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Stark, Arlynne  
Arlynne Stark of Evergreen, formerly of Baltimore, died Nov. 17, 2014, in Denver of complications with cancer. She was 71. She is survived by her husband, Jim Mims, as well as her son, Dr. Jeffrey Samuels, her daughter-in-law, Marsha Krawitz Samuels, and numerous family and friends. In 1997, Arlynne married Jim Mims and moved to Evergreen. She and Jim met 22 years ago, and while opposites in some ways, it made the union more complete and it grew stronger every year. Even before they met, both wanted to move somewhere in the Southwest, and they had many common interests. Arlynne and Jim loved the ocean and walking on the beach, and they enjoyed scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, live board diving in the Fiji Islands and Belize, shark-feeding dives in Nassau and many others. She also had a passion for baby pandas. As a birthday celebration, she and Jim traveled to Atlanta to view the new panda twins and got to feed one of the pandas. Other activities included pottery, papermaking, beading and other art projects. Her interests expanded to the design and creation of jewelry. She designed individual beads and created unique necklaces and earrings, inviting friends and neighbors to learn from her. Her work was shown at the Lakewood Cultural Center and at an artists' co-op in Evergreen. She also rekindled her interest in yoga and Pilates, practicing and also teaching classes in gentle yoga since 2008 at the Body Mind Awareness Yoga Studio. She was a loving, loyal friend, who gave generously of her wisdom, wit and intellect. She listened compassionately and fully. She shared her own story with insight and understanding. Those who knew her appreciated the depth of her commitment to them, her strength of character, and the balance she maintained in the face of life's most difficult challenges. She spoke with love and pride of her family - her husband, Jim; her son, Jeff; her daughter-in-law, Marsha; and the newest family member, whom she referred to as her "grand-dog," Lola. Arlynne grew up with a passion for dance. She attended the Julliard School of Music as a dance major. After an injury ended her dance career, she pursued a career in a new form of psychotherapy known as dance/movement therapy. She participated in the founding of the American Dance Therapy Association in 1966, and served as one of its early presidents. She also worked in psychiatric and mental health facilities in the Baltimore area. She was awarded her degree from the University of Maryland and went on to obtain her master's degree in dance/movement therapy from Goddard College and a master of arts in administrative science from Johns Hopkins University. From 1978 to 1994, she served as professor and director of the Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program at Goucher College in Towson, Md. She developed a successful private practice and worked with several mental health practices. One of her areas of specialization was working with survivors of physical and sexual abuse. She continued her work here in Denver as a clinical supervisor in the mental health field, gradually reducing those activities in favor of her other growing interests. She never gave up. She just got more present, and enjoyed the beauty of life in the moment. Arlynne was diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and battled it successfully. In 2011, it re-emerged and recently became aggressive. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. A memorial service will be planned by her family and friends and will take place in the near future.
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Published in Canyon Courier from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2, 2014
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