Carol A. Stolns-Ash of Delta died from cancer Feb. 25, 2013, at Willow Tree Care Center. She was 64.
She was born in Denver April 25, 1948, to Raymond and Letha Stoker. She spent her childhood and attended high school and college at Pillar of Fire School in Denver.
She married Daniel Stoln in 1965. They lived primarily in Denver and had two daughters, Danielle and Keri. The marriage ended in divorce after 11 years.
She married Terry Martin in 1982. They lived in Montrose and had one daughter, Anna-lee. Their four-year marriage ended in divorce.
She married Paul Ash in 1988 in Montrose. They moved from Montrose and lived in Delta 23 years. They were married for just over 25 years when she died. He survives.
Mrs. Stolns - Ash owned and operated the Lake City Resort from 1976 to 1979. She was co-publisher of The Lake City Pioneer newspaper. In 1979 she moved her family to Montrose where she worked for the Montrose Daily Press for many years as a circulation manager, reporter and regional editor. In 1997 she and her husband began publishing The Valley Heartbeat newspaper in Delta, which operated for 13 years until she suffered a stroke in March 2011.
Mrs. Stolns-Ash was involved in politics and the community. She was secretary for the Montrose County Republican Party, served on the executive board for the Third Congressional District, was a precinct committeewoman for the Delta County Republican Party for over 20 years, and served the Retired Senior Volunteer Program for over 20 years both as an advisory board member and as a member of the board of directors. She drove a school bus and was active with the high school speech team as a judge. She enjoyed the arts, nature, visiting with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, bargain shopping, exploring the mountains, ghost towns and old mining sites of the region, playing games, gardening and cooking.
She is survived by her husband, Paul Ash of Delta; a son, James Ash of Colorado Springs; three daughters, Keri Kenney and husband Jeff of Yuma, Ariz., Annalee Martin of Delta, and Odessa Ash of Colorado Springs; two brothers, Robert Campbell and wife Lauretta of Delta, and Bill Campbell and wife Lisa of Montrose; two sisters, Peggy Grose and husband Elmer, and Joni Klein and husband Brian, all of Montrose; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Danielle Barbee; and her stepfather, "Daddy Bob" Campbell.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation Oncology Fund, 1501 E. 3rd Street, Delta, CO 81416; to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416; or to the Colorado West Retired Senior Volunteer Program, P.O. Box 87, Montrose, CO 81402.
Arrangements are being handled by Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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