Longtime northwest Aurora resident and former lawmaker Stephanie Takis died Aug. 5 at home. She was 69.
A memorial celebration in her honor is slated for 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at Moorhead Park, 2390 Havana St.
Ms. Takis was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Oct. 16, 1944. She was a former Aurora city councilwoman, state representative and state senator. She was much admired by fellow Democrats as being a forthright legislator, loyal to her Aurora and Adams County constituents.
She joined the Aurora City Council in 1989 and served until 1992. She was a financial analyst. She was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1996 and served two terms. She was elected to the Colorado Senate in 2000, and another term in 2004.
Among honors, she was tabbed as a Sculptor of our Community in 2007 for dedicating more than 40 years in public service and politics.
“It makes me feel honored,” Takis said in a March 14, 2007 Aurora Sentinel story. “So many wonderful women have been named as Sculptors of our Community. Learning how a community was put together is probably the biggest benefit.”
In 2006, she was honored as a Circle of Life recipient at the 16th annual Circle of Life awards, given to people who have served in the community. A Douglas fir tree was planted at Moorehead Park in her honor.
In a 2004 Aurora Sentinel endorsement for her state House seat race, the Sentinel said, “Takis is a consistent advocate for elderly, poor and middle-class residents who have big needs and few paid lobbyists under the gold dome. In a district that has some of the most gritty urban and quiet rural parts of the state, Takis has been able to strike a fair balance in the message she conveys to fellow lawmakers at the Capitol.”
She recently worked to create a hall of fame program honoring Aurora women.
Arrangements were handled by Newcomer in Aurora. There were no services, and the family did not advise on memorials or donations.