Cedaredge resident Karen "Leslie" Delk died Oct. 14, 2017, at her home. She was 72.
She was born Jan. 5, 1945, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Robert and Jeraldine (Cooper) Delk.
She spent her childhood in Cahokia, Ill., and graduated from Cahokia High School, where she was class president. She graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Law.
She was a public defender who specialized in capital punishment cases. One of her last cases was featured in John Grisham's, "An Innocent Man." An invitation to speak in England and Italy for Amnesty International led to her passion for travel.
After retiring from law, she taught English in Korea and lived in Ireland before moving back to the U.S., settling in Cedaredge. While in Korea, she adopted a four-week-old puppy named "Ozzie" who became her companion for the rest of her life.
Ms. Delk volunteered for Pioneer Town and as the manager for the Shelter Shoppe.
She is survived by her son, Erik of Cedaredge; two brothers, Bob (Carey Matovich) Delk of Columbus, Mont., and Barry Delk of Tuscon, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her son, Mel.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.