Wednesday, September 21, 2016 5:14 pm
Christina Louise Perrin Moorcroft, 72, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., following a short illness involving multiple organ failure. Her husband and three children were sharing love with her and holding her hands as she breathed her last. A memorial service is Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Stover St in Fort Collins, Colo., at 1 p.m., with inurnment to follow in the memorial garden adjacent to the church. A party in celebration of the life of Chris will be held later that afternoon (details will be available at the service.) In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Luther College in Decorah by going to: GiveNow.Luther.edu and designate In memory of Christina Moorcroft or send memorial gift to: Luther College Development Office In Memory of Christina Moorcroft, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101.
Chris was born July 14, 1944, in Kansas City, Mo. to Hal and Marcile Perrin but grew up in Omaha, Neb. She graduated from Central High School in Omaha in 1962. After high school, she attended The University of Nebraska where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She earned a BA in English and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa honors upon graduation. Directly after graduation, she had the distinction of being the first woman management trainee in the Northwestern Bell Telephone system. Later, after moving to Decorah, she studied accounting at Luther College and then passed the CPA exam on her first try. After a short stint working as a public accountant, she worked in the treasurer’s office at Luther College as a college accountant for several years while earning an MBA from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. She then taught accounting at Luther College for the next 19 years. Along the way she also sat for and passed the managerial accounting certification exam. Her research interest was in international health care systems and she traveled to many health care facilities outside of the United States for research.
Chris married Bill Moorcroft in 1971 and accompanied him to his teaching position at Luther College in Iowa. She was an active member and vestry member of Episcopal churches in Decorah and later in Fort Collins. She and Bill were founding members of the original food co-op in Decorah. She was the bookkeeper for Sunflower Day Care Center in Decorah. She was also a long time faculty representative from Luther College to the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. She was monumental in getting a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa established at Luther College. She was nominated to participate in a state committee to research possible state-wide health care plans for the state of Colorado. She enjoyed travel, golf, playing bridge, collecting miniature pig statues (because of her unique ability to pig snort), cuddling her dog(s,) going to movies, reading as many books as she could get her hands on, taking care of her grandchildren and cooking Swedish pancakes for family and guests.
Chris is survived by spouse Bill, her daughter Marcy (Greg) Capell of Colorado Springs, sons Pat (Natalie) Moorcroft and Drew (Jodi) Moorcroft of greater Fort Collins, grandchildren Erin and Gabe Capell; Journey, Jazmyn and Zavier Moorcroft; Liam, Owen and Perrin Moorcroft, along with numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Chris was preceded in death by her father (Hal,) her mother (Marcile,) her sister MaryDell and her brother Jim.
Through the enduring positive influences Chris had on numerous others, including family, friends, students and fellow workers, her legacy lives on.