Christine Beth Cape died April 23, 2018 near Hesperus, CO from injuries in a two-car accident. She was 54 years old. Chris was born on October 1, 1963 in Harrisburg to John and Carla (Cummins) Cape. She attended Harrisburg High School and graduated in 1981. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in Special Education. She then moved to the Four Corners area teaching in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. She was a special education teacher at Valley High School in Sanders, AZ until her retirement. She then moved to Gallup, NM.
Chris worked as a rodeo timer for various rodeo associations on the Navajo Nation and also was active in the Blackhat Humane Society for many years. At the time of her death she was president of Blackhat and volunteered full-time rescuing and transporting animals in need of homes.
Chris was an avid rodeo fan and had built her own rodeo, Bulldog Arena, which was scheduled to open a shortly after her death. A memorial service for Chris was held May 4 at Bulldog Arena and Grant, Emma, and Sophie Cape attended.
Chris liked to read, walk her dogs, and have dinner with her daughter.
Chris is survived by her only daughter, Alysha Arrates (Durango, CO), her brother, Grant (Judy) Cape (Harrisburg), her sister, Connie Frazier (Harrisburg), and three nieces, Emma Cape (Oakland, CA), Dana Cape (Los Angeles, CA), and Sophie Cape (Nashville, TN). She is preceded in death by her father, John Cape, and her mother, Carla Cape Sullivan.
Memorial services for Chris Cape will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, August 16, 2018 Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Jeff Rush will officiate and burial will follow at Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Donations in memory of Chris may be made to Blackhat Humane Society, PO Box 3123, Durango, CO 81302. Visit www.Blackhathumanesociety.org.