Lucille Isenhart Obituary (2021) – Boulder, CO


Lucie was a happy baby and a brave little girl. His childhood was marked by many friendships, some of which continue today. She excelled in school at all levels, graduating from Cherry Creek High School where she participated in debates and sang with the Meistersingers. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1987 and received her Masters in Psychology from the Seattle Campus of Antioch University. She is fluent in French and Spanish. In Seattle, Lu met Paul Sommer and they returned to Boulder together. In 1994, they got married. Lu and Paul had two children, Adeline May Sommer (born 1999) and Grayson Lane Sommer (born 2005). Lu had a clear vocation for teaching and excelled at it. She taught elementary school at University Hills in Boulder, then began teaching ancillary courses for the Foothills and Denver Community Colleges, where she was named Teacher of the Year. She then completed a doctorate. at the University of Colorado, Department of Communication. She taught auxiliary courses there for several years with great success and personal development. She brought that same combination of empathy and intelligence to her passion for books. Lucie’s artistic vein was deep. Although she never used her artistic abilities for professional purposes, the way she dressed, her attention to style in their home, and the amazing garden she created all reflected this talent. She was a gourmet cook and a real foodie. Musically, she played the piano, the flute and her voice was real. She loved concerts and attended at least one dance performance every year with her mother. Her own dance was wild and wonderful. Lucie listened to the needs of others and volunteered in a number of community programs in Boulder. She was a staunch and puzzled Democrat for a number of candidates; during Obama’s inauguration, she took her daughter to Washington to celebrate, along with other friends and their teenage daughters. She has traveled several times as a research analyst for a Rotary program enabling leadership development for indigenous women in Peru. Lucie was a true Colorado girl, starting her outdoor career in a backpack on her father’s back. Later, she organized annual hiking trips for a group of “girlfriends” and their daughters. She was proud to be a feminist and turned out to be an excellent fly fisherwoman. She, Paul and their children have experienced many adventures in backpacking, rafting and skiing. Lu is survived by husband Paul, beloved children Addie and Gray, devoted parents Frank and Myra Isenhart, brother Chip and wife Jill Isenhart, as well as brother Chas and wife Raquel Isenhart. And by so many friends with whom she has loved and laughed over the years. The light she left us will never go out. A family funeral was held on September 19, 2021.

Posted by The Daily Camera on September 26, 2021.


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