Carolyn Dean (Wadlow) Renfrow passed away on July 19, 2017, at AltaVita Memory Care Centre in Longmont. Carolyn was born in Grand Junction, Colo., on May 14, 1929, to J.T. "Jack" and Mary (Eddy) Wadlow. She lived on ranches in the Kannah Creek and Whitewater areas and attended rural schools, moving into a boarding house to attend Grand Junction High School, from which she graduated in 1946. Always a lover of music and dance, Carolyn enjoyed singing, making music on the accordion, tap-dancing, and playing piano with a dance band.
She was married to Lloyd J. Davis from 1946-1951. Daughters Patricia Rae and Mary Kathryn were born in Grand Junction in 1948. Carolyn was married to Glencoe M. Armour from 1952-1979. Son Jayson Glen was born in 1954. Full of enthusiasm and energy, she was a leader in 4-H and other community activities. She was a fast and avid reader, seamstress and knitter, when her responsibilities as a parent, homemaker and postal employee permitted. Carolyn was a very supportive daughter, sister, mom, grandma and friend!
In 1973 Carolyn became the Postmaster in Whitewater, moving to Palisade to manage that Post Office in 1976, and serving as Postmaster in Delta from 1982-1988. She also worked as a postal auditor, and trainer of clerks and postmasters. Carolyn credited her parents' example in passing on an excellent work ethic, which helped her to excel in a male-dominated position. Near the end of her career, she traveled to China with a group of Postmasters as a People-to-People representative. She served on the Delta County Planning Commission and Housing Authority, and volunteered at the Delta Museum, RSVP and Public Library.
Clyde Renfrow and Carolyn were married in February of 1988, and enjoyed attending family gatherings and local sporting events, and traveling far and wide. They were active in the Delta Presbyterian Church and Meals on Wheels. Carolyn was a valued volunteer with the Delta County Memorial Hospital for a number of years after retirement, and served the community as a member of Altrusa and PEO. Rediscovering her love for music and dance in later years, she enjoyed attending concerts, and line-dancing with a group of friends. She took pleasure in the many activities at Crossroads ALC after her move there in 2013. With a courageous, determined, and optimistic nature, Carolyn was devoted and generous to family and friends alike. She will be greatly missed.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Patricia Davis, son Jayson Armour, brother William Wadlow, husband Clyde Renfrow, and daughter-in-law Carol Renfrow. She is survived by her sister Alta Wadlow, daughter Mary "Kay" (Robert) Daugherty, grandsons Daniel Daugherty of Longmont and Benjamin (Jolie) Daugherty of Sayreville, N.J., and by sons Jim Renfrow of Montrose, Les (Ann) Renfrow of Delta, and grandsons John (Sarah), Adam (Mary Beth), Brian, Chris (Courtney), and Daniel Renfrow, seven great-grandchildren, and nephews Marty, Ted, and Lance Wadlow.
A celebration of Carolyn's life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, August 5, at Delta Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bill Forbes officiating. Condolences may be sent to Taylor Funeral Services in Delta.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delta Presbyterian Church, the DCMH Volunteers, or Compassion International.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at www.taylorfuneralservice.com.
At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.