Mary Kent taken off of life support |

Mary Kent taken off of life support

Ryan Summerlin
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Mary Kent, a Glenwood Springs woman shot in what police have said they suspect was a homicide-suicide incident with her husband, was being taken off life support Friday, according to friends who were close to the couple.

Friends of the couple discovered Kent’s husband, 79-year-old Joseph Llewellyn, dead in the couple’s home Oct. 18. Kent, 73, also was found in the home, alive but with a gunshot wound to the head.

An autopsy determined that Llewellyn died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Surgeons determined that Kent’s brain could not sustain life, so her family decided to remove her life support “as Mary herself has requested in her living will,” according to a Caring Bridge page dedicated to Kent.

On the Caring Bridge web page, friends posted updates on developments on Kent’s condition every day or two. Kent’s family traveled to be at her side at the Denver Health Medical Center.

Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson did not have any update on the case Friday and said this development adds to the complexity of the case.

No information has been released about who did the shooting in this case, through Wilson said soon after the incident that investigators do not believe they were shot by a third party.

Many close friends of Kent’s and Llewellyn’s were in disbelief at investigators’ suspicion that this case involved a homicide-suicide or suicide pact. Many of their friends told the Glenwood Springs Post Independent in the following days that this kind of violence was completely out of character for either of them.

That Kent will be taken off life support means investigators will have to put more weight on what can be shown with forensic evidence, Wilson said. Ideally, she would have been able to recover and give information about what happened that day, he said. “Now we just have to see what the forensics show us.”

The couple were well-known in the Glenwood Springs community and were active in the Rotary Club. Kent served as the Glenwood Springs Rotary Club’s first female president in 1994-95 and was one of the club’s first female members.

From a family of miners, Llewellyn grew up in the South Canyon Coal Camp.

He helped lead a tour of the abandoned site last year with the Frontier Historical Museum and Historic Preservation Commission. Llewellyn and his wife also had been involved in the annual Ghost Walk, and he served as a Sunlight Mountain Resort ski patroller.

“Our hearts are broken. You were the best part of our family. We will miss you,” relatives wrote on Caring Bridge.