Carol Ann Willis

Friday, August 22, 2014

Carol Ann Willis, 63, of Nevada, Mo., the daughter of Roy Allen and Edna Mae (Morgan) Counce was born Aug. 5, 1951, in Denver, Colo., and passed from this life Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Freeman West Hospital, in Joplin, Mo.

Carol was raised and attended school in Colorado Springs and lived in various places across the United States before settling in Nevada in 1995 to be near her son. She was a homemaker for most of her life, but did work for a time as a cocktail waitress and as a convenience store clerk. Her hobbies included collecting turtles, puzzles, and she was known to be an avid Elvis Presley fan.

Survivors include her three children, Ida Mae Weber and Tony, of Kit Carson, Colo., Philip Dale Willis and Sherry, of Joplin, and Melinda Sue Mortimer, of Pendale, Pa.; her mother, Edna Davis, of Nevada; siblings, Richard Counce, of Ellicotte, Colo., Edwin Counce, of Elizabeth, Colo., Karen Jackson, of Castle Rock, Colo., Barbara of Texas, and Roy Counce Jr., of Elizabeth, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Carol was preceded in death by her father; brother, David; and stepmother, Rosie Counce.

It was Carol's wish to have her ashes taken back to her Colorado, the place she considered home. Her children are fulfilling that wish.

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