Carie Freimuth, whose more than 25-year career in books saw her hold top spots at some of the country’s largest publishers, died August 19 after an 18-month bout with cancer.

Freimuth spent most of her career in the extended Penguin Random House family, working there from 1990 to 2000 and from 2004 to 2015. During her years with PRH, Freimuth held a variety of positions including deputy publisher of Times Books; v-p, publisher, adult audio, diversified publishing; marketing director, Doubleday Religion; and most recently as v-p, associate publisher, WaterBrook, Multnomah, a position that saw her move to the Denver area.

Freimuth joined HarperCollins in 2000, where she held a number of marketing roles before being named group publishing director of the general books group. In that role she oversaw the Amistad, Harper Audio, Harper Large Print and Rayo imprints, and was also senior v-p, publishing director for the ReganBooks imprint, reporting to Judith Regan.

A vigil service will be held Friday, August 24, at 6:00 p.m. in Denver, with a funeral mass to follow on Saturday. Plans are being made to hold a memorial for Freimuth in New York sometime in the fall.

Carie is survived by her husband, John Hughes, her son, Joseph Hughes, and her stepdaughter, Emily Hughes

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations to be made to Focus or Clinica Tepeyac.