Cynthia Norton Gray (Candy) was born in Denver, on June 10, 1951 and died on April 5, 2020 of lung cancer at Quincy Farm in Cherry Hills Village. Candy was independent with her thoughts and action, a nonconformist, very astute observer of others, an adept caregiver, and skilled crafts person in carpentry, pottery, and welding.
Candy was a conservationist and her beliefs were consistent with Aldo Leopold who said, “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” He called this a “land ethic” which expanded the definition of “community” to include not only humans, but all of the other parts of the Earth, as well: soils, waters, plants, and animals, or what Leopold called “the land.” Working with the owner of Quincy Farm, Cat Anderson, Candy taught generations of children about this “land ethic” through Pony Club, the nurturing of many horses, goats, donkeys, chickens, dogs, cats, and Quincy Farm, “the land”, itself.
She is survived by her sister Tobi Watson and brother John L. Gray along with many friends and adoring animals. She is preceded in death by her parents Carol Romer Norton Gray and John L Gray.