Patterson Macdonald Benero, a Denver businesswoman, socialite, journalist, and tireless volunteer, died in Denver on August 17. She is 90 years old.
As a long-term member of the Denver Press Club, she served as the president of the Denver Women’s Press Club in 2001 and 2002. Benero owns a Denver PR company and was co-founded in the 1960s with Judy Gregory. She has worked as a volunteer for the Denver Museum of Art and History for many years, Denver and other pursuits and careers.
“Patterson is a lady of the press club, who lights up the room every time he walks in,”
Alan Carnia, a friend and author, recalled. “She has an obvious New England elegance… As she did at the Capitol Hill apartment party, Patterson controlled the informal gatherings around the Press Club bar, ensuring that even strangers could communicate with others in the room. People get along well. By the end of the night, everyone will share a wonderful story among new friends in the house.”
Patterson was born in New York City on March 21, 1931. He is the only child of sports writer and horse trainer Donald K. McDonald and community nurse Elizabeth Patterson McDonald who works in a New York apartment.
Growing up in Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, she met Joseph L. Benero in New York City, where they married in 1960. She studied at Bryant University and advertised for designer Oleg Cassini in New York.
Benero moved to Denver in 1963 and began writing social columns for The Littleton Independent newspaper. In addition to working in journalism, Patterson is also a real estate agent for Mary Rae and Associates and LiveUrban Denver. She works at Gallery One and runs her own retail store The Cat’s Pajamas in Larimer Square. In the 1970s, she worked as an agent for Vannoy Talent. In 1987, she was named one of the 10 best dressed women in Denver by Denver Magazine.
“Patterson is famous on Capitol Hill, downtown and wherever she lives… She really likes all the speakers, food and events, and she never misses any parties,” her old friend and colleague Sally · Sally Kurtzman (Sally Kurtzman) said. “She’s very funny, always interested in what I’m doing, and then she will move and cover the room. That is her PR background. People like her will not be found soon, she may be asking St. Peter Throw her a welcome party-she will make up the list and find someone to deliver the wine!”
Benero was a champion of the LGBTQ community, especially during the initial HIV outbreak in the early 1980s.She is one of the founders of the organization Grove Colorado AIDS Memorial Public park in Denver.
“She is brave, inspiring and so unique, and I am very proud to be her daughter,” said Christine Benero. “I aspire to be a small part of everything she does.”
Christine Benero, President and CEO of Mile High United Way, said that during difficult times or difficult times, her mother would pick her up with a phrase she often uses, which is a call to action.
“‘Just put on enough honey lipstick,'” Christine Benero recalled. “That’s her style, this is the last word she said to me. “Make sure I have enough lipstick. “
Benero’s daughter Christine is from Denver, and Patti Carlan is from Massachusetts. There is also a son Adam from Kansas.
The service will be held at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver on January 6, 2022. For more than 50 years, Benero hosted the “Partridge Party” on the Epiphany on January 6, the 12th day of Christmas. According to her request, after her upcoming church service, a party with performance tunes and champagne will be held.
You can make a memorial contribution to the Denver Stupid Friends League to commemorate her beloved Jackahua, Jack Russell and Chihuahua’s hybrid named Charlie; or go to the Denver Women’s Press Club.