Lynn Marie (Statires) Kram

Lynn Marie (Statires) Kram, age 57, of Pine, Colo., passed away in March, in the company of her dogs Mikey and Utay. Born in Boston on March 18, 1964 to Janice Theodore, Lynn was adopted and welcomed into the family of Mona and Nicholas “Chick” Statires of Manchester, N.H.

As a child, Lynn stood out from the rest and was different in a way that made her special and admired by her classmates. She excelled in athletics, academics, friendships and dance, pursuing everything with dedication and creativity. Dance was her ultimate passion.

Lynn graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1982 to pursue her dream of dancing professionally. She was accepted into the Boston Ballet at age 17. She continued her ballet career with Les Ballet Jazz du Montreal and Les Grand Ballets Canadien, where she danced with Baryshnikov.

Dance led her to Colorado, where she performed with the Colorado State Ballet. She finished her career at the David Taylor Dance Theatre. Consumed by her love of dance, she taught for seven years in prestigious dance studios, mentoring dancers throughout the Denver area. She was proud to have choreographed over 40 ballets.

Retiring in 1996 due to injuries, Lynn pursued another form of dance with clay. She found the technique of throwing pottery similar to the study and discipline of ballet. Lynn incorporated movement into her pottery in the colors of her stoneware and the sculptural shapes of her raku. Like ballet, so much‌ of‌ ‌the‌ ‌beauty‌ ‌came‌ ‌from‌ her ‌hands. She named her unique approach “Clay Basket Pottery.” Her pieces were found in shops and at arts and craft shows throughout the area.

In her final career, Lynn’s ever-expressive hands were also integral. They treated animals with love, empathy and compassion as a veterinary technician. She followed this calling until a debilitating injury left her unable to continue.

Lynn found comfort and joy in her pink log cabin in the Rocky Mountains. It was her dream come true. She was passionate about and fulfilled by her dogs, of which she had many. She was laid to rest on the land she shared with them for over 25 years in a green burial service that restored her to the earth as she had wished.

Lynn was predeceased by her birth mother Janice Theodore, her mother Mona (Schmidt) Statires and her father Nicholas (Chick) Statires. She is survived by her brother Gregory Statires of Manchester, N.H. She will be missed by many, both her close, life-long friends and the multitudes of others whose lives she touched with her kindness, vision and infectious smile.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs (www.medicalservicedogs.org).