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Carol Williams Jodar

Posted on: 2013-09-23

Carol Williams Jodar, 66, of Bozeman, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening surrounded by her loving family. Everyone who knew her was inspired by the courage she showed in the face of her long-term struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. She always found a way to smile, even in the most difficult of circumstances, and lived her life as a shining example of how to rise above adversity and live life to the fullest. To see the sparkle in her eyes was to know, first hand, the meaning of joy. Her generous spirit touched the lives of many people and she never hesitated to put others before herself or lend a helping hand when one was needed. Carol's friendships were the stuff of legend, both in terms of length and quality, and a true testament to the level of devotion she brought to each relationship. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, a passionate advocate for the cultural arts, her beloved Intermountain Opera Bozeman in particular, and a tireless defender of animals and our natural environment from abuse and exploitation.

Carol was born January 27, 1947, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to William and Helen (DeCourcy) Williams. She attended Webster University and then Boston University where she earned a Master's degree in Fine Arts. She was a skillful painter and sculptor. Carol was a gifted athlete, and moved to Aspen, Colo., to teach skiing. There she met her husband to be, Bruce Jodar, and they were married on March 1, 1980. Carol and Bruce moved to Bozeman, in 1992 where they raised their two children, William and Nora. 

Carol served on the Board of Directors of Intermountain Opera Bozeman for 13 years and was recently made an Honorary Member of the Board. She also served on the boards of the Williams Foundation and the Jodar Family Foundation. She was a major financial contributor to the Bozeman Symphony, Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, Shakespeare in the Parks, Shakespeare in the Schools, Eagle Mount, Classics For Kids, Montana Chamber Music Society, and numerous animal welfare and environmental organizations.

She is survived by her husband Bruce; son William Jodar; daughter Nora (Mark) Ligtenberg; sisters Mary (Michael) Clauder and Sharon Frisbie; brothers Joe (Judy) Williams and Tom (Jenny) Williams; mother Helen Williams; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Annabelle, and her beloved cats Tinkerbell and Shelby.

Carol will be missed by all who knew her, for a great light has gone out in the world, but especially by her husband of 33 years, Bruce, for whom she was a constant companion, best friend, and loving partner in life.

Donations in remembrance of Carol should be sent to Intermountain Opera Bozeman. A private celebration of her life will be held on Sept. 29.

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