Carolyn Estelle Holton died Nov. 21, 2011, in Florence, Mont. She was 71.
She was born Oct. 8, 1940, in Chattanooga, Tenn. She attended school in Salinas, Calif., and graduated from Salinas High School in 1958. She attended Hartnell Junior College in Salinas.
Mrs. Holton worked for the Monterey County Welfare Department before working at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, Calif. She worked as a secretary in the SSD Publications Department in November 1961, where she met her future husband.
She married Piper Holton on Sept. 8, 1962, in Carmel, Calif. He survives.
Mrs. Holton worked for the Santa Clara School District in California until she and her husband retired and moved to Lake City before settling in Hotchkiss. She and her husband were involved with the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge and the Colorado State Elks Association where Piper was president and Carolyn became the first lady of Elkdom.
She enjoyed traveling all over the United States, Mexico and Canada. Her favorite places were Santa Cruz, Calif., Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Key West, Fla.
After suffering a heart attack when she was in her 40s, she began to spread the word about heart health for women. She was one of 63 women selected to attend training seminars at the Mayo Clinic for the National Women Heart Association. She was an advocate for Women Heart for Colorado and made presentations to women on the Western Slope and Denver area.
Mrs. Holton is survived by her husband, Piper Holton; two daughters and their families, Carrie and Christopher Morris, and their daughters, Maggie Morris and Piper Morris, and Tracy and David Stevens and their daughters, Callie Stevens, Davey Stevens and Hattie Stevens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Lottie Dedmon; two sisters, Jean Frazier and Lottie Trimble; and a brother, Paul Dedmon.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the pavilion behind Zack's Restaurant.blog comments powered by Disqus