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Kay Stark - July 28, 2012

Carolyn “Kay” Stark died surrounded by the loving support of family on July 28, 2012 at her home in Eaton after a courageous 3½-year battle against soft tissue sarcoma (cancer). Kay was born in Phillips County on March 1, 1941, the daughter of Otis and Lois (Hageman) Artman. She lived in the Greeley-Eaton area much of her life.

Kay attended Holyoke High School, graduating in 1959. While still in high school, she began work in the “healing” arena as a nursing aide in Phillips County Hospital. She graduated from radiology school (Greeley) in 1963 and worked in the health care field for much of her life, serving many different capacities of the field in Greeley, Denver and Longmont. She worked for more than 25 years in medical billing before she retired in 2006.

Kay was also committed to holistic healing practices. Many clients, family and friends benefited from her work as a Healing Touch practitioner. She also worked with aromatherapy and essential oils, was a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils and was an educator in the field.

Kay was instrumental in spearheading the Widowed Persons Social Group through Greeley’s hospice organization (2003-present) and was a member of Questers. Her family will remember her angel food cakes, apple pies, peanut brittle and gravy! She loved traveling, played cards and treasured her circle of friends who were an immense support for her over the past three years.

Kay was preceded in death by her husband, Hank Stark; mother and father, Lois and Otis Artman; and sister, Sharon Van Dorn. For all of those who went before her, she was a compassionate and generous caregiver.

She is survived by her daughters, Mona Scott and husband Derek and Kathie Hertzke and husband Rick; grandchildren, Ana and Bekah Scott, Jeff Hertzke and wife Jackie, Brad Hertzke and wife Jessi and Greg Hertzke; great-grandchildren, Gabbie, Nolan and Ryleigh Hertzke; sister, Jeanne Guisinger and husband Gary of Perry, Maine; and brother, Ed Artman and wife Marilyn of Bothell, Wash.

A memorial service for Kay was held July 31 at Faith Lutheran Church in Eaton.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Kay may consider making a contribution to the Carolyn Kay Stark Memorial Fund (c/o Mona Scott, 905 Falcon Ridge Ct., Eaton, CO 80615), which will be used to provide support to local sarcoma education, research and support.