Memorial Gift Donation to Ben Barber Innovation Academy and Frontier STEM Academy

The faculty and staff of Ben Barber Innovation Academy and Frontier STEM Academy would like to express our deepest appreciation to the Rascon family for honoring their beloved wife and mother by donating numerous tools and supplies in her memory. We are privileged to honor Charlotte Rason's memory by using the supplies donated to teach the next generation of creators and innovators.

Charlotte Lorraine Rascon

Charlotte Lorraine Rascon was born on the 31st of October, 1940 in El Paso, Texas. Charlotte passed away on the 11th of September, 2020. She would have celebrated her 80th birthday on Halloween day.

Her father was also born in El Paso, Texas while her mother was born in St. Johns, Arizona. Charlotte had one full sibling and six half siblings. Charlotte in her travels lived in such places as Clark County, Nevada, Missoula, Montana, San Gabriel, California, Oxnard, California, and Mansfield, Texas.

Charlotte, on her Rascon side, traces her ancestral lineage to the time of Christopher Columbus. One of the individuals who traveled with Columbus, was a man by the name of Gomez Rascon. Not only did he capitulate the use of his ship, La Pinta, but was also part of the crew who made landfall in the West Indies in the year 1492. Gomez was Charlotte’s many times removed great uncle.

Charlotte was well-liked and loved by her friends and relatives. Whenever they visited her, she always made sure that the coffee pot was on and that there was a generous amount of food on her dining table. There are many precious memories.  She was an artist and the consummate craft person.  She worked in ceramics & building sculptures out of everyday things at the University of Montana.

Charlotte's life long passion was her sewing.  When she was younger she made or altered clothes for her 3 lovely daughters.  She was a strong person both spiritually and morally.  The youngest and the oldest of her daughters both had severe disabilities with one passing on in 2014.  When Charlotte became disabled herself in 1988 she devoted herself to her mainly to her sewing while still pursuing other crafts.  Charlotte specialized in the alterations of formals and wedding gowns.

A lot of the tools donated to Ben Barber for their new Maker Program fits the ideal of Charlotte Lorraine Rascon as she was, heart and soul, a Maker with a dream.

Charlotte Rascon











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