Cynthia Taft Moore
1974 - 2021
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Cynthia Taft Moore

June 11, 1974 - April 13, 2021

It is with inexpressible sadness that the family of Cynthia Moore, age 46, announces her death in an automobile accident near Glenwood Springs on April 13, 2021. She lived in Lafayette, Colorado. Cynthia was born in El Paso, Texas, but grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. She attended schools there but spent her senior year at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, from which she graduated in 1992. She received a degree in Biochemistry from CU Boulder in 1998, and a second degree from the same institution in Civil Engineering in 2016.

Cynthia was known for her outsized personality. From the beginning she was a bit of a daredevil and rapscallion - sitting on top of the refrigerator as soon as she could walk, opening outside doors to sneak out of the house at 18 months, and driving a herd of sheep across the field at age three. Early on she developed a love of horses and by herself at age eight, without prior instruction, bridled and saddled an old farm horse out in the field and proceeded to ride. Horses became her passion, such that following graduation from college she went to work at a horse barn, training horses, teaching riding and jumping, and transporting many students to competitive horse shows both in Colorado and out-of-state locations. After three years she opened her own equestrian business, Mooreland Farm, and headquartered at J.K. Ranch in Boulder, where she was known for being fearless. During that time she made many friends among students and parents who greatly regretted her return to college when her body began to complain about the hard use inherent in her field. Cynthia also had a great love for cats. During the last 13 years she had three kitties that she had rescued. As she said, they were her "children," and she lavished them with utmost attention and the best of care.

After receiving a second bachelor's, she worked as a construction superintendent in Boulder. In addition to the horse world, Cynthia loved spending time with her friends, playing cards and various games, knitting, traveling, and cooking.

She is survived by her mother, Linda Moore, of Denver; sister, Kristen Hougland, of Christchurch, New Zealand, and brother, Carter Moore, of Boston, MA.

Cremation has taken place at the Monarch Society. Her life will be celebrated by her immediate and extended family when COVID is under control and members may travel. She will be grievously missed.

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Published in The Daily Sentinel on May 2, 2021.
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May 3, 2021
We loved Cynthia
John and Pam Cavness
John cavness
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April 22, 2021
Cynthia, i was bringing Nanitas enchilada sauce and some Spanish rice pudding for you on this trip, but you left....... before i got here.
I will miss you. Becky
Rebecca Rabanal
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April 22, 2021
I love you, Cynthia.<br />
Kim Monteleone
Neighbor
April 22, 2021
The best of times with Cynthia and Linda.
Kim Monteleone
Neighbor
April 22, 2021
Cynthia and Linda at Colterra
Kim Monteleone
Neighbor
April 22, 2021
Cynthia, you will always be one of my favorite people. You laughed easily. I always admired your talents as an artist and cook. I loved your style. I appreciated how much you loved cats, but NOT dogs. When you were studying Engineering, you'd stop by my office and eat a boiled egg and it was the highlight of my day, to be hugged by you. I believe I will be quoting you and reminded of you for all of my days. Love you so so much. p.s. when we carpooled from Denver to Boulder it took 1.50 hours because of the detours and stops at MCDonalds. I miss you!
Kim Monteleone
Friend
April 21, 2021
Although we hadn't seen Cynthia in a decade, our family has so many good memories of time spent with her. She lived with us for a short time where she became a big sister to our then young teenage daughters. She helped teach our oldest daughter how ro ride horses. We had a lot of laughs with Cynthia and she will be missed.
Sarah & Jim Hurrell
April 19, 2021
Cynthia was my riding instructor for about 5 years when I got back into riding. She was an amazing teacher, person, and friend. We lost contact when I moved away, but we were able to connect one time when I returned to CO. Sadly, I thought we would have more opportunities to get together. I will remember her beautiful smile and vivacious personality. She will be missed. Rest in Peace, Cynthia.
Jill Corradini
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April 19, 2021
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April 19, 2021
Cynthia was my horse trainer before changing careers. A very caring animal person with a great sense of humor. She will be missed. RIP, Cyn
Wesley Fox
Friend
April 19, 2021
So glad to have gotten the chance to know Cynthia, she was truly a special person. Her natural intelligence and strength made her an ideal leader on the jobsite. I am truly blessed to have had her as a coworker, and am proud to have called her my friend.
Benjamin Bowen
Coworker
April 18, 2021
My heart hurts as I know this bright light and soul will no longer light my days here on earth. Cynthia was a million inside jokes, years of shifts at McGuckin’s, shooting in the Bookcliffs, paddling around her dad’s pond, fiercely loyal, completely her own person and one of the best friends I’ve ever had. Too bad so many of our fabulous memories and times occurred before everyone had a phone in their pocket to capture all of the highlights. Trust me when I say, to know her was to love her... and to not, was to miss out... Love you my friend-till we meet again
Elizabeth Fischer
Friend
April 18, 2021
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April 18, 2021
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April 18, 2021
Elizabeth Fischer
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April 18, 2021
My goodness Cynthia was just such a bright light in my life. We worked together at McGuckin’s and became the best of friends. We’d go to Grand Junction to shoot guns in the Bookcliffs, paddle around her pond and just have fun. So many memories and so much of that infectious laughter... I’ll miss you like crazy dear friend. Big hugs to your family as they cope with this tragedy.
Elizabeth Fischer
Friend
April 18, 2021
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April 18, 2021
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April 18, 2021
Jan Phillips
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April 18, 2021
Funny, irreverent, quick-witted, smart, Cynthia was the first friend I made in Colorado when I moved here in summer of 2019. While our relationship started professionally as she was the project manager for my condo complex it quickly developed into a meaningful bond. When my sister came to visit from the east coast, we always made a date to spend time with Cynthia. I am really missing her, but grateful for the friendship we had.
Jan Phillips
Friend
April 17, 2021
It seems rare in today’s world to meet a person so genuine, caring, and compassionate. Cynthia was all of those and more. She worked for us as a construction manager for 3 years in Boulder and she always brought her smile and warmed up any room. She would do anything for anybody. We really enjoyed getting to know her and she will be greatly missed.
Roger Grow
Coworker
April 17, 2021
Cynthia was such a bright, loving and kind person. She was the project manager for my home but she quickly became my friend. I loved spending time with her--she has such a vast incredible knowledge of construction and because I am in the business, we ended up sharing trade names with each other. She was incredibly loved and will be as equally missed.
Patti Naumann
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