- Written by Ben Jacklet
- Category: Mountain Characters
- Published: May 21, 2015
- Last Updated: May 27, 2015
Mount Hood lost one of its great spirits on Thursday, May 21, 2015, as the popular and always positive Mazot server Lisa Moulding died from cancer at the age of 34.
Mazot regulars and friends and families far and wide were devastated when Lisa was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer several months ago. The mountain community rallied to support her by selling #love4lisa trucker's caps, establishing a fundraising site to help pay for treatments, and throwing a big Wig-Out party for her at the Skyway on May 3.
Lisa's friends Phillip Kerry Covington, Mike Aldridge, Savannah Furr, Lou Zazueta, Sarah Kuehl, Dan Kneip, Sean Jacks, Stacey Larsen, Shannon Halda-Wipf and many, many others helped raise more than $36,000 for her, but in the end the cancer was too powerful. It spread into her lungs and she had to stop receiving treatments this past week.
As news of her death spread on Thursday, Lisa's Facebook page lit up with tributes and outpourings of love and sadness from friends and family. "You lived life with such passion and gusto and fought cancer with dignity and grace," wrote one friend. "Such a beautiful, life loving, shining light of a woman," added another friend, "gone far too soon."
Originally from Steilacoom, Washington, Lisa Moulding studied at Washington State University, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and the University of Washington in Seattle before moving to Portland. In addition to her recent work at the Mazot at Mt. Hood Meadows, she also worked as a server at the Departure Restaurant and Lounge in Downtown Portland, in the Nines Hotel.
Lisa was an animal lover, a proud dog mom and a fun-loving adventurer with an infectious smile.
"She left every person with a smile," wrote her friend Stacey Larsen.
Dan Kneip, a cancer survivor who helped to raise money and support for Lisa, wrote, "We love Lisa and will always love Lisa. May I spend a few minutes in quiet reflection each day thinking about how I can be more like her in making the world a better place."
"You have forever changed my life for the better," wrote Lisa's friend Tassie Pringle. "I will miss you everyday."
Rest in Peace, Lisa.
Memorial donations for Lisa Moulding may be made to the East Maui Animal Refuge, also known as The Boo Boo Zoo, a sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals in Haiku, Maui.