the life you live."

Inge lived life out loud. She was fiercely loyal, principled, kind and passionate.Her family ALWAYS came first, yet she still had time to make everyone else in her life feel important as well.
Inge Edgard Bertha Verhaegen was born in Wilrijk, Belgium, to Willy & Chris Verhaegen on August 22, 1966. She lived each of her 53 years fully, intentionally and generously. She was an avid traveler and journeyed to all corners of the earth to take in its beauty, visiting many countries on six continents. She loved hiking, being outdoors and Belgian chocolate.
She was an accomplished gymnast, pharmacist, a beautiful skier (alpine, Nordic and telemark), hockey player, musician, gift giver and bargain hunter, and she was fluent in Flemish, English, French, Inge-lish, and speaking her mind. But most importantly, she was a devoted mother to her daughter Edde and son Braden; steadfast partner to the love of her life, husband Brad; loving daughter, sister, aunt, niece and cousin; and a friend to everyone she met.
She received her associates degree from Marymount California University and her pharmacy degree from University of Colorado Boulder where she met Brad, whom she married in Antwerp on May 31, 1997, in a celebration fit for Belgian royalty. She worked as an inpatient pharmacist at Vail Valley Medical Center for 10 years before helping to establish the inpatient pharmacy at Animas Surgical Hospital.
Inge loved to entertain and share her "gezellige" home-as long as you removed your shoes! Schnikes. She cherished sunsets sipping a glass of wine or a Stella surrounded by beautiful hummingbirds and lush views of the Animas Valley. Her ridiculously radiant smile was infectious, her humor hilariously unbridled, and she looked equally fabulous in sandals and socks as she did in haute couture. Inge was truly the life of the party; when she arrived-late-the air became a little more electric.
She humbly rode the Iron Horse bike race at her friends' pace instead of at the speed in which her stunningly superior physique could have landed her in Silverton before the train. She could climb the Sky Steps in a couple of minutes, but found much more value in enjoying the company of whomever was stepping with her. She was a force, her spirit incredibly strong until her very last breath. She never took for granted the wonderful life she was given, and she lived it gratefully.
Inge's ferocious battle with pancreatic cancer ended on May 10, 2020, in Durango, Colorado, with her family, including her care-giving sister Karin, at her side. She is celebrated by her husband Martin Bradley Lyons, MD; children Edde Lyons and Braden Lyons; parents Willy and Christiane Verhaegen; sisters Karin and Christ'l; brothers Jan, Mark and Dave; nieces and nephews Estelle, Guillaume, Gaétan, Brian, Matthew, Chloé and Emma; parents-in-law Nancy Lyons, and Doug and Pam Lyons; and siblings-in-law Doug Jr (Sheri) and Stan (Nicole). In lieu of flowers, please do some unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone in her name. There will be a Celebration of Life to honor the spirit of our Belgian Sunflower as soon as gatherings large enough are permitted again-and if it's outdoors, you can keep your shoes on. Or better yet, take them off and dance.

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Published in The Durango Herald on May 20, 2020.
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May 28, 2020
We met during the remodling of their home. Her vivacious personality was amazing. The day was always brighter when we met with her. Or sincere condolences to Brad & his family.
Ray & Diane Kowalsky
(formally, Pine River Glass)
Diane Kowalsky
May 27, 2020
I haven't seen Inge for about 25 years. We worked together at King Soopers pharmacy in Aurora where I grew up. I was shocked to hear the news as she was always so athletic and healthy. A funny story I still remember is we had a girls night at her apartment and was getting ready to go to a party. I asked if I could put some makeup on her and do her hair. Well, if you all know Inge, she hated wearing makeup and I knew she wouldn't want much, so I barely put a few strokes of mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow. She looked gorgeous as always to me but she looked in the mirror and said I made her look like a hooker so she wiped it all off and then we went to the party. She was very funny, generous and hospitable. We should have stayed in touch after she moved away RIP Inge
May 26, 2020
Inges happiness was a joy to encounter. She was an amazing woman. I am so sorry to hear of her illness and her passing. Wishing her husband, children and family, strength and peace at this difficult time.
Annette Zuccolillo
May 26, 2020
A beautiful lady with an infectious smile! A life of the party wherever she went! She will be missed by many. My condolences Brad, Edde and Braden. Hugs to all of you. Thinking of all of you always. CJ Wise
May 25, 2020
Only took 12 years, but the Mid-Ice Crisis finally won the championship two years ago. But all 14 years (first 2 years as the Lipsticks) were a blast
Kim Cofman
May 24, 2020
Two weeks already, girlfriend. How can it be? Heartbroken and emptier. Ik hou van jou. xoxo
Kim Cofman
May 24, 2020
I am sorry to hear this Brad. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.
Ashley Rockelmann
May 23, 2020
What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful being. To know Inge was to love her, from the minute I met her I thought I want to be just like this powerhouse of a woman, I feel lucky to have even been on the edges of her light. Thinking of her family knowing grief lasts as long as love does. I am so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful mother, wife and friend to all whom she loved.
Katie Bisogno
May 23, 2020
Inge was such a bright light in this world. Cancer is an awful disease. My heart goes out to everyone that loved her.
Julie Korb
May 23, 2020
I did not have the pleasure of getting to know Inge. I obviously missed a great blessing! May the Lord pour His abundant blessings and comfort to all who mourn!!
Nancy Eakin
May 23, 2020
I Feel so lucky to have known Inge in all her playfullness and joy of life. I remember a couple years ago, maybe three, Inge wanted to participate in my Sport Pump weights class at DGO Sports Club. She did not have workout clothes with her. I had an extra tennis style skirt in my locker i gave her to wear. It was not something you would ever see Inge wear, and she looked absolutley adorable in it! She was spontaneous and fun like that. Such a great spirit. She will be missed and she will always be loved.
Maggie Grenier
May 22, 2020
Our deepest condolences for Brad, Edde, Braden and all of Inge's family and friends. Sending lots of love and prayers. We have fun memories with Inge at hockey. She was a fun and generous person.
The Killinen Family
May 22, 2020
Donna Chase
May 20, 2020
Another Courage classic one
Gretchen Dubit
May 20, 2020
At the Courage Classic
Gretchen Dubit
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