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In Memory

Katherine "Kathy" McLeod

Kathy McLeod, 81, died on July 3 at 12:15 AM at the Hospice Care Center.

Kathy McLeodNovember 1, 1929 - July 3, 2011

She was preceded in death by a loving generous sister, Juanita McLeod Siebert (Albert); parents, Jere and Evelyn (Golder) McLeod. Kathy leaves behind a sister; Jerelyn McLeod Barnes of Marble; nephews, James (Nancy) Seibert of Grand Junction, and Donald (Cindy) Seibert of Georgia; nieces, Marie Seibert Fox of Hawaii, Donna Barnes (Chris) Connolly of Marble.

The love and availability of relatives sustained Kathy particularly in her later years, as did her faith in Christ. Kathy has been privileged to share life with many great-nieces and nephews, Christine and Alexandria (A.J.) Connolly of New Castle,  Gary (Monica) Connolly of Aurora, Felicia (Garrett) Seibert Caddy of Craig, Ashley (James) Seibert Keeling and Trisha Seibert both of Grand Junction.

Kathy's commitment was to children and families she served diligently in protective services, adoption and foster care. She lived on the eastern slope for more than forty years and spent her last years in western Colorado, being close to family. Her friendships were always important to her and gave her great joy.

Kathy was an assistant professor, first at DU Graduate School of Social Work and subsequently at Colorado State University teaching BS and MSM students in Social Work. In addition to teaching she maintained a private practice in psychosocial therapy for thirty years. The later part of private practice focused on family violence and neurological and biological changes caused by such experiences.

Few people knew of her athletic abilities including going to three softball world tournaments as part of a talented team. She loved sports especially softball and was an amazing pitcher. She had written on her glove in ink as a young woman, "The Lord is my shepherd," encouraging all in a quiet way of her deep faith. She also enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and boating.

Kathy's love of animals sometimes superseded her love of people. Always protecting and giving her all to her furry friends, Spree, her precious German shepherd and two housemates (cats), Molly and Calli.

There are no formal services planned, instead Kathy requested to be cremated and at a later date family and friends are encouraged to have a picnic celebrating life, relationships in the mountains that she loved and where she hunted deer.

Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Martin Mortuary.

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: 970-491-6009