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Lloydine Burris (née Mecklenburg, née Argüelles), mother, modern dancer, global activist, died peacefully on the 16th of May, in Boulder, Colorado, one of her home cities during a luminous and adventurous life. Born on 15 May 1943 in San Rafael, California, Lloydine grew up in Marin County, north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge, on the southern slopes of Mount Tamalpais, with sisters Sarah and Lily, and brother Preston. At the University of California, Berkeley, she met her first husband, scientist and engineer Arthur Mecklenburg, then earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from UCLA. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Colorado, beginning a lifelong career and passion for dance and the arts. Her two children, Paul and Heidi, were born in Boulder. In the early seventies, she travelled with her family to New York City, where she trained under modern dance pioneer Merce Cunningham. For a time she also studied with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Trungpa Rinpoche. As her children grew toward adulthood, Lloydine embarked on new adventures, with her second marriage in 1983 to scholar and social activist José Argüelles, leading to almost two decades of international travel and teaching. Her family expanded to embrace two step children, Joshua and Tara and their mother Miriam, who remain closely connected as part of her extended family. During her life, Lloydine resided and travelled in more than fifty countries, combining her passion for the arts with global political activism and a fearless spirit of adventure. In later years, she settled in Portland, Oregon, before once more moving back to Boulder to be with her family at the end of her life. Lloydine lived her life with unfailing genuine optimism. Her limitless capacity for love seemed to spread to all who knew her. She was an example of how to be cheerful, kind, and generous, regardless of the challenges intrinsic to human life and human affairs. She loved people, and was supportive and delightful to all those around her, having a natural and sometimes mischievous humor, along with a constant ease and readiness to laugh at her own follies. She revealed deep wisdom, never with a hint of self-righteousness. Remembrances and celebrations have been held in Boulder, Portland, and on the world wide web. Lloydine's joy permeated her life. It remains one of her lasting gifts, carried on through her daughter Heidi, an engineer and designer, her son Paul, a senior United Nations diplomat, his wife Danijela, grand-daughter Hannah, stepdaughter Tara, and step-grandsons Samuel and Benjamin.

Published in The Daily Camera on May 25, 2014
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