Carol Van Why remembered in new Highlights magazine |

Carol Van Why remembered in new Highlights magazine

Deb Williams
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photo"Will they remember the unmade bed, or the talk we had instead?" This quote by Carol Van Why is seen in Highlights magazine's premier issue, which came out this month.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Many local residents remember the late Carol Van Why from her work as children’s librarian, school volunteer and home child care provider. She died of cancer 20 years ago, leaving behind three young daughters and a wealth of parenting knowledge.

No one loved babies more than Van Why, so it is fitting that she was quoted on the folder that holds a brand new Highlights magazine for babies, called “Hello.”

Housework sometimes took second place to reading books and creating crafts with her kids. Van Why would explain, “Will they remember the unmade bed, or the talk we had instead?”

These words were selected as the very first “best advice I ever received” feature on the folder for the magazine’s premier issue, which came out this month.

Her youngest daughter, Tory Van Why Carlton, now a mom of three herself, called her copy of the magazine and folder “the greatest Christmas gift ever.”

“My mom passed away 20 years ago in September, it is so amazing to me that her friends still love her so dearly and remember her words of wisdom. Today I am feeling incredibly blessed to have had my beautiful mother for the first nine years of my life, and for friendship that transcends time, space, and even death,” said Carlton.

She and her family live in Colorado Springs, and she works at an autism center while she is working to complete her master’s degree.

Van Why’s oldest daughter, Samantha Van Why Krueger, also works and studies in Colorado Springs and has three sons.

Middle daughter Sabrina Van Why Hodson became a mother this year to a son, Trigg. Hodson teaches at the University of New Mexico in Las Cruces, and said she is grateful to all the people who keep her mom’s memory alive.

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