Hazel Jim “Jimmie” Conant was born in Dallas, Texas on November 30, 1927 to Ida May and Raymond Satterwhite. She grew up in Arlington, TX in the company of her older brother, Raymond, and four orphaned cousins, all boys. She finished a two-year program of Home Economics at the University of Texas, worked as a model at Neiman Marcus until 1950, when she married engineer and inventor Bud Clevett. With Bud she had three boys and one girl as they lived successively in Indiana, IN, in Louisville, KY, in Framingham, MA, in Palo Alta, CA, in Lexington, KY, and in Cherry Hills Village, CO. She painted as a hobby, and danced and acted in Community Theater.
In 1974 she divorced Bud and married James “Jim” Conant in the little church in Vail, Co. after a day of skiing. They honeymooned in Greece where they rented a 32-foot sailboat and sailed the Greek islands for two weeks. They lived in a town home in HeatherRidge in Aurora, CO, with sons Steve, Maxwell and Jim. Daughter Laura was in Boulder and later, in Aspen. Jim’s daughter and son, Patience and Barton, stayed in Boulder, CO, visiting Jimmie and Jim as often as possible.
Jimmie worked as secretary and manager of three medical buildings. She skied, water skied, played tennis, took lessons in scuba diving, chartered bareboat sailing yachts in the Caribbean, and read non-fiction spiritual books and accounts of people sailing the world.
After eight years in Aurora her children were on their own, and Jim retired from IBM. They sold their Aurora home and commissioned Fort Myers Yacht and Shipbuilding in Florida to build a 42 foot sailboat, a “Brewer 42” cutter designed for live-aboard ocean cruising. She named it “Sunshine”.
She sailed with Jim from island to island in the Caribbean for 3 years enjoying scuba diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean’s crystal clear waters. Next the Panama Canal locks raised them to the source of the Canal’s water, Gatun Lake, then lowered them into the vast Pacific Ocean. They spent 10 more years sailing west through the Tropics snorkeling, scuba diving, shopping in native markets. They sailed north as far as Hong Kong, then chose to round the tip of South Africa to get back to the Atlantic Ocean and home. As they approached Cape Fear on the coast of North Carolina, overseas radio told them their first granddaughter, Jessica, was being born in the new Montfort Family Birthing Center in Greeley. That led to the final phase of her life: on land in Greeley.
In 1996 they bought a comfortable little “starter” house in Eagleview on the north edge of Greeley with a view northward across Greeley’s historic “#3 Ditch” to the Poudre River and beyond, miles away. The view reminded them of the long views at sea, pleasant and calming.
Always cheerful and sparkly, Jimmie exercised with Jazzercise and danced with her team in the halftime show of a Denver Broncos football game. She worked out at Curves more than 1,000 times, took tennis lessons at WorkOut West and placed second in a seniors’ double tennis tournament. She skied until she was 85 years old. She sailed their 22 foot sailboat on Carter Lake. She walked and bicycled with her beloved Weimaraner dog, Kilo. She survived breast cancer twice, once on each side. Her cancers were removed by lumpectomies, without chemo or radiation.
In 2013 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her family, with the help of Accent Care Hospice, cared for her at home. She passed on peacefully at home in the early morning of March 3, 2019.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her older brother, Raymond. She is greatly missed by her husband Jim, her six children: Steve, Maxwell, and Jim Clevett; Laura Monaco; Patience and Barton Conant; and three grandchildren: Eric Allen, Jessica Conant and James Tyler Clevett.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the local “Humane Society of Weld County”, to the “Wild Animal Sanctuary”, in care of Adamson Life Celebration Home, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634or to the charity of your choice.