Carol Lazo, 1927-2011 |

Carol Lazo, 1927-2011

Carol Virginia Van Slyke Lazo, departed life March 18, 2011, on her own terms. The daughter of Clague A. Van Slyke and Frances L. Williams, she was born in Benson, Minnesota, on Sept. 16, 1927. A graduate of Benson High School and Macalester College, as a young woman she traveled through Mexico, Italy, France and Germany, where she met and married Kent Lazo during the Korean War. With him, she raised four children in Denver, Cincinnati, Houston, London (U.K.) and Stokes Poges, Bucks, England. She lived the last decades of her life in Breckenridge, Alma and Grand Junction, Colorado. She was a reader, writer, painter, antiquer, volunteer fire fighter (with the Red, White & Blue), bird-lover, liberal thinker and “splutterer.” She also loved Cheetos, Diet Dr. Pepper, Hersheys chocolate, cable TV, the BBC, crossword puzzles, the New York Times Book Review and her land on the Uncompaghre. Marlyn, Betty and Lola were the kindred-spirited friends of her youth, adulthood and old age. Predeceased by her older brother, Clague A. Van Slyke II, niece Melissa Van Slyke, and dear companions Tasha, Maggie, Max and Buddy. Survived by children Sandy (Don Layton), Chris, Suzi (Dave Newkirk), and Jeff (Jill); beloved grandsons Todd and Ross Layton and Tommy Newkirk, cherished granddaughter Liz-E Lazo, and step-granddaughters Sady and Bonny Wootten; sister (-in-law) Sally Van Slyke and nieces, nephews in Arizona.For enhancing the quality of her life during her last years, Carol’s family thanks Harold, Barb, Mollie and Letha, and the staff of Columbine Animal Hospital. Friends are invited to share memories online at or to join a gathering at her home (for details e-mail Donations to the Buddy & Carol Lazo Fund at Roice-Hurst Humane Society (PO Box 510, Clifton CO 80520) would be deeply appreciated.

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