Cindy Lee (Palmer) Looman died May 8, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango from complications from breast cancer. She was 47.
She was born Nov. 28, 1964, to Terry and Dixie Palmer of Durango.
She was a fourth-generation Durango native, and a 1983 graduate of Durango High School. She continued her education and graduated with an associate’s degree in fashion merchandising from the Colorado Institute of Art.
After managing the Hurrah’s Clothing Store in Cortez, Mrs. Looman returned to school, earning a bachelor’s degree in education with an additional certification in early-childhood education from Fort Lewis College.
During her childhood, Mrs. Looman won numerous all-around cowgirl awards, state championships, and qualified for three National High School Rodeo Finals.
On July 7, 1995, she married Philip A. Looman in Durango at St. Coulmba Catholic Church.
Mrs. Looman’s love of young children led her to teach on the Navajo Reservation in Crownpoint, N.M., where she was nominated for the distinguished teacher of the state.
During her children’s early years, Mrs. Looman stayed at home to home-school them.
Later, Mrs. Looman taught at several schools, including St. Columba Catholic School in Durango and Bloomfield Early Childhood Center in Bloomfield, N.M.
Mrs. Looman was a dedicated member of St. Columba Catholic Church.
“Her artistic, creative skills were evident in her scrapbooking and inventive preparation of raw gourmet delights,” her family said.
Mrs. Looman is survived by her husband of 16 years, Philip Looman of Durango; children Joshua, Hannah and Jessica of Durango; parents Terry and Dixie Palmer; brother Randy Palmer; grandmother Gerry Palmer; and numerous extended family members.
A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2012, at St. Columba Catholic Church in Durango. Burial will be at the Palmer Family Ranch.