August 5, 1941 ~ January 15, 2018
Katie Moews, a beloved long-time resident of Hastings Mesa, was whisked away to heaven on Januaray 15, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. at the age of 76, from complications of a surgery gone wrong.
Katie was a hardy perennial and ephemeral beauty, who scattered seeds of love and warmth wherever she went. Those who were blessed to know her will miss her voice, her powerful song, her warm caring hands, and the incredible sparkle in her eyes.
Katie was born on August 5, 1941 to Ernie and Ruth Oatman, and grew up in the one-horse-town of Versailles, Indiana. Her proper name was Marla Kay, and her parents called her Kay, but her nickname as a little girl was Butch. A petite tomboy and natural athlete, she loved playing Cowboys and Indians with her cousin Sandy. She had a mean baseball arm on her, and she was a graceful swimmer who slid into the water without making a splash.
Katie attended Indiana University, where she studied physical education. After college she coached high school basketball in Centerville, Indiana, leading her team of girls to a state championship. A year later, she moved to California, in spite of her mother’s protests, to stay with her big sister Lin and teach PE at a junior high school in the barrio of Los Angeles.
Here she met a fellow teacher named Ted Moews. An astonishing love story unfolded that swept the two of them through the next half century until Katie’s death. They cut an unforgettable image wherever they went – always hand in hand – Ted, a mountain of a man, and tiny, beautiful Katie at his side.
Katie inherited two kids, Marty and Terry, who were Ted’s from a previous marriage. Then they had Megan and Matt, with a 10-year hiatus between the two batches. A folk singer with a lilting voice, Katie was once offered an audition with New Christy Minstrels. She could have gone on the road but she chose to marry Ted, and sang her kids to sleep at night instead.
In an effort to get their children out of the materialistic culture of southern California, Ted and Katie built a mountain cabin at the foot of the Sneffels Range on Hastings Mesa between Ridgway and Telluride in the 1970s and soon made it their year-round home. Katie thrived on it – raising the kids among bears and blizzards in the shadow of North Pole Peak. She was the best shot on the mountain. Later, when the kids were grown and gone, Ted built a second home for them in Hawaii that was recently consumed by the lava flows of Kilauea.
Katie relished solitude, but remained passionately engaged with the world throughout her life. She fearlessly confronted public officials, bullies, child abusers and menacing gun-toting creeps alike. She would push ahead – never heeding the potential danger – to help the abused, the downtrodden and the wronged. She read her Bible every day without fail, using it as God intended, as a guide and mentor for her actions.
Some of Katie’s greatest pleasures in life were singing and playing her guitar, making buckskins and beadwork, attending Mountain Man Rendezvous campouts with Ted, drinking Irish Breakfast tea with milk and sugar, and spending time with the members of her growing family, all of whom she adored.
Katie is survived by her husband of 50.5 years Ted Moews; son Matt Moews (Ren); daughter Megan Asher (Jake); stepsons Terry (Laura) and Marty; ten grandchildren; cousins Sandy Meyer and Rom Schroeder and their respective families; and numerous close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and granddaughter.
Donations in Katie’s memory can be made to one of the charitable causes that she believed in – Doctors Without Borders, Mercy Corps, World Vision, and the Salvation Army – or to a local cause of your choosing that focuses on child welfare, human trafficking, women’s and drug/alcohol abuse programs.
A celebration of Katie’s life will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 8 at the cabin Ted built for her on Hastings Mesa. Friends and family are welcome to come and camp out for the entire weekend, or just come for a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon at around 2 p.m. More information and driving directions can be found at https://www.forevermissed.com/katie-moews/#about" forevermissed.com/katie-moews/#about, or call 303-981-2659.