We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Heritage Funeral and Cremation Services
Kathleen C. Lehman was born in Mexico, Missouri on April 21, 1941, the only child of W.D. and Corinne Clark. She attended the University of Colorado Boulder, where she met and fell in love with Richard A. Lehman. The Couple were married August 31st, 1963 in her hometown. Dick and Kaki bought a home in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, where they welcomed their two children into the world: Laura Sinclair-Harry and Bruce Lehman.
The family built a home in Parker, Colorado in 1972 and became active in building community there. Dick and Kaki were among the founding members of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Parker. Like many of her generation, she was torn between pursuing a career and looking after her family. She found work in a greenhouse and a bookstore both very rewarding and a pull away from home life. Kaki was happiest when she found work in the Douglas County Library system, becoming director for a number of years.
Kaki believed in life-long learning. She held multiple degrees including: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, B.A. in Education, a Masters in Library Science, and a Certificate as a Paralegal. She watched the Great Courses until her final days and led a multigenerational book club for several decades. Her final career was working as a Paralegal for Arnorld & Porter in Denver and Nagle and Higgins in Naperville, IL. She and Dick relocated back to Illinois in 1986 to be near Dick’s Family. After her ‘retirement’ she spent several years as Nanny to her grandchildren, Caitlyn, Emma and Clark Sinclair-Harry and was an integral presence and support in their lives.
Where Dick loved to socialize and travel, Kaki’s hobbies were more introverted. During the Park Hill years they made life-long friends with whom they had gourmet dinner parties. Gardening was a life-long passion, at its most extensive during the Parker Years, but continued to her beloved flower plot in Erie. Kaki adored cats and dogs and always had a couple dear furry companions in her life. She excelled at needle crafts, sewing and even tailoring suits for her children, making fabric art, needlepoint and crewel work, and in her latter years knitting socks for everyone. She loved duplicate bridge and tabletop gaming, as well as online gaming. She always had a puzzle on the go, a book she was reading, and spiritual exploration underway. She joined Boulder Valley Universal Unitarian Church in her last years where she made new friends. Her sharp mind and thoughtfulness always made for excellent conversation.
Kaki is survived by her daughter and family: Laura, Phil, Caitlyn, Emma and Clark Sinclair-Harry, her son and family: Bruce, Valeria, Elizabeth and Brandon Lehman, and one great-grandchild: Liam Sinclair-Harry. She died suddenly at home. A memorial ceremony will be held at BV Universal Unitarian Church in Lafayette, Sat June 25th at 1p. Kaki will be laid to rest with her Sinclair ancestors at Fairmount Cemetery in Jetmore, Kansas on Mon June 27th, 2022. Donations made be made to the church or to the Boulder Valley Humane Society.