Kathryn Lane Joslyn Gambell
Kathryn Gambell, 90, of Glenwood Springs, passed away Aug. 19, in Rifle at E. Dene Moore Nursing Home.She was born on May 16, 1916, in Clear Lake, Iowa, to Dr. A.A. Joslyn and Mayme (Smythe) Joslyn. She attended the first kindergarten in Clear Lake, Iowa, and graduated from Our Lady of Angels Academy in Clinton, Iowa, in 1934. While at Iowa State College she had the lead in school operas; she loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. After college she worked as a librarian at Iowa State and was on the local radio station each week reading a story and giving a 15-minute book review.Married to the late Ray Gambell in 1938, she lived in Auburn, N.Y., until 1957 and in Findlay, Ohio, until 1993 when she moved to Glenwood Springs.She was an active member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, where she was a member of Daughters of the King and the Altar Guild, taught Sunday School and sang in the choir at the Episcopal Church. She was a volunteer at Valley View Hospital for 11 years and received the volunteer award in 1999, organized the American Cancer Society daffodil sale for six years and was known to many as the “Daffodil Lady.” She was a member of the Glenwood Springs Garden Club for 12 years and in 2001 was given the Garfield County Humanitarian award for her volunteer work in the community.She is survived by two sons, Thomas Gambell of Glenwood Springs and James Gambell of Mazatlan, Mexico; one sister, Alberta Randell of Iowa City, Iowa; one brother, Thomas Joslyn of Clear Lake, Iowa; and three grandchildren, Sarah Gambell of Glenwood and Alex and Eric Gambell of Fort Wayne, Ind.A Eucharistic celebration of Kathryn’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at St. Barnabas Church in Glenwood Springs. The Rev. Torey Lightcap of St. Barnabas Church will officiate. Cremation has taken place, and her ashes will be interred at Mason City, Iowa, in Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.In lieu of flowers it was Kathryn’s wish that memorial contributions be made to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 546 Hyland Park Drive, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.Rifle Funeral Home has been entrusted with all the arrangements.
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