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Carol Jean Colver

January 31, 1936 - January 27, 2016

On January 27, 2016 Carol Jean Colver passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side in Chandler, Arizona.

Carol was born in Kansas City Missouri on January 31, 1936 to Helen and Olin John (“OJ”) Cope. She spent her childhood in Kansas City and graduated with a sociology degree and was a Delta, Delta, Delta from the University of Kansas in May 1958. While attending KU, she met Charles Phillip Colver (“Phil”) and they were married on January 25th, 1958. Together they had three children Jeanne, John Clay and Suzanne. Carol was very involved in League of Women Voters and she began a gourmet club with other faculty wives where they explored the world in their kitchens. While in Norman OK with three small children, Carol went to the University of Oklahoma Nursing School and became a registered nurse.

In the late 60’s Carol and Phil started coming to Aspen with the Oklahoma City Ski Club and fell in love with the mountains and the community. In the early 70s they made the decision to make Aspen their home and bought a piece of land in “Mountain Valley” where they “hand built” their home to raise their three children.

Carol loved her job as an RN at Aspen Valley Hospital where she worked for many years. She began her nursing career at what she referred to as “the old hospital” and worked many years at the hospital in its present location. She loved her patients and the people she worked with.

After her divorce, Carol moved to San Diego, California to be near her ailing mother. She had a wonderful home overlooking Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean as she loved the ocean views and sunsets. She was a member of the University of California at San Diego Extension Osher Lifelong Learning Institute where she took classes and performed in many plays as well as directed a play. In San Diego, she had many great friends who loved to play cards, come by for a great meal or go to the theatre.

In 2006, she moved to Phoenix to be closer to her daughter Suzanne and her family. She loved the birds, the desert sunsets and the warm air but most importantly being close to her daughter and her family.

Carol was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend and will be remembered for her great sense of humor, love for cooking, good conversation, politics, wine, playing cards, yoga and being with her family. She always had a good time with her grandsons and loved to challenge them in a game of miniature golf, pool, ping pong, a hand of cards or any silly game she could muster. Her three children brought her warmth, a sparkle in her eye and they were everything to her.

Carol is preceded in death by her three children, Jeanne Colver Doremus, John Clay Colver and Suzanne Jill Colver: her sons-in-law Andrew Doremus and Steven Goodman ; and 7 grandsons, Ryan Doremus, Tyler Doremus, Daniel Doremus, Jack Doremus, Willy Doremus, Nathaniel Goodman and Nicholas Goodman.

A celebration of her life will be planned for a date in late June and she will be buried at Aspen Grove Cemetery in Aspen, Colorado. Any donation may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association for research purposes.


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