Carla Jean Merrell

Passed May 24, 2023


Last updated 6/6/2023 at 10:34am

Carla Jean Merrell, age 62, passed away on May 24 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, family member, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Faith and Chris, Jared, Jake, and Amy; four amazing grandchildren, Benjamin (14), Jacob (8), Olivia (10), and Owen (8); her former husband, Bruce; her mother, Anna Welpton; and siblings, Linda McWilliams and Jon Welpton; among many other special people in her life.

Carla lived her life in California (1961-1994), Oregon (1994-2021), and Colorado (2021-present) with a zest for living that was infectious. She had a warm and generous spirit that drew people to her, and she cherished every relationship she was a part of. As a mother, she poured all of her love and energy into raising her children with kindness, guidance, and unconditional support. Her family was the center of her world, and she found immeasurable joy in watching her children grow into wonderful adults and in spending time with her grandchildren.

Carla approached her role as a grandmother with the same beauty, love, and grace that she brought to all aspects of her life. She was a constant source of encouragement, a listening ear, and a shoulder to lean on. Her grandchildren adored her, and she loved nothing more than spending time with them, spoiling them with treats, and creating special memories.

Despite her diagnosis of breast cancer, Carla remained a fighter until the very end. She faced her illness with courage, strength, and dignity, inspiring those around her with her unwavering spirit. Her loss will be deeply felt, but her legacy of love, kindness, and generosity will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.

Carla Jean Merrell was a beautiful soul who lived a life filled with love, joy, and meaning. She will be remembered always for the light she brought into the lives of those around her, and for the love she had for her family. Rest in peace, Carla, knowing that you were deeply loved and will be forever missed.


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