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Carolyn Shirley Colton

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Mrs. Carolyn Shirley Colton, age 83 of Goodyear, AZ died June 8, 2019 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born April 21, 1936 in San Diego, CA to Carroll and Shirley Chapman. Carolyn was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also belonged to the California Teachers Association and was voted Teacher of the Year.

Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Catherine Ann Colton, son, William Channing Colton, and grandson, William Christopher Colton. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Sprague Colton. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 N. Sarival Avenue, Goodyear, AZ 85338. The family suggests that donations be made to Doctors Without Borders.

4 Comments on “Carolyn Shirley Colton

  1. Mrs. Colton was one of my most beloved teachers. It was first grade. I was very young, but I still, to this day, remember her as one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. I wish I had reached out sooner, I wish I had gotten to talk to her once more. It saddens me I wasn’t able to tell her that her kindness still resonates with me, and that I think of her positive influence quite often. Some people just leave that impression. She was one. I will miss her dearly.

  2. Mrs. Colton was my second grade teacher. I wrote about my first time meeting her in my application to college. She was the sweetest, gentlest woman I ever met, and she made me want to be a teacher. This June I finished my first year as a teacher. Thank you Mrs. Colton for your kindness, your generosity, and for teaching me.

  3. Rest in peace, Mrs. Colton. Thanks for being a kind teacher.

  4. When I was a young, very green teacher, I had the good fortune of meeting the wonderful Carolyn Colton when we both taught at Ida Price Middle School. Carolyn took me under her wing and helped me navigate the teaching profession. Carolyn was handpicked to move to Price when they added sixth grade. Positive, enthusiastic, excellent teachers were needed and Carolyn fit the bill. In addition to being a wonderful teacher, Carolyn brought many ideas to Price to raise morale. She started a Sunshine Club that made sure every teacher was acknowledged for a birthday or important event. For St. Patrick’s Day, Carolyn roped me in to help spoil the staff with a baked potato feast. If I remember correctly, we each baked 20 potatoes ahead of time. When I changed schools, Carolyn continued to support me and offer advice. When the school district (for the first time ever) asked teachers to nominate other teachers for our annual Teacher of the Year award (or TotY as Carolyn later called it), I immediately knew who to nominate: Carolyn of course! She was an outstanding teacher in the classroom, students thrived under her care. But she was also an amazing staff member, spreading sunshine throughout the school. Carolyn won and was the first teacher chosen by her peers. I am a better teacher and a better person because of Carolyn. She will always be one of my heroes!

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