After a full, spirited life, Rosamond Carpenter Zars Garcia died Wednesday at her daughter's home in Austin, Texas. Roz, as she was known in Routt County, was born in Hayden at the Solandt Memorial Hospital and grew up with her two brothers, Edward and Willis, on the Carpenter Ranch in the Yampa Valley.
Roz was a graduate of Kent School in Denver and Stanford University. She received her master's degree in history from the University of Denver and completed the coursework for a Ph.D.
An avid reader, bird watcher and lover of the outdoors, Roz was an accomplished horseback rider and enjoyed working with animals. She also was a talented classical pianist and with her brothers loved to sing cowboy and hobo songs. She taught history at DU, Colorado College and numerous high schools. She also worked for many years as a paralegal. Roz campaigned tirelessly for John Kennedy and took her civic responsibilities seriously. An early environmentalist and freethinker, Roz worked for better strip mine reclamation, air pollution control and fought indiscriminate predator hunting. She found great beauty in the landscape of Northwest Colorado, which she captured in her many watercolor paintings.
Roz married Peter Zars in 1952 and had three children, Belle, Reed and Hugh (Buzz). During the summer, Roz and her children regularly stayed at Oak Point, her father's homestead. She married George Elmer Garcia in 1971 and together they worked in the sheep business for many years. After the Carpenter Ranch was conveyed to The Nature Conservancy in 1996, Roz carried on her life of conversation, correspondence and inquiry from a small house she built overlooking the ranch.
She is survived by her three children, eight grandchildren, and her brother Willis, of Denver.
A memorial service to celebrate Roz's life is at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Hayden Congregational Church. Please consider a donation to The Nature Conservancy or the Hayden Public Library in lieu of flowers.