Deborah Day Lind

Deborah Day Lind died peacefully at her home in Littleton on Nov. 11 with her two dear daughters and close friends by her side.

The cause of Lind’s death was Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), with which she was diagnosed in June 2020, but was symptomatic for probably the previous five years. Her love of hiking and birding walks kept her muscles going until it just became too difficult to expend the energy.

Lind was born on Jan. 11, 1951 at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver to Virginia Price Day and Capt. Philip S. Day Jr. Raised as an army brat, she lived in Germany and throughout the United States, finally graduating from St. Agnes Episcopal School for Girls in Alexandria, Virginia.

Lind received her bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco, her master’s degree in education from Colorado State University and her Ph.D. in education administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Lind was a mountain lover and enjoyed all that the Colorado Rockies had to offer. Leadville, so dear to her heart, was her home for 25 years. She and her two daughters also lived in Buena Vista for seven years. She worked at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville in the positions of registrar, counselor, assistant campus dean for student services and acting campus dean.

After retirement, Lind became a stay-at-home mom and moved to Parker down on the Front Range. Exposed to the prairie lands around Douglas County and eastern Colorado, she became a prairie lover and enjoyed her birding trips throughout the region.

The great joy of Lind’s life was becoming the mother to two daughters adopted from China. Rebecca Xian Lind and Kimberly Mei Lind are now 22 and 24 years of age, and were held tightly in their mother’s heart, her family said. She hopes that life treats them gently and lovingly, brings them happiness and strong relationships, and a love of birds, nature and the mountains. Lind said she wishes she had another 20 years with them, but it was not to be.

Lind was married for 20-plus years to James Lind, from whom she was divorced and who predeceased her.

Lind is survived by her daughters Kimberly and Rebecca; her brothers Michael and Stephen Day; and her nieces Alex and Jackie Day. She is also survived by her cat Stripes and many good friends and relations.

If so desired, memorial tributes may be made in Deb’s name in the form of a charitable donation to the Southern Plains Land Trust, PO Box 1016, Lamar, CO 81052 or