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Lorna Virginia Kissinger

May 18, 1945 August 9, 2016
Lorna Virginia Kissinger
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Lorna Virginia Kissinger—loyal and loving wife, generous and present mother, and the definition of doting “Grandy” to 5 grandchildren—fell into the loving embrace of her Friend and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, after passing away quietly in her sleep.

A proud Colorado native, Lorna enjoyed success in her career as an executive secretary, serving the offices of Governor John Love (1966-1971), Clyde G. Kissinger Sr. of Kissinger Petroleum (1971-1976), and Frederick Hamilton of Hamilton Brothers Oil (1976-1978). In 1974, she made a new friend at work—the son of her boss at Kissinger Oil, Gene Kissinger. He fell in love with the framed picture of herself she kept on her desk. She fell in love with his strong hands and charming humor. They married in Aspen, CO, on December 17, 1977. Having enjoyed the fulfillment of her career goals in administrative service, she waved a happy goodbye to the corporate world and whole-heartedly devoted herself to her family. Embracing her husband’s budding career as Missions Pastor of their large church, she boldly went where no housewife had gone before—climbing the Great Wall of China, sharing Bibles in front of the Kremlin during the collapse of the Soviet Union, sleeping in a primitive hut in the northern jungles of Thailand, and thoughtfully preparing and joyfully hand-delivering practical and delightful care packages to missionary families all around the world. A dedicated and active member of Cherry Hills Community Church, Lorna used her gifts of administration with enthusiasm and humility, transcribing sermons for Pastor Jim Dixon for over 25 years. In the end, her knowledge of Greek and Hebrew probably exceeded that of her husband and son, both of whom graduated with seminary degrees. Always ready with the perfect one-liner for any situation, Lorna was a sought-after friend and counselor for many. Her best nuggets of wisdom included: “This too shall pass,” “It is what it is,” and “You can’t put an old head on young shoulders.” Her world-wide collection of email buddies will sorely miss the daily influx of outrageous political commentary, hilarious jokes and photos, animated cartoons, and personal notes with detailed updates about her beloved grandkids. Her grandkids—Ariel (7), Jane (4), Travis (2), soon-to-be grandson (due Sept. 6), and sweet baby Micah (October 4-7, 2011)—will sorely miss the new treats and surprises they received with every visit and the joyful encouragement and loving attention of their Grandy. Her kids—Mandy Kissinger Dempsey (37), and JJ Kissinger (35)—will sorely miss their ever-present advisor, cheerleader, generous caretaker, hilarious family historian, and faithful prayer warrior. Her husband—Gene Kissinger—will miss his best friend, his lover, his heart. They didn’t enjoy doing anything with anyone as much as they enjoyed doing nothing with one another. Lorna spoke freely about death. Her soul was eager for heaven. In recent years, as she reflected on her life with perfect satisfaction, she would imagine joining the embrace of heaven with nothing else to say but, “Thank you, Lord, it’s been an incredible ride!”

Lorna’s parents, George and Margaret Glass, her brother Jerry Glass, and her grandson Micah Dempsey preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, children, and grandchildren, as well as her brother Steve Glass, niece Crystal Berger, daughter-in-law Lisa Kissinger, son-in-law Matt Dempsey, and a loving clan of extended family and close friends.

Those who loved Lorna up-close and from afar are invited to join a celebration of her life on Tuesday, August 23, at 11:00 AM at the Chapel at Cherry Hills Community Church. To honor the immediacy with which Lorna offered support, care, encouragement, and resources to those in need, please contact someone you love—show and tell them why you care. Pick up the phone, send a card, or (of course!) just send an email.

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Funeral Service




11:00 AM 8/23/2016 11:00:00 AM
Cherry Hills Community Church

3900 Grace Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Services will be held in the Chapel at Cherry Hills Community Church.

Cherry Hills Community Church
3900 Grace Blvd. Highlands Ranch 80126 CO
United States

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University Presbyterian Church
4540 15th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Make checks payable to University Presbyterian Church, and include "Side-by-Side" in the memo line, in memory of Lorna Kissinger.

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