March 3, 1946 – December 12, 2013
On Thursday morning, December 12th, 2013, an angel of the valley passed from this life to the next at her home in Glenwood Springs. Roselan Carr, a 25-year resident of Glenwood, was a long-standing beacon of love, kindness, encouragement and strength to all who knew her. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
Roselan was born in Hinton, Oklahoma, on March 3rd, 1946, to Herbert and Katherine Smith. She grew up with 5 sisters, of which she was second youngest.
Roselan had a heart of service and patience, which led her to a career in teaching. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education in 1968 from Oklahoma State University and later obtained her master’s degree in Education in 1984 from Central State University. On March 24th of 1967 she married her one & only, Ron Carr. Ron was her lover, friend and caretaker till the end. She called him her Hero.
Ron and Roselan moved their family from Edmond, Oklahoma, to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in 1988 after falling in love with the valley on a road trip years prior. Being a teacher in Oklahoma, Roselan promptly followed her passion again in Colorado and started teaching 7th grade language arts at Riverside Middle School in Newcastle where she retired in 2005. Being the patient and kindhearted woman she was, kids loved having her as their teacher; students were respected, and they learned in a fun and peaceful atmosphere.
Roselan’s core beliefs of living a life of joy, peace and love were realized daily. She made the daily choice to make the world a better place and enrich the lives of all who she encountered and wouldn’t hesitate a second to credit her Lord Jesus Christ as the source of her smile and daily happiness that ended up benefiting all who knew her.
Living a healthy and active lifestyle was also a priority for Roselan, and she would often be found with Ron at a strength or spinning class at the Community Center, out walking through town saying hi to the locals, or riding their bikes around Colorado with friends. No matter where she found herself, she couldn’t help but bring a smile and lighten up people’s day. She loved her friends from church, knitting, biking, workouts, and everywhere she was engaged.
Roselan is remembered for constantly moving! She had an energy about her which was not of this world; she was a whirlwind of helping others, and she absolutely loved it. Family was her top priority, and the pride and love she had for her husband, two sons and four grandkids was one of a kind. She was a master at sharing her heart through the written word, and her sons and their families received countless letters and notes. Her heart for her grandkids was obvious; they will never have to question her great love for them, and the legacy she leaves behind of love, sacrifice and family will surely endure many generations.
After retiring, Roselan became a volunteer at the Valley View Hospital, started a knitting group, and continued to take amazing care of her home and family. She loved going to Bible study, having lunch with a friend, her morning cup of coffee, lots of daily emails, and reading books. She was always doing yard work, snowshoeing, cleaning, cooking or planning her and Ron’s next road trip adventure. “Another Adventure!” they’d both declare to one another as they’d hit the road for one of their many outings. Sadly, for all who knew her (especially her hero, Ron), she takes this Heaven-bound adventure on her own for the time being.
Along with her husband Ron of Glenwood Springs; Roselan is survived by her sons Jason and Darin, Jason’s wife Dorothy, their children Lauren and Landon, and Darin’s children Jadeyn and Ashtyn, all of Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Throughout the Oklahoma and Texas area, Roselan is survived by all five of her sisters Ginger Silvia, Patricia Vestal, Violet Gibson, Junie Chenoweth and Tommy Jo Birdsall as well as their husbands, kids and grandkids. She maintained an intimate and active relationship with them all.
Roselan will be remembered in all their hearts for her beauty that radiated from the inside out, and a wisdom that shone from having an intimate relationship with God. She will be remembered for her stunningly beautiful heart, which came through in her smile, her service and her words. She will live on in the hearts of family and friends. Roselan truly lived a good life and blessed all who had come to know her. God has been honored and glorified in her years.
A memorial service for Roselan will be held at Mountain View Church of Glenwood (www.mvcglenwood.org) on Friday, December, 20th, at 10:00am. All those who would like to honor and remember Roselan are welcome to attend. For those who would like, donations can be made to Valley View Hospital Foundation here in Glenwood Springs (www.vvhfoundation.org).
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