Velta Carol Jimenez

Velta Carol Jimenez

Velta Carol Jimenez, 80, of Cobden, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at her residence.

She was born on 1943 in Red Oak, Okla. She was blessed with a life journey as a teacher/educator, having taught in private and parochial education in Oklahoma, Dixon, Ill., and Rockford, Ill. 

She received a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern State University in Durant, Okla., a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and did her postgraduate studies at Universidad de Salamanca.

She contributed to education in the field of adult education, English as a second language, bilingual education and as a schoolteacher of Spanish, English and French.

In 2003, Carol, her husband and family relocated to Southern Illinois and found their “Pedacito de Tierra,” or small acreage of land. Growing 21 varieties of specialty hot peppers, she soon became known for her Habanero Honey Spread, Orange Jalapeno and a list of seven spicy jellies and jams. Darn Hot Peppers soon became a favorite at farmers markets across the state and had large coverage in the interstate online market.

Her greatest joy was in having raised a family of two boys to be men who are of God’s spirit: hard working and loving of their family and caring contributing members of their community and nation.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Gerardo Jimenez; son Xavier Jimenez with spouse Erica Smith Jimenez; grandsons Kai Ke and Rio Le Jimenez, living in Truckee, Calif., Victor Jimenez with spouse Nikhia Griffith Hamm Jimenez, living in Fairfax, Wash.; and three siblings, Duane, Rose and Judy.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ivan Nelson; her mother, Juanice Nelson; and six siblings, Randy, Gail, Jean, Frances, Ann and Virginia.

The family hosted a memorial service for Carol Jimenez on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church of Cobden, with Rev. Sterrett Collins officiating.

A private family union will be held at a later date for the spreading of her life’s ashes.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S. Illinois St., Belleville, Ill. 62220.  

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
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