Carolyn Ann Silvius |

Carolyn Ann Silvius

Carolyn “Carol” Ann Silvius, 67, of Silt, passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

Carol was born Feb. 20, 1941, in Sioux City, Iowa. She was adopted at an early age by Rev. Herbert M. and Esther D. (Peterson) Olson in Boxholm, Iowa. They moved to Two Harbors, Minn., in 1952, where she graduated from high school. She attended Lutheran Bible College and earned her associate’s degree at the University of Minnesota. On Jan. 18, 1963, she married Jerry W. Silvius. The ceremony was performed by Carol’s dad in Aspen, where they then made their home.

She worked, for a time, at Aspen Valley Hospital as a registered nurse. Carol loved the outdoors. She and Jerry skied Snowmass Mountain before it had ski lifts, (they used a helicopter). Carol was a road deputy for Garfield County and worked for the district attorney’s office and dispatched for many police, fire and ambulance departments in the valley. She worked the county dispatch center when each phone number had its own phone at the center and a light on the street corner was used for notification of a call rather than radio.

When Carol retired in June 2006 from her position as the MSAG coordinator for the E911 system in Garfield County, the system was computer-aided and had multiple lines and frequencies. Carol enjoyed gardening, cooking, ranching, helping others, her friends, road trips and her children and grandchildren.

Carol is survived by her sons, Vince (Sam) Silvius and Victor Silvius; sisters Lynette Swanson and Lynette “Netta” Jacoby; niece Steph (Terry) Harlan and their children, Chelsea and Austin; nephews Daryl (Candee) Olson and Danny Olson; grandchildren Vaughn Jerry and Vanson Karl Silvius; and many loving friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry W. Silvius; her parents, Rev. Herb and Esther Olson; and her adopted brother, Jerry Olson.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Rocky Mountain Baptist Church in Rifle. Interment will follow immediately at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle. Rifle Funeral Home is handling arrangements. The family is inviting all to a potluck gathering after the service at their ranch in Silt. Bring your mud boots!

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Carol Silvius Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.

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