Cynthia Ann Curlee
Cynthia Ann Curlee passed away on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at her home in Aspen while being held and comforted by her sister Sharon and husband Bob. After a very difficult seven months, Cindy can be at peace and get the rest she so deserves. She was 69 years old.
Born on Feb. 25, 1940, in Seattle, Wash., Cindy was a loving daughter of Dorothy and Gene Curlee, and loving sister to Sharon and Steven. The family returned to Sterling, Colo., after World War II. Cindy graduated from Sterling High School and the University of Colorado Medical School as a physical therapist. After working at the University of Colorado Hospital for a few years, she moved to Aspen in 1966. Cindy started the Physical Therapy Department at Aspen Valley Hospital, where she remained the department head until 1980. During the early years, she also worked part-time at the Crystal Palace – singing and serving. She absolutely loved her PT work and continued to see clients at her home office. Over the last few years, Cindy was devoted to working with young children through Mountain Valley Development. The interaction with these children and their parents became a real highlight in her life.
Cindy married Robert Camp, a fellow Aspen Valley Hospital employee, on Sept. 30, 1978. They both appreciated the active outdoor and cultural life of Aspen, family and many friends, and cats Chauncey, Betty, Celeste and Fred. They were always planning their next adventure – travel, camping and backpacking. Cindy and Bob most enjoyed being together – constant companions to the end.
Cindy served on the board of the Red Brick Council for the Arts, as well as the local chapter of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Cindy was a longtime member of the Aspen Music Festival and School Corporate Board and coordinated the large volunteer effort at student registration for several years. Other volunteer activities included the Family Visitor Program, Aspen Filmfest, Aspen Choral Society and the Aspen Chapel Choir. Cindy tended the gardens as a volunteer at the Red Brick Center from the time it opened 15 years ago through this year. Those and her gardens at home gave her much pleasure, as did reading, yoga, meditation, music, movies and much more.
Cynthia is survived by her loving husband Bob, sister Sharon (Duane) McCormick of Fort Collins, Colo., brother Steve Curlee of Merino, Colo., nephews Matthew (Denise) McCormick of San Dimas, Calif., Jordan McCormick of Colorado Springs, and Dana Curlee of Denver, and Freddie the cat. She is also survived by her many friends and extended family in the Roaring Fork Valley and around the country. Cindy’s strength of character, kindness, spirit and humor are deeply missed by all.
Cindy’s ashes will be buried at the Riverside Cemetery in Sterling alongside her parents. There will be a celebration of her life, sometime in the spring, in Aspen. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be directed to Hospice of the Valley or any other charity chosen by the donor.
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