Three days ago, on Tuesday the 12th, we at Ascension lost a long time sister in Christ, our dear friend Lucia Cowperthwaite. Lucia died a peaceful and holy death in her own home, surrounded by her family and lifted up with many prayers. Lucia was a remarkable woman, and a life long parishioner of Church of the Ascension. She was one of the first parishioners to welcome me and Meredith when we arrived here in the summer of 2012. And over the next few years I would enjoy many visits with her both at church and at her home. Lucia raised her family at Ascension, and marriages and baptisms followed through the years. She was a pillar of our community, and a faithful and cheerful friend to so many. On behalf of Lucias family, we dedicate this Friday e-mail to her live well lived. All at Ascension are invited to her funeral this Monday the 18th at 11am, at Church of the Ascension. Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your master. And may her soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercies of God, rest in peace, and rise in glory.
Lucia Boyle Cowperthwaite
A Denver native, Lucia died at home on January 12, 2016, surrounded by her family.
Born on August 10, 1930 to Earl Craig Boyle and Lucia Candace Potter Boyle in Denver Colorado, Lucia was one of four children. She had two older brothers, Dick and Robert, and a twin sister, Lucile (Teely). Her father died when Lucia and Teely were very young children. During the girls' middle school years, they and their mother lived briefly in Los Angeles. Lucia graduated from the Kent School for Girls in 1948. She attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she became an active member in the Pi Beta Phi sorority, finishing her studies and graduating from Connecticut College in New London, Ct.
In 1959, she married A. Stephen Cowperthwaite. They had first met as teenagers at the Church of the Ascension and shared many Denver friends and common interests. The young couple purchased their first and only home in the Stokes Place-Green Bowers neighborhood in 1963. They had two children, Kevin, born in 1961 and Tom, born in 1963. She and Steve enjoyed activities involving the boys' schools and their church. The family loved times in the mountains and travels in the US, Mexico, and Europe. Vail and the Williams Fork Valley were places particularly special to the family.
Lucia was a homemaker and a community volunteer. She was a docent for the Denver Public Library, a volunteer in the Denver Art Museum gift shop, sang in the Ascension Choir for 40 years, as well as participating in many church activities. She enjoyed gardening, reading and her monthly Pi Phi lunches. Lucia was truly a pillar both of her community and within the Boyle and Cowperthwaite families. Her children and grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, siblings, and in-laws loved and treasured her. She had a consistent and caring presence that could always be depended on, and she was filled with laughter and positivity. Very few things, except the Broncos' losing, could bring her down.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and sister. After Steve's untimely death, she soldiered on and had wonderful times with her family and friends. She developed a close relationship with Jim Shepherd, who also preceded her in death. She is survived by her sons, Kevin (Wendy) and Tom (Irene), three grandsons (Colin, Noah and Henry), many loving members of the Boyle, Chapman and Cowperthwaite families, as well as numerous friends.
Memorial Service, Monday, January 18, 11:00 AM, Church of the Ascension, 600 Gilpin St. Burial Service for family members, Monday, January 18, 2:00 PM, Fairmount Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Church of the Ascension or the Denver Public Library.