Emily L. Bissell

Emily Lucas Bissell was born to Nick and Catherine Lucas April 7, 1918 in Newark, New Jersey. Emily graduated from Georgian Court College in 1940 and went on to get her Master of Arts from Adams State College in 1975. She moved to Kremmling, Colorado in 1946 to operate a ranch with her husband Leonard, who returned from Europe after World War II where he served as a recon scout. In 1951 she moved to the family ranch in Black Forest , Colorado. She raised three sons while her husband Leonard, operated an advertising agency in Colorado Springs. During this time Emily was instrumental in forming School District Twenty. She served on the board of education for that same school district from 1958 until 1968. After her three sons graduated from high school she taught special education for the Board of Cooperative Services and School District Twenty. In 1983 she retired from teaching and traveled the world in tall ships including a trans-ocean crossing. She volunteered at The Fine Arts Center, Penrose Hospital and Edith Wolford Elementary. Emily was an avid Mahjong player, member of the Cowbells and other civic organizations.

Emily is survived by her three sons; Leonard Bissell Jr., Denver, Colorado; Nicholas and Lana Bissell, Pagosa Springs, Colorado; Mark Bissell, Black Forest, Colorado, and three grandsons Lucas and Cristy Bissell, Denver, Colorado; John Bissell, Boulder, Colorado; and Rory Bissell, Phoenix, Arizona.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to The Academy Education Foundation in memory of Dougy Dell, 1965 graduate of Air Academy High School, student body president from Black Forest and the first combat fatality from School District Twenty to lose his life serving our country. The Academy Education Foundation, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado , 90820, attention Jeanette VanDoren.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Bissell Family ranch located at 10160 Vollmer Road, Black Forest, Colorado, from 10:00am until 2:00pm, January 19, 2013.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 19, 2013

Emily L. Bissell

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February 3, 2013

So sorry to hear about Ms. Emily! She was one of the liveliest women I have ever met! I will always remember her. In the short time I spent with her, I learned so much about her. We had a lot of laughs together. She even taught me to knit. I will never forgot her smiles and the way she loved her children. Although I only met one of her sons, I do know that her love for them was unconditional! Her faith was strong and she can now rest with our God in Heaven!

January 31, 2013

Dear Mark, Nick and Len,
I was really sad to hear from my Dad about Emily passing away. She was always really special to my parents and to me. I loved when she would visit and spent many fun days with her and your Grandparents. When our older Son Sam was born she knit him a sweater that he loved and I've saved. She lives on in our hearts. Love, Lisa Palmo Moss

Kenneth,Leslie Clark

January 21, 2013

We are so sorry to hear about your mothers passing. She was a great person who touched alot of lives. She will be missed.

Charlie and Betty Tewell

January 20, 2013

There will never be another one like Emily! Her zest for life and her personality could light up any room she entered and make it a better place. We loved the way that whenever we spoke to her she made us feel that we were the most important people she knew. Our sincerest condolences to all of you.

Ronald Stewart

January 18, 2013

I was very sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was a shining light in the Forest and a great mentor to us in our youth. May God give you comfort during this time.

Terry and Debbie Zebarth

January 17, 2013

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. May your memories carry you through this difficult time.

Ken Vedra

January 17, 2013

We will truly miss Mrs. Bissell. She was a remarkable parent, grandmother, educator, civic leader and friend. She leaves a long and proud legacy and outstanding family. She will be missed and the contributions she has made will continue into the future. Thank you!
The Vedra Family

Jill Munson-Freeman

January 17, 2013

I am sorry to hear of Emily's passing. She was a wonderful lady and remembering the days of Air Academy High wouldn't be complete without thinking of Mrs. Bissell. May God give you comfort during this time.

January 16, 2013

To the Bissell family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Emily. She was such a dear lady and just a delight to know. Thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.

Anne Krajcovic

January 16, 2013

So very sorry. Your mom was a great lady.