Carol Jean South: 1945-2004

Carol Jean South, 59, of Maybell, passed away peacefully, Dec. 16, 2004 in Phoenix, surrounded by family.

Carol was born April 2, 1945 in Seward County, Neb., to Quintin and Mildred Harris. They soon moved to Fruita, Colo., where she was raised. She was married to David Gobbo in April 1962 and started a family in the Grand Junction area. Her daughter, Shanna, was born in Noember 1962 and son, David, was born in September1972.

In 1973, the family relocated to Maybell because of a job change for David. They later were divorced and Carol moved her family to Craig. After several years, Carol moved back to Maybell and acquired the Maybell Store. The store was one of her greatest joys. She loved chatting (joking) with all of her customers and helping the local organizations with donation of money and her time.

On Dec. 31, 1989, she married the love of her life, Earl South. They spent a lot of time together enjoying life. Fishing, wildlife watching, four-wheeling and any other thing they could make up. She also enjoyed painting, gardening and gambling.

Carol is survived by her husband, Earl South of Maybell; daughter, Shanna (Laine Riha) Gobbo of Cresco, Iowa; son, David (Penny) Gobbo of Fort Lupton, Colo.; granddaughter, Sarena (Meghan Fitzgibbon) Paulson of Phoenix; grandsons, Jacob Paulson of Ettrick, Wis., and Hunter Gobbo of Fort Lupton, Colo,; sister Ruth (Bobby) Copeland of Dallas, and mother, Mildred Threatt, of Dallas. Her father, Quintin Harris, preceded Carol in death.

Memorial services were held Dec. 29, 2004 at Maybell Elementary School with Tim Jantz officiating. Pianist was Sherrie Johnson. Selections were "Amazing Grace," "Walking After Midnight" by Patsy Cline and "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw.

In this time of unexpected tragedy, sometimes people are overlooked for their contributions and support. We, the family, would like to thank everyone whom we might have inadvertently missed.

A special thanks goes out to the Maybell community for their help and support. Your thoughtfulness was most appreciated.

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