Karolyn Ann Spencer
Karolyn Ann Spencer died Feb. 28, 2009, at University Hospital in Denver.
She was born March 22, 1932. Karolyn grew up in Cleveland, and earned a master’s of social work degree at the University of Chicago in 1961 and was a licensed clinical social worker. Karolyn was listed in Who’s Who in American Women in 1975.
Karolyn was an avid skier who visited the Roaring Fork Valley in the ’60s and happily made the move here later in the ’90s.
For health reasons, Karolyn resigned as director of Feed My Sheep Ministry in February. She founded the homeless outreach organization in 2003. Keenly aware of the impact of the homeless on community life, Karolyn focused on providing a safe, caring oasis where clients could begin to rebuild their lives. Emergency relief, for Karolyn, was just the beginning. In the five years since its beginning in a single motel room at the Silver Spruce Motel, Feed My Sheep developed a winter overnight program, offering shelter during the coldest months, and a day center in the former St. Stephen’s Church on Grand Avenue. It was Karolyn’s dream to see a permanent shelter established with Feed My Sheep before she died.
She was honored with the Garfield County Humanitarian Service Passion for the Mission Award in 2005.
She is survived by a son, David Spencer, of San Diego.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Feed My Sheep Ministry, P.O. Box 842, New Castle, CO 81647
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Mountain View Church in Glenwood Springs.
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