Carol J. Rothrock
Carol J. Rothrock, 56, of Carbondale embraced her next adventure on Jan. 5, 2010, while surrounded by love and light, family members and dear friends.
Born Sept. 1, 1953, in Augusta, Ga., she is survived by parents Henry and Doris Simon. She is also survived by daughter Ashley (Rothrock) Bass and sons Chris Rothrock and Colt Mingledorff, along with life partner Gerry Michel; siblings Lynn Fleischer (Art), Sandi Johnson (Frank), Julie Callandt (Nick), and David Simon (Darla); one niece and six nephews; former husbands, Tony Rothrock and Ross Mingledorff, as well as her extended family of friends throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Carol’s love of the outdoors and her artistic passions provided her with a blank canvas on which she crafted her best pieces.
When not teaching or painting, Carol an avid gardener, would immerse herself in one of many beautiful gardens of her own creation. All who knew and loved her will miss her smile, her laughter, and her vivacious energy.
In her abrupt and sudden departure, Carol orchestrated yet another extraordinary masterpiece by surrounding herself with a garden of magnificent beings. A mix of people – fresh, seasoned, strong, delicate, stoic, emotional, spiritual and all uniquely beautiful – gathered together, just like the flowers in her garden and the colors in her art, to support her on her journey.
Cremation has taken place and her ashes will be scattered at a private location with family members and close friends. Celebrations of Carol’s life will take place in the near future. In lieu of food or flowers, the family will announce ways in which donations can be made in honor of Carol’s inspiring life. While details are forthcoming, please visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/carolrothrock for updates.
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