Carol Rinehart |

Carol Rinehart

October 5, 1943 - July 5, 2014

Carol Rinehart of Colona, Colo., loved for her bright, beautiful smile and bountiful heart, passed away at Deerhart Ranch, surrounded by family on July 5, 2014.

Born on October 5, 1943, to Genevieve and Gordon MacDonald, Carol lived in Aspen from 1974 to 1992. Endowed with a generous spirit and caring personality, Carol found spiritual strength through prayer and her faith in Jesus Christ. She was a ceremonial person with Northern Cheyenne and Native American Church ways. She was also known for her fine sewing and beading of traditional Native American garments and accessories and modern American quilts.

Carol was devoted to her family, and volunteered for her children’s schools and the Aspen Thrift Store. She supported husband Dixie Rinehart in his many entrepreneurial endeavors from a night club to a mail-order tipi business and a Native American jewelry store. She also held many part-time jobs throughout her life, including a jeweler’s apprentice, a beautician and a public bus driver.

Carol is survived by husband Dixie Rinehart; three children and their spouses, Tina and Barclay Purcell, Tanya and Yasuo Ishikawa, and Scott and Natascha Rinehart; grandchildren, Abigail and William Purcell, Canyon Ishikawa, and Simon Rinehart; and her sisters, Donna Prestel and Diane Franks (and husband Ray Franks) as well as their children and grandchildren.

A private burial took place at the Colona Cemetary on July 8. A memorial service and celebration of Carol’s life will be scheduled for this autumn. Expressions of condolence can be sent to the Rinehart Family, 37055 Highway 550 South, Montrose, CO 81403.