Roth, Carol Jane (Rasmussen) died on Sunday July 2, 2017, in Minneapolis. She was 86. Carol was an artist, musician, mother, and iconoclast. She is survived by her sons William D.C. Roth and partner Martha Cameron of Hollandale, Wisconsin, John R.G. Roth of Norfolk, Virginia, Peter C.L. Roth and Molly Stark of Penacook, New Hampshire, and David R.L. Roth and Eleni Marsh of Cicero, Illinois, in addition to 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Carol was born August 2, 1931, in Minneapolis to Roy and Blanche Rasmussen, who both died young and from then Carol was raised by her grandmother Clara Rasmussen. She grew up in southwest Minneapolis and attended Southwest High School. She attended the Minneapolis School of Art where she met David W.C. Roth, a seminary student, whom she married in 1952. Eventually Carol earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of IllinoisChicago, and a Master of Fine Arts from Northwestern University. Carol was a gifted pianist and organist playing sacred music in churches and American song book tunes and ragtime in a cafe in Panajachel, Guatemala, where she resided, married to John Derksen, for some 15 years. She was an evocative abstract expressionist painter, drawer and sculptor. Her works adorn walls in the United States, Central America and Europe. She lived for the past 18 years in southwest Minneapolis where she returned to be with her junior high school sweetheart Peter Taylor, who sadly died in 2008. Carol was always drawing, doodling, singing, reading a detective novel, or cooking a delicious meal or a pie. She loved to travel and saw many parts of the world. She counted wonderful friends and relations all around the country and abroad. Carol was a committed feminist and progressive. She was generous of spirit and lived life fully and on her own terms.

Published on July 9, 2017

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