Charlotte Ann Keough Wilson passed away on Oct. 5, 2017, just hours shy of her 89th birthday at Heidi's Chateau Assisted Living in Montrose. She lived all her life in the Hotchkiss area and is lovingly remembered by friends, family and community as a woman who worked hard, gave of herself to her community and family, and supported those she loved with quiet, unwavering loyalty.
As an only child, Charlotte was raised mostly by grandparents, Ida and Miles Keough and Harry and Pauline Fetz. Her best early memories were of summers spent up Leroux Creek on Grand Mesa with the Keoughs building reservoirs with horse teams -- reservoirs that would provide precious water for agriculture needs on Rogers Mesa and the Hotchkiss area. She remembered fishing with her mom, sleeping in a hammock above the adults in a tiny cabin, burning dry grass to keep mosquitos away, and many other adventures. Summers were filled with hours of play and work on horseback. Charlotte's favorite horse was her paint horse named Pat. It was in the magic of the Leroux Creek summers that she met Ruth Hill Cheskaty who became her lifelong friend.
Charlotte graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1946 and attended college at Western State in Gunnison. She returned to Hotchkiss and in 1948, she married Howard Wilson of Hotchkiss. Her married life became that of a farm wife, keeping the home while helping with the fruit orchards, livestock and vegetable gardens. The Wilsons raised mostly apples and for many years packed their own fruit at the Growers Trading packing house in Hotchkiss. They had two children, Beverley and Edwin.
Charlotte was active in her community. She served for decades in the Harmony Club, a women's club for the Hanson and Powell Mesa community. She also volunteered at the county fair and frequently entered prize-winning baked goods. During her later years, she volunteered tirelessly at the Hotchkiss Methodist Church's Peace Circle Thrift Store.
She is survived by son and daughter, Edwin Wilson and Beverley Dwire, son-in-law Bruce Dwire, granddaughters Teresa Dwire-Elliott, Karen Dwire, Audrey Wilson-Williamson, grandson Justin Wilson, and seven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Hotchkiss Methodist Church Peace Circle or the HHS Alumni Fund, c/o First State Bank of Hotchkiss.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Rogers Mesa Community House near Hotchkiss.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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