Janie Crisp passed away June 9, 2008.Janie was born Nov. 2, 1947, in Wichita, Kan., to Dennis and Irma Crisp. Janie was always happy and grew to be a very intelligent, fun-loving child, which carried through to adulthood. When her sister started first grade, she brought her reader home every evening and read the lessons to her. Janie was able to read almost everything on the first-grade level when she started school two years later. Janie graduated from Howard High School, third in her class. She entered college at Emporia, Kan., and worked in the college library through those years. She became qualified to teach English and French. After seven years of teaching in Kansas, she decided to explore the world. She resigned her position in Kansas and explored the possibilities in Colorado. Through night classes and summer school, she became qualified as a librarian. She was hired as a Basalt High School librarian in 1976, then Glenwood Springs High School, retiring in 2005.Janie was a great singer. She sang for weddings and funerals, in the madrigals group and gospel choir. She played French horn in a brass band, and played Mother Superior in Nunsence I & II in Glenwood Springs. She loved local talent productions, participated in many, and made great friends along the way.Janies retirement days were not as she expected them to be. She had health problems that kept her from traveling and enjoying the world, but she never complained.Janie was a member of the Grand Valley United Methodist Church, PEO, and Friends of Cable 12 Television. Her retirement home was in Battlement Mesa. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. Janie is survived by her parents; brother Jim (Denise) Crisp of Chula Vista, Calif.; sister Suzy (Jeff) Springer of Topeka, Kan.; nieces Valerie Crisp of Pacific Beach, Calif., Ashleigh Crisp of Chula Vista, and Stacy (Quinten) Bailey of Topeka; nephews Scott (Danielle) Crisp of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., and Mike (Tami) Springer of Collinsville Ill.; six grand-nieces and nephews; and many close friends who became her Colorado family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Mountain Madrigal Singers, in care of Laura Porterfield, 0601 Canyon Creek Drive, Glenwood Springs CO 81601.A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at Carbondale Community Methodist Church, 285 S. Second St.
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