Lucinda Clair Spencer

March 21st, 1956April 18th, 2018

Though we cannot see you with outward eyes,
We know our soul's gaze is upon your face,
Smiling back at us from within everything
To which we bring our best refinement.

Let us not look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.

When orchids brighten the earth,
Darkest winter has turned to spring;
May this dark grief flower with hope
In every heart that loves you.

 

                                                            • John O’Donahue

 

Our beloved sister, Lucinda Clair Spencer, 62, passed away on April 18, 2018, when severe winds toppled a tree as she played with her dogs outside her home in Louisville, Colorado.  Though our hearts are full of grief at her untimely passing, we are grateful to have had a sister and friend whose generous heart and free spirit touched the lives of so many.

Cinda was born in Pasadena, California, the third of seven children born to Annabel and Lorin Spencer.  She grew up in Claremont and Upland, California, graduating from Upland High School with honors in 1974.  Cinda attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, graduating with a degree in religion and philosophy in 1980.  Her time at Colorado College began a life-long love affair with Colorado.  She moved to Boulder in 1980 and lived in or around Boulder for the next 38 years, including several years in the Nyland Cohousing community in Lafayette.

Cinda was a lover of the out-of-doors, and after completing a Masters in Outdoor education, she worked for several years as an Instructor with Colorado Outward Bound.  She especially loved her Outward Bound groups working with women and troubled youth.  She also worked as a Recreational Therapist at West Pines Behavioral Health in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and studied massage and energy work at the Boulder College of Massage.  Most recently she was using her love of older persons as an elder care home aide working with persons with Alzheimer’s.

Cinda was deeply involved in Asian spiritualties, and a long-time follower and friend of Gangaji, including spending time with her in India.  She took many courses at Naropa University, and continually sought to deepen her understanding and awareness of spiritual and body issues.  She was a talented massage therapist, bringing her healing touch to many.  She reveled in both yoga and dance, merging body and spirit through movement with others.

Cinda was beloved by many for her outsized heart and generosity, which she shared with others without limitation.  In recent years she was especially appreciative of friendships in the yoga, dance, and twelve-step communities. 

Cinda grew up in a large and close family with many days spent camping throughout the American West and especially summers at the Spencer family cabin near Mt. Shasta.  Family remained important to her throughout her life, and she loved to follow the activities of her nine nieces and nephews.  Cinda’s generous spirit was especially drawn to animals, and two of the loves of her life were her two Lhasa sibling dogs, Bella and Wookie.

Cinda is survived by five siblings: Amanda Spencer of Portland, Oregon; Stuart Spencer (Patty) of Mazama, Washington; Martha Spencer (Eric Nelson) of Hydesville, California; Dan Spencer (Pat Burke) of Missoula, Montana; and Sue Cuneo (Peder) of Tucson, Arizona, as well as her nine nephews and nieces: Matt, Sarah, Laurel, Jenay, Katy Ann, Sydney, Spencer, Kyle, and Laurel, and many communities of friends far and wide.

The family is especially grateful for the many people who surrounded Cinda with love and support in the final hours of her life, especially Lucas who held and supported her until the EMTs arrived, and then took care of her dogs; the heroic efforts of the Emergency Room and ICU staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, especially her neurosurgeon, Dr. Andrew Bauer, her trauma surgeon, Dr. William Fry, and Melissa, her ICU nurse; her friends Martine and Elizabeth who stayed by her side until she passed from this life to the next, and all the others we interacted with who treated each of us with unfailing kindness and dignity. Our very deep gratitude goes to her long-time former partner, Frank Hodge, and the many kindnesses he has shown to Cinda and all of us over the years.

Cinda’s remains have been cremated, and her ashes will be spread in some of the places she most loved, including the Spencer family cabin at Medicine Lake, California, and in her beloved Pacific Ocean where she loved to swim with dolphins.  The remainder of her ashes will be interred with our parents, Lorin and Annabel, and our sister, Sara, in Oak Park Cemetery, Claremont, California.

There will be a celebration of Cinda’s life in the Boulder area sometime in mid-May.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gangaji Foundation at https://gangaji.org/ or the Humane Society of Boulder Valley at https://www.boulderhumane.org.

Services

There will be a celebration of Cinda’s life in the Boulder area sometime in mid-May.

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Condolences

I will miss your smile,Lucinda and your wonderful giggles, and your colorful personality and scarfs. We did spend 8 hours together trying to fit your clothes, shoes and art in your little apartment.You were very determined to make it work, I tried to support you in this, although I was hoping you would purge a bit more..I will miss you,Fly high Lucinda, Love Marian
I was your new neighbor and wish there would have been more time to get to know you and your little dogs. I could tell they were precious to you! You were a kind and gentle presence, and I am oh, so sorry that I will no longer look out and see you enjoying your space. You made an impact on me, and I will miss you.
Lucinda, We will miss your soft spoken voice, your contagious smile, and your generous loving heart! Although we only knew you for a short while, we knew you were something special! You took such wonderful care of our Father 'Doc Joe' and treated him with such warmth, tenderness and respect! I'm so happy our family had the pleasure of sharing your beautiful soul with all of us. Fly like and eagle! Anne Dietz and all the Maurer family
I was so incredibly saddened to hear of Cinda’s passing. What an amazing light and heart. She became a friend many years ago and embodied joy, lifting others up as she moved through her life. I was blessed to have known her. Shine on sweet Cinda. I know you are now dancing in THE light. Caroline Roy
Sweet Cinda. I'm devastated to hear that we will no longer be traveling on this journey together in human form. I am so grateful for our many beautiful, deep, genuine moments we shared over our decade-long friendship. Thank you for your ability to see me, hear me and recognize my truest self, loving me just that way. Thank you for being raw, vulnerable and authentic, and for your courageous ability to walk through darkness with others until they saw light again - I will cherish this unique gift! You were a spiritual warrior and that energy will forever remain strong and fierce within each of our lives. We were kindred souls, knowing we had met before! I will miss you beyond words! I hear your voice saying "Hi, sweet one" with that soft voice. I was lucky to have known you and will hold you close to my heart until the day I depart. I love you sweet friend! I send my deepest condolences to Cinda's brothers and sisters, as well as Frank! Sending light and peace to all of you! Love, Ava
Dear Lucinda, though we haven't met each other before but we know that you are a very wonderful sister of Dan. Rest in peace and God will guide you the way.
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for your lovely words, Dan. I feel as though I got to know you sister a bit, without actually having met. You were blessed to have Cinda in your life. We're holding you, Dan and Pat, and the rest of your family in our hearts--from a distance.
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