Charlene “Chuckie” McWilliams, age 79, of Timnath, Colorado passed away peacefully on
December 22, 2022. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska on June 1, 1943.
She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Rose Goodwin, her sister Martha
Massengale, and her twin sister, Darlene Anderson.
Those left to cherish Chuckie’s memory are her loving husband of 57 years, Jim McWilliams of
Timnath, Colorado, her children and their spouses, Julie Otto and her husband Chris of Fort
Collins, Colorado, Scott McWilliams and his wife Mariah of Bayfield, Colorado, her two
grandchildren, Paige Otto of Denver, Colorado, Blake Otto of Lawrence, Kansas, extended
family, and countless dear friends.
Chuckie was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from Central High School. She attended
the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she met her husband, Jim, during freshman
orientation week. Chuckie graduated with a degree in elementary education, and was an active
member of the Alpha Phi sorority. After graduating from college, Chuckie and Jim were married
on August 21, 1965.
Chuckie was an elementary school teacher for three years in three different cities, when she
decided it was time to stay home and raise a family. They welcomed their daughter, Julie and
son, Scott, and continued moving around the Midwest until they finally settled in Fort Collins in
1985. Chuckie was involved with Fort Collins Newcomers Club, Fort Collins Service League,
and a local PEO chapter.
Chuckie enjoyed life full of her many passions, including flower gardening, entertaining guests,
cross stitching gifts, spoiling her grand dog “Tanner,” watching CSU games, soaking up the sun
as much as she could, and many years of Bridge games with friends. Chuckie was a spectator
extraordinaire and never missed a game or performance from her grandchildren.
Jim and Chuckie have traveled extensively to more than 40 countries, including Chuckie’s
favorite, the Tuscan region of Italy. Their most recent trip to Egypt and Israel this past fall were
the last two countries on her bucket list. For many years, they spent time at their mountain
cabin in Estes Park, and looked forward to escaping the Colorado winters with cruises to
Those who knew Chuckie knew her as a classy, stylish lady who always dressed to the nines.
She loved well and was well-loved. Her strength and wisdom will be remembered and dearly
missed by all who had the honor of knowing her.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 12th at 2:00 p.m. at Redeemer South Fort
Collins. If you are unable to attend, a live stream will be available at
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.