Carolyn Leuthold, 79, of Molt and Columbia, Mo., a lifelong civic activist and consumer advocate, died April 6, 2012, at home of pancreatic cancer.
She was born in 1932 in Monterey Park, Calif. She was valedictorian of her high school class in Estacada, Ore., and received a scholarship to Lewis and Clark College, where she earned a degree in English, education and library science. She did graduate study at the University of Montana.
In 1956 she served as an International Farm Youth Exchange delegate to Belgium, the first trip in a lifetime of international travel. Later in life she also lived for short periods in New Zealand, England and Romania. Her last international travel was a visit to Myanmar to check on a project that has sent 600,000 books there.
She taught school in Grants Pass, Ore., and San Clemente, Calif. More recently, she helped operate the family cattle ranch in Montana.
She was chairman of Mental Health Associations in Sweetgrass and Stillwater counties and in Boone County, Missouri. She was active in the Lake Basin Homemakers, the Columbus Garden club and Friends of the Stillwater Library. She was a member of the Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Survivors include her husband, David; a daughter, Janet Holt of Leawood, Kan.; a son, Johnny Leuthold of Portland, Ore.; two grandchildren; a sister, Corrine Romero of Loveland, Colo.; and a brother, Bill Varitz of West Linn, Ore.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Avenue, Billings, at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2.