Virginia M. (Jinny) Moore
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Virginia (Jinny) M. Moore, 76, died on Monday, November 18, 2019 in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado.

Jinny grew up in Denver in a large, boisterous family notorious for their caroling, camping, and Canadian ways. She graduated from Kent School for Girls in 1961, attended the University of Colorado briefly, then joined the Peace Corps in 1965 and lived in Bandipur, Nepal, with her second family. This experience infected her with a travel bug that she carried for the rest of her life.

Jinny married Robin Perry in Starwood, Aspen, in 1969, had three daughters, and was an avid skier, backpacker, and Red Onion regular. But life is full of surprises, and she moved to Denver in 1979 as a single mom to work in real estate and acquire her teaching degree. In 1989, Jinny moved to the San Luis Valley to teach high school English. There, she met and married Jose Candido Gomez (Candie), whom she described as a Latin Kenny Rogers on a Harley, and who turned out to be the love of her life.

Jinny earned her Master's in Education at Adams State College in Alamosa, CO and eventually moved to Farmington, NM to teach English at San Juan College. Jinny retired in Mancos, CO, where she was an activist with the Great Old Broads, a member of the Mancos Valley Chorus, and a relentless adventurer. Everywhere she went in life, her easy-going demeanor and sharp sense of humor endeared her to all. From high tea in Victoria to her fifteen minutes of fame on CNN Chile during local protests, Jinny thrived on meeting new people and visiting new places.

For the past three years, Jinny lived at Heritage Park in Carbondale, CO. She is survived by her brothers Mike Moore, Charley Moore, Hugh Moore; her sister Dorsey Moore and sisters-in-law Ann Moore, Jane Moore, and Clara Moore; her daughters Jean Perry (Clint Wilfley), Sarah Perry, Annie Perry (Peter Davies); her grandchildren Mattie, Rew, and Willow; many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Jinny is preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Ruth Moore, brothers Kit Moore and Tim Moore, nephew Cam Moore, and her husband Candie Gomez.

Virginia (Jinny) M. Moore

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March 19, 2020
Dear Family,
Writing on behalf of all former Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Nepal, please know that we honor her memory, the work she did and the life she lived. We offer our condolences to her family and others who loved her.
Duane Karlen
Editor, Friends of Nepal Newsletter
November 27, 2019
I lost contact with Jinny after she moved from Mancos but when I heard she passed away, my memory was flooded with joyful images and reminiscences. I was trying to remember the last time I saw her, and I cannot, but my husband remembers seeing her a few years ago at Mesa Verde carrying a sign that said Give Them Water, referring to the wild horses in the park. My memories of Jinny go back to the 90's and 2000's. When she lived in Pagosa I would occasionally shower at her house when I had ongoing water issues. Once I commented on a beautiful metal bird sculpture that her husband Candie had made, and then a few months later she gave me one that she had asked him to make for me. It still sits in my yard. I can't remember how we met, but we volunteered together for years helping with the Native American dances at Chaco and Chimney Rock, primarily cooking hundreds of breakfasts in the camp kitchen. The Zuni kids especially loved her. Just about everything I saw her do, mattered. She was funny and smart and true to her beliefs, but the most evident thing about Jinny was that she loved her family and was so proud of her daughters and grandchildren. Rest in peace Jinny. The essence of your spirit will be missed.
Caroline Brown
November 24, 2019
Dear Mike and Ann, and Charlie,

I didn't know Jinny, but I wanted all of you to know that I saw her lovely obituary in the Denver Post this morning, got an email from Lorna to all of our Denver Fortnightly Club ladies, and all the while thought all of you. You make up an extraordinary family, and it sounds as if she were exceptional, as well. My sympathy to all of you on this sad occasion.

Warm regards,

Jill Cowperthwaite
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