Cindy Houghan, 72, of Colorado Springs, CO, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on January 13, 2021. She was born on October 7, 1948, to the late Dr. Charles and Betty Houghan in Denver, CO and was raised in Fort Morgan Colorado. She graduated from Fort Morgan High School with the Class of 1966. In high school, Cindy was well known for her beautiful alto singing voice, and she was a member of the FMHS choirs and the select Morgan High Singers for two years. She also sang in the First Presbyterian Church choir all of her high school years.
Cindy attended Simpson College in Indianola, IA, graduating from there in 1970 with a degree in History and an emphasis on Education. She was a proud member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She then pursued a M.A. in Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado. She specialized in working with Emotionally and Behaviorally Disturbed children and was well respected for her expertise in this area. She taught at Monroe Elementary School, District 11, in Colorado Springs. She was an enthusiastic teacher who had great respect for her students.
Cindy took on the family passion for antiquing. Following her retirement, she and her sister, the late Nancy Mock, developed their own antique businesses and loved going to auctions and especially enjoyed choosing items to sell at the Wide World of Antiques Show in Denver. They made many friends in this endeavor.
A lifelong reader, Cindy went to book signings and met two of her favorite Colorado authors, Sandra Dallas and Kent Haruf. In addition, she participated in a book club. Cindy also had a great enthusiasm for recorded music, especially the Beatles. She shared this love with her nephew, Doug Mock. She loved attending concerts by famous singers. She was an enthusiastic member of the women’s social group at the condominium complex where she lived for nearly fifty years. She belonged to P.E.O. and the Iowa Beta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs.
Cindy’s enthusiasm, humor, and keen interest in so many areas attracted many friends throughout her life. Her laughter was contagious. She loved sports of all kinds and avidly followed the Denver Broncos. She cherished her dog companions. Both sides of Cindy’s family came from Iowa, and she traveled there often to visit friends and family. She also traveled to Europe, China, Alaska and the Colorado mountains, especially enjoying Estes Park.
Cindy is survived by her nephews, Richard “Rick” Lineweaver (Elena), and Douglas “Doug” Mock (Kristin), and a great-niece, and great-nephew. She was thrilled that they all lived in the Colorado Springs area, and she enjoyed a close relationship with them.
Graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Fort Morgan, CO, on February 25, 2021 at 1pm.
In honor of Cindy’s lifelong love of dogs, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak region.