Cynthia Ann (Biffle) May
Longtime resident of Routt County, Cynthia Ann (Biffle) May was released from this life and was received into the arms of her Lord and her many loved ones on January 11, 2020.
Cynthia was born on December 26, 1934 in Clayton, New Mexico. She was the first of four children born to Enoch T. Biffle and Gladys C. (Stonebrink) Biffle. She was raised in Sofia, New Mexico on the family ranch along with her brother, Nathan, and sisters, Betty and Grace
Cynthia was active in 4-H as a young person. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and she had a cow/calf project when she was in high school.
After graduating high school in Clayton, she attended New Mexico A&M in Lac Cruces.
Cynthia met William May while visiting in Routt County. Bill was smitten and wasted no time asking her on their first date, a barn dance. After returning home, Cynthia invited him to a school dance and he traveled 1,000 miles round trip for a dance and they never stopped dancing.
Bill and Cynthia were married on June 26, 1954 in Sofia, New Mexico and they enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon. They returned to Steamboat Springs where they raised their children on the S-S Ranch. They and their feed team were featured on the cover of Country Woman Magazine. Bill and Cynthia worked side by side for 50 years until they moved to Fruita in 2003.
They were blessed with four children, Stuart “Scott” Sevier, J. Nathan, David Bowie, and Grace Ann. She not only loved raising her family on the ranch but she thoroughly enjoyed working the land and caring for the cattle.
Soon, 12 grandchildren followed. And then 15 great grandchildren with two on the way and 1 great great grandchild.
Over the years Bill and Cynthia took on hands of all ages to work on the ranch. Some were hired, some were nieces, nephews, or school friends that stayed for the summer or some just showed up to be a part of whatever needed done. Cynthia, especially had a way of making each one feel welcome. Through the years she was a mother and grandmother to many, offering listening ears and a safe place.
She earned a 30 year pin as a leader in Routt County 4-H. Any time she could help a young person to learn, she was willing. In 2001, Bill and Cynthia were the Routt County Fair Parade Marshalls.
She volunteered in Farm Bureau as women’s chairman, membership chairman and enjoyed working with the Bred Heifer Program and the Sheep Flock.
Cynthia was very active with the Routt County Cattlewomen and served in several roles. In 1997 she was nominated by the Routt County Cattlewomen and was named the district winner of the Colorado Master Farm Homemaker Award.
She was an artist who sold her watercolors of wildflowers and continued to give her paintings as gifts to family and friends until her passing.
Bill and Cynthia were long time members of the First Baptist Church and took many of their grandchildren to Sunday School.
Her beloved Bill went before her in April 2007, and in December 2018 she left Fruita and moved to Vernal with her daughter.
Like her parents, she was wise, strong, patient; a kind, gentle, and hardworking cattlewoman and was faithful to pass it on to the next generations. She and her beautiful smile will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children: Stuart and his family, Candice Martin, Greta and Inga; Heather (Siam) Dedduang, Anna and Titus; and Max May J. and his family, Kody (Renee) May, Kally , Jaycee, and Brooke; Jed (Suely) May and Jessel; Hollie Wood (Steve Guzman) and Eliot, and Ben (Nellie) Allison. David (Barbara), and their family, Brandi (Tyler) Mashburn, Jaque, Jo-el, Jasper, Emma, Tyler Jr.; and Daniel May. Grace May Chew and her family, Jacob (Melissa) Chew and Waylon; KaDee (Larry) Heaton; and Quayle Chew (Jake Hunting). Her sister, Betty Levesque; sister-in- law, Zerelda Biffle, brother-in-law, David Foster and many nieces and nephews.
It was her desire that all of her loved ones, friends and family, know that she loved them very much!
Please join us to celebrate her, a life well lived on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, 3200 Divine Way, Steamboat Springs, CO. Lunch will be served following the service. In lieu of flowers, she and her family would like you to donate to one of the following:
4-H -FFA Grant Program c/o Jo Stanko PO Box 772797 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Routt County 4-H Scholarship Foundation c/o Routt County Extension Office 136 6th Street Suite 101 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Please find the full obituary at https://www.ashleyvalleyfuneralhome.com/notices/Cynthia-May.
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