Carolyn L. Turpin Wednesday, October 20, 1926 - Thursday, May 11, 2017
“I may get older, but I’ll be damned if I’ll get old!” That was how Carolyn lived up until the end, leaving us unexpectedly on May 11, 2017. She is survived by her children: Carla (Tom Stillman), Mark, Matt, and Gail Gayer (Fred); grandchildren, Carl and Marci; great-grandson, CJ; “adopted” granddaughters, Emily (John) and Shaina; sister, Barbara Houghton; and 10 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Herb; and her brother Carl Ehrich and sister Paula Malcolm. Carolyn was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico to Carl and Louise Ehrich. She lived in Las Vegas and Roswell before moving with her family to Creswell, Oregon after graduating from Roswell High School. She remained in Oregon for the next 12 years, meeting and marrying Herb, and moving to Green Acres (near Coos Bay). In 1958, the family moved from Green Acres to Bozeman, Montana. On Thanksgiving Day 1960 the family drove into California, ultimately putting down roots in 1961 in Walnut Creek where she lived for the next 54 years. During that time, she raised her family and volunteered on the Contra Costa Crisis and Suicide Prevention hotline for 20 years. After her stint on the hotline, she stayed on as office manager for several years. The past two years, she lived happily at Atria Park of Lafayette where she made several great friends and endeared herself to the staff. The last 3 years, she traveled to Martha’s Vineyard, MA; Victoria, BC; and Santa Fe, NM for get-the-aunties-together events organized by her son Matt and her niece Leah so that their mothers could see each other in person. During the New Mexico trip, she also visited Las Vegas to see the house where she was raised, and spent a few days in Roswell with her high school friend Nancy Armstrong. She never did get old. Nine days after her 90th birthday, she went skydiving for the first time, saying upon landing, “Can I buy another ticket and go again?” Her next adventure would have been zip lining. There were no services.