Caldwell "Connie" Southard, 89, of Greeley died Tuesday, January 24, 2006,
at the Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado inpatient unit
in Greeley, Colorado, after a long illness with lung and heart disease.
She was born February 18, 1916, in Davidson,
Oklhomaa, to John William and Emma Maude (Aven) Caldwell.
She met her husband, William H. "Bill" Southard
while both were serving in the Army during World War II. She moved to Greeley
after the war, and they married on August 4, 1946.
Mrs. Southard received her degree in nursing
from Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1941. She served as a register
Army nurse and captain in the Army in the European Theater. She was shot
by a sniper while tending to wounded American soldiers in France and was
among the first medical teams to go into Dachau concentration camp in Germany
to minister to the survivors. She always said she loved being a nurse in
the operating room and that she was most proud of her service to her country
in the Army. She was honored at the U.S. Women in the Military Service
War Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Southward continued to use her skills
as a nurse in Greeley for the next 50 years, volunteering as a Grey Lady
with the Greeley Hospital, now North Colorado Medical Center, and working
with Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado.
A lifelong member of the First Christian Church,
Mrs. Southard was devoted to her family and friends. An avid gardener,
she was respected for her prize roses and was recognized as the "Orchid
Lady" for growing rare orchids from around the world.
She loved music and the theater and encouraged
family to participate in actively support the cultural arts, carrying on
the family tradition established by Angie and Charles Southard in Greeley.
Mrs. Southard loved to travel, and she and
her husband visited more than 152 countries. She also was an excellent
hostess. Her favorite memories were of sharing her world travels with her
husband and gathering family and friends for
good food and lively conversations.
Survivors are her husband, William H. Southard
of Greeley; a daughter, Ann Southard Beard of San Diego, California; a
son, Charles E. Southard II and his wife Patty of Provo, Utah; four grandchildren,
Jeffery L. Beard of Los Angeles, Kristy Morris of Eagle Mountain, Utah,
and Matthew Jory Southard and James Michael Southard, both of Provo; and
four great-grandchildren, Madalyn, Taylor, Conner and Zachary Morris.
Also surviving are a sister, Frances Stone
of Columbia, South Carolina, a cousin, Jerry Wise of South Padre
Island, Texas; and three nephews, David S. Gillespie of Kinderhook, New
York, Harry St. John of Red Oaks, Iowa, and Philip Stone.
Her parents, a brother, "Son" Caldwell; a
sister and brother-in-law, Ney and Leslie Standley; two nephews,
Robert M. Gillespie and John Stone; and two sister-in-laws, Mary Elizabeth
Gillespie and Edith St. John, preceded her in death.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday
at the First Christian Church, Greeley. Cremation. Private family inurnment
will be in Linn Grove Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, memorial gifts may be
made to the American Lung Association in care of Allnutt, 702 13th St.,
Greeley, Colorado 80631.
Actually, Captain Southard was laid to rest
with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on 24 May 2006.
Posted: 21 May 2006