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Young Greeley woman who died Tuesday was known as ‘fun’ artist

GREELEY – When Stephanie Marsh was asked to write something about herself in the Greeley Central High School yearbook three years ago, she wrote, “I am an art student; that is why I am so weird.”The 22-year-old self-described “weird” person, whom friends described as “fun,” died in Summit County Tuesday, where she was vacationing with her family.She may have died from heart problems, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson. She was pronounced dead at the Summit Medical Center in Frisco after the Summit County Ambulance Service transported her from her Wildernest vacation house where her family found her deceased in her bed.Marsh was the daughter of Greeley cardiac surgeon Dr. Randall Marsh. She was a 2001 graduate of Greeley Central High School and an art student at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla.To compound the heartache for her family and friends, Stephanie’s sister, Laura Marsh, lost her best friend last week in a Denver-area plane crash. Nadia Barghelame, 20, died Friday in the crash of the plane she was piloting. Her friend was Laura Marsh, who then learned of her sister’s death Tuesday.Stephanie Marsh had been feeling weak and tired the past two days, according to Richardson, and had not skied for those two days. The family was apparently on a skiing vacation since Dec. 17, staying at a house in Wildernest.Richardson said it could be days before the autopsy results will show a cause of death. However, she said an ambulance was called to the house Tuesday when it appeared Stephanie suffered a cardiac arrest.Meanwhile, friends and teachers of Stephanie were remembering her. Mary Lauer, Greeley Central principal, said Stephanie was a talented artist. “She was eccentric, funny and a kid who lived life to its fullest. She was fun to be around and very intellectual.”No details of a funeral have been released.Ed Rogers, the Greeley Central art teacher who knew Stephanie well, said she liked to push the idea of being weird, “simply because she was an artist.””But she was fun-loving and very critical of her own art,” Rogers said. “She was one of the few students I’ve had that had the strength to go on with her dreams of art. I think she would have been a senior at the art school this year.”The Ringling school is one of the best art schools in the nation, Rogers said, and it showed in Stephanie’s improvement as an artist. At times, she returned to Central to talk to Rogers’ art classes. “She always talked a mile-a-minute, but she always said the right things to the students. We had even talked of her going into teaching some day.”Texas man dies in BreckBRECKENRIDGE – A man visiting from Texas died in Breckenridge early Wednesday morning.According to the Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson, 86-year-old Donald Wilder died of natural causes. Just after 5:30 Wednesday morning, an ambulance was called to Sawmill Road in Breckenridge to assist Wilder, who had a significant medical history, Richardson said.Wilder was taken to Summit Medical Center, where he died at 7 a.m.He and his wife had been in town since Monday.


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