Carolyn Jean Gray


Carolyn Jean Gray (Prentice), 71, passed away at her home on April 4, 2022, from a long battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 8, 1951, in Alamosa, Colo., to Melvin and Goldie Peterson.

Carolyn grew up in the Sargent area and attended Sargent School and Adams State College. She loved showing horses when she was young and found her way to the track to do some horse racing.

She had a love for skiing, traveling, watching football and basketball with her husband Mike and her dog Mitzy.

Carolyn was branch manager for the San Luis Valley Federal Bank in Monte Vista, Colo., and retired in 2016 after 40 years of service. Carolyn was an active member of the Monte Vista Rotary and served as secretary. Carolyn also served on the Board of the Creede Repertory Theatre for many years.

Carolyn is survived by her loving husband Mike Prentice of 39 years; sons, Warren (Malisa) Rytting, their children Zach and Sam, Charleston, Ark.: Joe (Maria) Rytting, their children Hayden, Mason and Chase, Gurnee, Ill., daughter Jennifer (Phil) Aderinto their children Miki and Landen, Mesa, Ariz., stepdaughters Anjanette (Devin) deSimone, their children Brandon and Dylan, Englewood, Colo.: Dayna Tremain and Denise Martinez, brother Ronald (Judy) Peterson and sister Darlene Miller, several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Carolyn also considered Kristy Miller and Brian (Tami) David and their children Heather, Alycia and Kristen in her extended family.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents Melvin and Goldie Peterson, Grandparents Albert and Bertha Eagles, Joe and Anna Peterson and her Nephew Greg Peterson.

Cremation was selected and a Celebration of Life Service for Carolyn will be held at the First United Methodist Church, in Monte Vista, on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at 1 p.m.

Carolyn will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her. Carolyn’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or a non-profit of your choice.

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