BALCOMB, REV. SARA ALLEN The Rev. Sara A. Balcomb, Episcopal Prist, wife of J. Douglas Balcomb. Died at age 64 at home in Morrison on July 20, after a 3 year battle with ovarian cancer. Born Sara Jane Allen in Bloomington, Indiana on May 5, 1938, daughter of Robert E. Barton Allen and Bertha Rankin Allen. Moved to Phoenix at age 6 and then Albuquerque where she attended Highland High and UNM, where she joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Graduated with a degree in University Studies from UNM in 1977. Married on August 31, 1956 in Albuquerque. Lived in Boston 1956-59, Los Alamos 1959-76, Santa Fe 1976-85, Golden 1985-90, and Morrison 1990-2002. Ordained as a Priest in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Colorado on July 22, 1989 after attending St. Thomas Seminary in Denver and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, earning a Masters of Divinity. Served as Curate of St. Paul's in Lakewood, 1989-91, Vicar and then Rector of St. Matthew's in Parker 1991-1999, and Interim Rector of the Church of the Ascension in Denver, 2001-2002. Survived by her husband, a Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; son Matthew Balcomb; daughter Rachael Nelson; grandchildren Tyson, Tanis and Taryn Balcomb of Portland, OR; grandchildren Monique, Nicholas, Keil and Kevin Nelson of Lakewood; sister Ann Allen of Pierce, AZ; and brother Robert Allen, Jr of Phoenix. Sara's remarkable talent was to establish an immediate connection to everyone she met. She read and understood people in their first moments together and few ever forgot how she instantly related to them. She touched so many and changed their lives. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Sara's name to: Ovarian Research, American Cancer Society, 2255 S. Oneida, Denver, CO 80224. Interment in All Soul's Walk, St. John's Cathedral. Funeral services at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 8545 E. Dry Creek Rd., in Centennial at 12 noon, Tuesday, July 30. Services by Monarch Society.
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Published in Denver Post on July 27, 2002