Carol Ann Wiedeman Williams

Carol Ann Wiedeman Williams died on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at the home of her daughter and grandchildren near Cortez. Whe was 72.

She was born to Harold and Dorothy Wiedeman on July 10, 1941, in Denver. After graduating from Denver’s South High School, she attended the University of Arizona before transferring to the University of Colorado in Boulder. She majored in French and received a scholarship to study at the University-Paris, Sorbonne, during her junior year. She returned to CU and completed a master of arts degree in French literature in 1963. In November of that year, she married Edwin Williams. She later took art classes in London, at Hunter College in New York City, and the University of California, Davis, and became an active amateur painter in San Francisco from 1969 to 1980. Carol expanded her creative talent to photography, sculpting, jewelry making, stained glass, weaving, sewing, lapidary work, beading, and landscaping. She was an avid runner, completing seven marathons in just two years.

Carol returned to Gold Hill, Colo., in 1981, and worked as a carpenter before retiring from the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier and moving to Montezuma County in 1996. Here she enjoyed gardening, canning, raising chickens, cultivating an orchard, cooking, swimming, traveling, camping, and exploring the Southwest. These years were enriched by her close relationships and many activities with her family. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter.

In addition to her appreciation for the outdoors, horticulture, and the arts, Carol followed politics, read widely and deeply, and brought her lively imagination to bear on everything in the world around her. She was particularly quick-witted and inventive. Many of her friends will long remember the surprising turns of phrase that sprang from her verbal originality.

Carol is survived by her mother, Dorothy Wiedeman, 95, of Denver; daughter Nina Williams of rural Dolores; grandchildren Moki and Emma Youngquist of Dolores; brother Curt Wiedeman of Denver; sister Sheri Mills of Dolores; brother Sheldon Wiedeman of Denver; sister Christine Baier of Denver, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Contributions can be made to the Carol Williams Memorial Fund, c/o the Dolores Public Library, P.O. Box 847, Dolores, CO 81323.

A celebration of her life and spirit will be held in the future.