Anna Kathaleen Caldwell
January 11, 1922 :: Waterflow, New Mexico
March 6, 2019 :: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Rosary at 12:00 pm , Memorial Service at 12:30 pm
Anna Kathaleen Caldwell Obituary
Anna Kathaleen Caldwell, age 97, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2019 at Brookdale Bear Creek Assisted Living Facility in Colorado Springs. Kathaleen was born January 11, 1922 in Waterflow, NM, the 2nd of nine children of Charles Frederick and Lottie Berdel (Stallings) Wethington.
Kathaleen’s grandparents had migrated from Kentucky to the Waterflow area (known then as Kentucky Mesa) in the 1910s. Her parents, Fred and Lottie Wethington, married there on October 11, 1919. The family developed a thriving farm on 80 acres of desert land irrigated by water from the San Juan River. Kathaleen and her siblings attended the Sacred Heart Academy across the road from their home in Waterflow. She was the valedictorian of her senior class of 10 students in 1940. Determined to pursue a career and see more of the world, Kathaleen entered nurse’straining at Mercy Hospital in Denver in 1940. She received her Registered Nurse degree in 1943 and moved to Durango, CO to begin her nursing career at the old stone Mercy Hospital in north Durango. Within a short time, she became the nursing supervisor of surgery.
After World War II, Kathaleen married local attorney Lawrence W. “Larry” McDaniel on September 20, 1947 in Durango. Their marriage produced two sons, Robert and Gerald, before the couple divorced in 1959.
Kathaleen married William M. “Bill” Caldwell in Durango on January 13, 1961, and the couple moved to Lakewood, CO shortly afterward. Kathaleen started work at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver on February 13, 1961 and spent most of her career there in the surgery department. After a long, productive and rewarding career at St. Luke’s, she retired on February 27, 1987. Her nursing career, with time off as a stay-at-home mom when her boys were young, spanned 44 years.
Growing up on the farm, Kathaleen became accustomed to hard work. While all the Wethington children helped chop weeds, shock hay, feed the chickens and milk the cows, Kathaleen’s mother also relied on her to help raise her younger siblings, and she was often her father’s chosen helper with the farm work. Despite the hard work, Kathaleen had fond memories of growing up in Waterflow. Her uncle operated the Waterflow Trading Post (later the Eddy Lake Trading Post), and she was fascinated with the Navajos who traded there. She loved how they dressed (especially their jewelry), and delighted in negotiating with them when they purchased peaches and other produce from the farm.
In addition to her strong work ethic, she always strove to look her best, and she tried to instill the values of hard work, dedication and tasteful dressing habits in her sons. After making the adjustment to city life, she became an avid sports fan of first, the Denver Broncos and later, the Colorado Rockies. Kathaleen and Bill were Denver Broncos season ticket holders for many years. When the Rockies debuted in 1993, Kathaleen purchased tickets for a large family group to attend the Rockies’ first-ever home game in Mile High Stadium. She was a diehard fan of both teams until the day she died. It’s fitting that her memorial service will be on the Rockies’ opening day at Coors Field.
Kathaleen was pre-deceased by both of her husbands; sisters Mary Helen Stevens, Pauline Holgate, Regina Silva, and Ila Mae Moran; brothers Robert (aka Adam) and Roy Wethington; step daughter Christine Wardell, and daughter-in-law Vicki McDaniel. She is survived by her sons Robert McDaniel (Jill) of Durango and Gerry McDaniel (Kim) of Woodland Park, CO; step daughters Candace (David) Murray and Claudia (Al) Kelley; sisters Angela Acker and Rita Kern; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Cremation has occurred, and Kathaleen’s ashes will be interred at her husband, Bill Caldwell’s grave site at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO. Her funeral service will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Name Catholic Parish in Englewood, CO. A reception will follow at Northgate Event Center beginning at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the La Plata County Historical Society, P.O. Box 3384, Durango, CO 81302, St. Jude Catholic Church, 9405 W Florida Ave., Lakewood CO 80232-5111, or Catholic Daughters of America, C/O Maria Garret, 2383 South Yarrow Way, Lakewood CO 80227.