Caroline Ingraham Wilson Dodo |

Caroline Ingraham Wilson Dodo

Caroline Ingraham Wilson Dodo of Meeker died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, in Carbondale. She was 92.

She was born July 22, 1910, in Snyder, on the eastern plains of Colorado, to Edward and Mabel Wilson, one of four children. The family moved to New Castle when she was young.

She helped her mother operate the telephone office in New Castle. Her father worked as a carpenter and cabinetmaker.

She attended school in New Castle.

She married Jim Dodo, a rodeo cowboy, on July 4, 1933, in Meeker after they found a minister and convinced the county clerk to open the Rio Blanco County Courthouse and give them a wedding license.

They lived on the Dodo family ranch on West Elk Creek until they purchased their own ranch in the 1940s on Sulphur Creek in Rio Blanco County. They worked side by side to make their cattle business prosper.

Over the years, the Dodos served as grand marshals for the Meeker 4th of July parade, and they were honored at the National Western Stock Show for being among Colorado’s oldest working ranchers.

Mrs. Dodo loved photography, wildflowers and fishing, and was an excellent horsewoman. She was an active member of the Rio Blanco County Cowbelles, and in 1962 she served as the president of the Western Slope Council of the Colorado Cowbelles.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Jim Dodo, who died in 2001; by a brother, Walter Wilson; by sisters Ora Bruce and Ona Kamm; and by a nephew, Paul Edward Kamm.

Mrs. Dodo is survived by Mark and Gretta Sheridan of Meeker, who carry on the Dodo’s ranching operation; by nieces Verlene Bruce White of Greeley and Ruth Kamm Bailey of Vanleer, Tenn.; and by many great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 16, at St. James Episcopal Church in Meeker.

Inurnment will follow at 3 p.m. today at Highland Cemetery in New Castle.

Meeker Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Meeker Mortuary, P.O. Box 1048, Meeker CO 81641.

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