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November 27, 2016
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Claudia V. Carpenter
July, 1925 ~ November, 2016
Claudia (Metroz) Carpenter, 91, passed away on November 27. Born Claudia Smith in Arkansas in 1925, she moved to Gunnison County as a child where she lived in Pitkin with her parents and six siblings. She married the late Clovis “Pete” Metroz and moved to Gunnison where they raised their children, Jerry and Anne Marie. Claudia worked for many years at Gunnison Bank and Trust where she became a Vice President. Following Pete’s death in 1985, Claudia married Merle Carpenter of Salida and lived for many years in Olathe. Claudia was a skilled gardener, a talented softball player and bowler, a fierce Pinochle player, and a passionate Bronco fan. Rarely was Claudia without a smile on her face and a song in her heart. She will be truly missed.
Claudia was preceded in death by her late husband, Clovis, her daughter, Anne Marie, and her son, Jerry. Claudia is survived by her husband, Merle Carpenter, her grandson, Dirk Bird of Denver, and her great-grandchildren, Ari, Ruthie and Sam Bird. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. May her memory be a blessing.
A graveside service will take place on Friday, December 2 at 1:00 pm at the Gunnison Cemetery.