Adriene Shubkagel

53, wild at heart and loved adventure and exploring the mountains.

Adriene Rae Shubkagel of Nathrop passed away in Saguache. She was born Aug. 25, 1965, in Salida to Butch and Lois Shubkagel.

She graduated from Buena Vista High School with honors in 1983 and was one of two students chosen to attend the Presidential Classroom for Young Americans in Washington, D.C.

Adriene had a huge heart and cared for the elderly. Her clients loved Adriene and especially loved her ability to not only care for them but to have some fun and adventures too. She was wild at heart and loved adventure and exploring the mountains near Buena Vista and the San Luis Valley. As she walked through her favorite places, she gathered rocks to keep, which she treasured. Each held its own significance and beauty to her.

She enjoyed music, attending concerts, making jewelry (wearing it and giving it as gifts) and she had endless compassion and love for animals, in particular her dogs Angel, Jojo, Quinn and little Ricky. She loved her family with a deep sense of commitment. Adriene’s smile and crazy sense of humor were contagious. She is at rest now and will remain forever in our hearts.

Adriene is survived by her father; sisters Martha (Tim) Shea, Suzy (Dan) Broxterman and “adopted” sister Dawn Palo; several close cousins and aunts, including Matthew, Lynne, Eric and April and her beloved Auntie Diana and Aunt Sharon; second cousins Veoria, Erica, Calvin, Brooke, Cody and Andrew with whom she shared a mutual adoration. She also had many dear friends including John Lynch, Brandon Lawrence, Yuri Frolov and her beloved pets.

She was preceded in death by her mother, who was her biggest advocate, offering never ending support and love.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, July 4, at 2 p.m. at a private ranch in Buena Vista. Directions: .8 miles south on CR 339 (turn at drive-in). Friends are welcome to wear their favorite tie dye or concert tee (preferably Fleetwood Mac or heavy metal). A reception will be held immediately following at 656 S. Gunnison Ave. Buena Vista.

Inurnment will be held later at the Antioch Cemetery in Frankfort, Kan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ark-Valley Humane Society, 701 Gregg Drive in Buena Vista.

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