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Obituary: Grace Huntington Sparhawk '42

Grace Huntington Sparhawk, mother of former Snowmass Village Town Councilwoman Sally Sparhawk, made her transition on March 10, 2012 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. She was born on Aug. 22, 1919 in New York City and graduated from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1942. Grace was a deeply spiritual person. She was licensed as a Unity teacher (Association of Unity Churches) in 1990 and served as a lay minister in Rochester, N.Y.; Erie, Penn. and Akron, Ohio. She was also a speaker at Unity churches and events in Russia, Canada and the Bahamas. She was a member of one of the first Girl Scout troops, in 1928, and received the Golden Eaglet award, the highest award given to a Girl Scout. She continued in Scouting for 50 years and completed her career as the executive director of the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council. She received the Thanks Badge, the highest award given for exceptional service. An avid volunteer her whole life, she served as a board member for Carbondale Senior Housing from 2000 to 2012 and was the resident chaplain for the complex. In 2003, she raised $5,975 for the Challenge Aspen Marathon Team and, with her daughter, walked the 5K race in Lausanne, Switzerland. She taught more than 500 hours of English as a foreign language in the valley between 2000 and 2010 and received the Volunteer Excellence Award from Literacy Outreach in 2008. She is survived by her daughter, Sally Sparhawk; sons Dr. Roger Sparhawk of Akron, Ohio and John (Jay) Sparhawk of Toledo, Ohio; grandsons John Sparhawk, Thomas Sparhawk and William Sparhawk; great-grand-daughter Katherine Sparhawk; brother John C Huntington Jr.; and six nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. A second memorial will be held, at her request, at a family member's cottage in Ohio the week of the Fourth of July, with fireworks after the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Church in Carbondale or to Unity of the Mountains in Avon, Colo. Grace was known for her kindness, leadership, wisdom and sense of humor. Her life was full of service to others and she made a difference in the lives of the many people she touched. She will be deeply missed by her family, special friends and community.