Carol Lee Heidecker, age 69, passed away on Sept. 17, 2007, at her home in Bozeman. She was born on Oct. 22, 1938, in Bozeman, the daughter of Mildred (Milliron) Eller and the late Charles F. "Bus" Wilson.
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Carol attended Montana State University and was a secretary in the electrical engineering department.
She married the love of her life, Robert Heidecker, on July 3, 1964, and they were blessed with two beautiful children, Brenda and Jason.
Carol is survived by her husband, Bob, of 43 years; her son, Jason Heidecker of Boulder, Colo.; mother, Mildred Eller of Ogden, Utah; brother, Donald (Donna) Wilson of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; sister, Debbie (Ferrin) Calder of South Weber, Utah; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews that she loved so dearly.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Brenda; and her father, Bus Wilson.
Carol and Bob were married in San Jose, Calif., and lived there for one year. They moved to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for one year where their daughter, Brenda, was born and diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. From there they moved to Boulder, Colo., and during that time they were blessed to get their son, Jason. After 15 years in Colorado, they retired and moved to Bozeman where they have resided since.
Carol was a profoundly devoted mother and wife. As her daughter experienced the severe challenges of CF, Carol's unwavering dedication sustained Brenda until her passing at age 18. Carol was also extraordinarily devoted to her husband, always in support of and promoting him in his business/engineering ventures. Their mutual love and admiration marked a beautiful life together. She was a very spiritual person and had great faith in Christ and the love of God.
She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her, particularly her miniature poodle, Tico, who never strayed from her side. Special thanks to all of her friends; her caregiver, Cindy Reed, and nurse, Glenn Colclough, who compassionately cared for her over the past few years during her illness. We are also thankful for the nurses and doctors at the Billings and Mayo Clinics and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
A celebration of Carol's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at St. James Episcopal Church, 5 W. Olive St., Bozeman; the Rev. Clark Sherman will preside. Interment will be in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman. A reception will be held at the Heidecker home, 6030 Bridger Lake Dr., following interment.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. James Episcopal Memorial Fund, 5 W. Olive St., Bozeman 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Sept. 19 to Sept. 21, 2007