September 23, 2023
Obituary: Wendy Moore |
Obituary: Wendy Moore |
Wendy Moore
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February 18, 1947 – October 5, 2022

Wendy Moore, life-long educator and theatre artist, 75
Wendy Moore, a beloved and well-known trainer, college principal and theatre artist, died Oct. 5 at her residence in Glenwood Springs surrounded by her household.

She was born Feb. 18, 1947 in Milwaukee to Joseph and Bernice Preiss. Wendy graduated from Wauwatosa Excessive Faculty in 1965 and earned her BA in schooling from the College of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969.
She later earned a Grasp of Arts diploma in schooling from the College of Colorado-Greeley in 1989.
After educating for a yr in Wisconsin following her commencement, Wendy moved to Colorado to proceed her schooling profession as an English trainer at Merritt Hutton Excessive Faculty in Thornton. There, she was advised she would even be accountable for both the speech and debate staff or the theatre program. Wendy selected the latter, purchased a e-book about the right way to direct a play and entered right into a lifelong love of reside theatre that noticed her performing in or directing in almost 200 productions, largely in Colorado.
She met her husband, Bob Moore, who was working as a bartender at Golden’s Heritage Sq. Opera Home in 1971. Wendy was working there part-time as a waitress whereas additionally educating in Thornton. Bob was additionally performing within the reveals, and so they instantly hit it off over their love of theatre. Within the coming a long time, Wendy and Bob have been to grow to be a theatrical powerhouse, with Bob largely onstage and Wendy primarily within the director’s chair — though she acted in plenty of performs and musicals as nicely.
Wendy and Bob have been married Dec. 27, 1972 at Heritage Sq. Opera Home.
Taking a possibility to run a showboat on the Mississippi River in 1975, the couple moved to St. Louis the place Wendy was the creative director for the Goldenrod Showboat and Bob was the final supervisor. Each additionally acted within the melodramas that made up a lot of the showboat’s leisure. Wanting to maneuver again to Colorado after a couple of years, it got here right down to who received a job first, and Wendy secured a place as an English and theatre trainer at Summit Excessive Faculty in Frisco in 1978.
Though they thought they’d be there a yr, Bob and Wendy stayed for 20 and have become a fixture locally. The duo grew to become energetic on the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, the place Wendy was once more the creative director and Bob was performing and managing the theatre. Beneath their management, the theatre grew its viewers and expanded its season whereas additionally changing into energetic within the Colorado Neighborhood Theatre Coalition, the place Wendy was on the board for 18 years and served 4 as its president. As a part of CCTC, the Backstage received quite a few awards and traveled to play competitions across the state, within the U.S. and in the end to Switzerland in 1998.
In the meantime, Wendy’s schooling profession continued apace, and he or she grew to become vice-principal at Summit Excessive and later took over as principal at Summit Center Faculty. She was additionally a finalist for Colorado Instructor of the 12 months in 1983.
Wendy and Bob left Summit County and moved to Carbondale in 1998, the place she labored because the principal at Roaring Fork Excessive Faculty till her retirement in 2005. The pair continued to be energetic within the Roaring Fork theatre group, with Wendy directing reveals at Aspen Neighborhood Theatre, Thunder River Theatre and others. She additionally served as president of the Rotary Membership in Carbondale in 2006 and was an adjunct professor of speech at Colorado Mountain School from 2005-2015.
Wendy is survived by her husband, Bob; kids Mandy Moore and Missy Moore; brotherWilliam Preiss (Dee Dee) of Minneapolis and sister Joleen Preiss of Wauwatosa, Wisc.
A celebration of life for Wendy is deliberate for Monday, Jan. 9, on the Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale. The household prefers that any memorial contributions in Wendy’s title be made within the following order of desire: “1. To any native theater firm of their selecting; 2. To the Denver Actors Fund; or 3. To another charity they want to assist.”

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