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A special Thank you to all of our family and friends for all you have done and for the never ending support while we grieve!!


I stood beside your bed last night,
I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying
quietly in your sleep.

I touched you softly
as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you,
I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."

I was close to you at breakfast,
I watched you pour coffee,
You were thinking of how much
you longed to be with me.

I was with you at the store today,
Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels,
I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today,
You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you,
that I'm not really there.

I walked with you to the house,
as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my hand on you,
I smiled and said, "It's me."

You looked so very tired,
and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know,
that I was standing there.

It's possible for me to be
so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty,
"I never went away."

You sat there very quietly,
then smiled, I think you knew...
In the stillness of that evening,
I was very close to you.

The day is over... I smile and say
as I watch you yawning,
"Good night, God bless
I'll see you in the morning."

And when the time is right for you
to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you,
we'll stand side by side.

I have so many things to show you,
there's so much for you to see.
Be patient, live out your journey
then come home to be with me.
-Author Unknown


Written by:
Lyn Kingery (Great Aunt )... a big thank you!

God needed another rosebud
for his garden in the sky

He Reached down to gather Brenda
Tho you may wonder "Why?'

We know you have fond memories
of this daughter, wife and mother

as she lived her life among you
I'm sure there was no other
(Who loved her family more!)

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Brenda Downare who was born in Colorado on September 10, 1975 and passed away on November 04, 2006 at the age of 31. We will remember her forever.

To say we will remember her forever is an understatement. She was and still is such a big part of our lives just as she had a big personality and stature.

Our hearts are broken and the fact that there are so many unanswered questions as to why this tragic event happened that fateful morning will never be known. We only face the aftermath of grief as family and friends.

Please feel free to light a candle on this website in her memory, share stories in Her Legacy or photos in the Photo Album which will bring comfort to those she has left behind.

As family and friends we were very close, and we're glad you found God, were a Believer and had faith. We miss you Brenda! We'll love you forever! See You in Heaven! 

This was taken from the BC Democrat

She was born Sept. 10, 1975 in Pueblo, CO to Ronald Lee and Rebecca Lynn (Showalter) Six.  She had been a registered nurse.  She married Cody Vaughn Downare on May 17, 2003, in Las Animas.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Cody Downare; two daughters, Kristen Leigh Nickell and Codi Jaye Downare; her parents, Ronald and Rebecca Six of Las Animas;  her parents-in-law, Chris P. and Cheri Lynn Downare of Canon City; one brother, Joseph R. (Kisha) Six of La Junta; one sister, Sherri Lynn Six of Las Animas; grandparents, Jay and Ann Showalter and Gilbert and Zola Six, all of Las Animas;  grandparent-in-law, Vaughn and FLorine Downare of La Jutna, Howard Morris of Pueblo and Lois Udema of Saguache; and sisters-in-law, Chrissy (Koby) Dunkin and Catie (Wayne) Miller both of Hartsell. 

Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. (Thursday), Nov. 9, 2006 at the First United Methodist Church in Las Animas with Horber Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.  

Mommy, you filled our days with rainbow lights,
fairytales and sweet dream nights,
A kiss to wipe away our tears,
Gingerbread to ease our fears.
You gave the gift of life to us,
And then in love, we set you free.
I thank you for your tender care,
for deep warm hugs and being there.
I hope that when you think of us ,
A part of you, you'll always see.

We miss you mommy
Kristen Leigh 
Codi Jaye

I Miss You 

Silhouettes dance within my heart
Casting omnipresent shadows of you
And yet there remains an echo
An eerie silence of loneliness
Deafened by dreaded emptiness
In a place you once tread

Those childhood memories remain
Absence the fondness you shared
The gentleness of your touch
Supported by words of compassion
Always teaching, reaching 
I feel your presence around me 

Though I see you daily
From visions of the past 
Till our souls meet again 
I know your always within 

Love, Amy

A memorial Fund had been set up at First National Bank of Las Animas for her daughters, Kristen and Codi Jaye.

Click here to see Brenda Downare's
Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
Christmas In Heaven!   / Kasi Leger (Close Friend! )
'Tis Christmas in Heaven - What a beautiful sight! It's my first one here; Everything is all right. The crib is adorned With the brilliance of the star; Wisemen have come From near and far. I've met all our dear ones Who preceded us here; The reunion...  Continue >>
It's been too long!   / Kasi Leger (Friend)
Wow it's been so long! I still remember our good times like they just happened. I am so glad that we got to be friends. You truly were an amazing part of my life, and still are! I think of you and your beautiful girls all the time! It still tears me ...  Continue >>
I Miss You So Much   / Kasi Leger (Close Friend )
I think of you everyday and can't believe that it's been more than a year already! There are so many things that I wish I could tell you!  I dreamed of you the other night!  You came to me and told me that you were sorry for leaving.  ...  Continue >>
Why a nightmare...   / Sherri Six (little sister )
My dearest Bren... words cannot say how much we all miss you.  I know you are there with me each step I take, helping me, guiding me, and most importantly, to work at being the best person and mom to my kids as you have always done, setting an e...  Continue >>
with love   / Nancy Tanner (neighbor)
I always think of you all with love.  Brenda, especially, was a special part of our lives at 6th and Maple.  All the laughs and good times make the sadness of her death a little more bearable.  She had a remarkable capacity for life - ...  Continue >>
starting over again  / Sherri Lynn (little sister )    Read >>
Don't strike me with the lightening!  / Sherri Lynn     Read >>
A Playdoh Dream  / KRISTEN NICKELL (DAUGHTER)    Read >>
Dear Sixes - Nov 6, 2006  / Amy Tanner     Read >>
How important you are  / Kasi Leger (Friend)    Read >>
I think of you all of the time  / Chrissy Dunkin (sister-in-law)    Read >>
Cruising Las Animas  / Larry Brakefield (Cousin)    Read >>
Brenda's Favorite Poem  / Mom &. Dad     Read >>
Codi Jaye  / Amy (friend)    Read >>
Advice For Those Who Don't Know What To Say - From Rita Moran's Poem  / Mom &. Dad (Parents)    Read >>
More tributes and condolences...
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Her legacy
This was read at her funeral  

Brenda Eileen Six, was born on September 10, 1975 to Ronnie and Becky Six in Pueblo, CO.  They lived in Pueblo before moving in 1977 to Willowdale, Kansas, where her father taught school for three years.  Her baby sister Sherri Lynn was born in Kansas and they all returned to live in Las Animas in 1980.  Joseph Ryan joined the family as the little brother in 1982.  Brenda graduated from Las Animas High School in 1993 and then attended Otero Junior College where she earned her Associate of Science Degree in Nursing.  On September 23, 1995, Brenda and Cory Nickell became the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, Kristen Leigh.  Brenda, Kristen and Cory moved to Greeley where Brenda worked as a Registered Nurse.  After having back surgery and being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Brenda returned to Las Animas where her parents could care for her.  On May 17, 2003, she married the love of her life, Cody Downare.  They shared their lives together in Las Animas.  On July1, 2006, they were blessed with another beautiful 4 pound one ounce baby girl and named her Codi Jaye.  Brenda cherished her girls and her family.  Her sense of humor, remembrance of everyone's special days, putting everyone else's needs above her own along with that special twinkle in her eyes made her an inspiration to all.  
After many years of pain and suffering, Brenda joined Jesus in Heaven on November 4, 2006.  
There aren't any words to express the ways she will be missed. 

Sometimes in life we have to endure
Many things we don't want to face.
But my daughter I can say for sure
Your memory I'll forever embrace.

You're a very special young woman
We love you and miss you each day.
Please send us a message if you can
We need to know you're okay.

"I am in Heaven and I'm pain free
I can fly with my angel wings ^i^
I'm happy and healthy, dear family
No more illness or the pain that it brings."

"So don't be sad or wallow in grief
Live your lives happily.
Being in Heaven has brought me relief Please be happy for me."

"One day we'll be together again
You need to believe with your heart.
The day will come, we don't know just when
That nothing will keep us apart."

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There's that sparkle!
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