Obituary- Carolyn Sue Villela |

Obituary- Carolyn Sue Villela

Staff reports

A celebration of life will take place Saturday, Sept. 22 for Carolyn Sue Villela, who died Sept. 9, 2001, following a short illness. She was 59.

Mrs. Villela was born Aug. 1, 1942, at Camdenton, Mo., to Lin and Rita Libby. She was a resident of Lake Tahoe from 1981 to 1996, when she and her husband moved to Gardnerville, Nev. She had worked at Harveys Resort Casino and the Carson City Nugget and most recently was an employee of Bill’s Casino at Stateline. She grew so many sunflowers that she had to sell them at the Farmer’s Market. She could sew anything from scratch and could inspire happiness in positively any surrounding.

An athlete, artist and creative spirit, she continues to be a role model for strong women. Like the sunflowers she loved, she was able to grow anywhere she found herself planted. She reached wildly for the sun and believed any dream, no matter how big, was worth stretching to reach. May her memory remind everyone to strive to find the greatness in themselves and those around them, and to have the heart to stretch to the heavens.

Survivors include her husband, David Villela of Gardnerville; daughter, Denise Arthur and granddaughter Taylor of Gardnerville; son Don Arthur of South Lake Tahoe; and daughter D’Lanie Blaze and her fiance Bill Churchville of Los Angeles, Calif.

A celebration of life will take place on the day of Autumn Equinox, Sept. 22, at the home she shared with her husband at 1353 Honeybee, Gardnerville, Nev. 89410. The theme for the celebration will be autumn, her favorite time of year, and sunflowers. The home will be open for celebration all day. Food and beverages are welcome and musicians are encouraged to bring their acoustic instruments. A special tribute will take place at 3 p.m. with a prayer to follow at sunset, her favorite time of day. Guests will be welcome from morning until whenever they decide to go home. Celebrate with the family the gift of having been touched by someone so special.

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