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Cynthia Lea Carey Houghtaling, 63

Posted: Thursday, Jun 12th, 2014

Cynthia Lea Carey Houghtaling was born on February 6th 1951 in Ft Lewis, WA and passed away Tuesday morning June 10th, 2014 after a four year interaction with cancer. She remained strong and healthy, never letting the disease dictate who she was or what she could do.  A joyful, happy person, she believed in healing and the beauty of nature. One of her many passions was whitewater rafting. She marveled at the gloriousness of every canyon she ever explored, was awed by the Grand Canyon, loved gourmet food preparation (especially on the river), and worked to preserve natural resources. She volunteered at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and made many friends as a result. She was born at Fort Lewis, Washington, lived in California, Montana, Colorado, Alaska, and finally returned to Colorado in 2009. She touched many lives in all those states, creating a network of friends who were all blessed by knowing her.

She loved to travel, especially on the spur of the moment. She honeymooned in Ireland, hiking 100 KM with her husband, loving all of it, especially the challenging parts. She spent a month in China to heal her cancer, she visited England, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, hiked the Inca Trail, hiked islands throughout the Galapagos, and savored her time in Peru. She visited bush villages in Alaska, was a skilled salmon fisherman, and never saw a shrimp she wasn’t willing to enjoy. 

She is survived by her husband, Dale Houghtaling of Alamosa, her sons Andrew and Thomas Hembree of Anchorage, Alaska, her granddaughter Harper Snow Hembree, and Harper’s mother Kristen DelleDonne, her step-son Jack Houghtaling, his fiancé Sarah Parsons, grandson Henry Clyde Houghtaling of Denver, her three sisters: Sharon Elvin of Ventura, California; Vicki Matthews (spouse Danny), of Chelan, Washington; and Lisa Clinton (spouse Scott, son Nicolas) of Bellevue, Washington, as well as her mother, Shirley Clinton and step-father James Clinton of Puyallup, Washington. She is also survived by her niece Louisa Carey of Ventura, California, and Chester Elvin of Whitefish, Montana.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edwin A. Carey Jr. and sister Wendy Clinton.

A memorial service will be held at the Great Sand Dunes National Park on September 23 at 2:00 PM. Gifts in her memory to the Dunes would be welcomed. Please mail to:

Great Sand Dunes National Park

C/O Kathy Faz

11500 Highway 150

Mosca, CO 81146-9798

Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the Rogers Family Mortuary.

Condolences for Cynthia’s family may be made by visiting her obituary at www.rogersfunerals.com

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