Violet Marie Carroll, 86, of Manzanola, died peacefully Oct. 22, 2019, in her home, with her family by her side and under the care of Sangre de Cristo Hospice. Cremation has been effected, and her memorial service will take place on Nov. 9, 2019, at Ford Ustick Funeral Home, at 10: 30 a.m., with Pastor Ed Kite officiating.

Violet Marie Arnpriester was born Nov. 25, 1932, in Ordway, Colo., the oldest of five children, to Samuel and Willmina (Brubaker) Arnpriester in Ordway, Colo. She graduated from Ordway High School in 1950 and gave up a business college scholarship to marry Raymond Carroll in the same year. Raymond had been in the service. They were to remain married for three weeks short of sixty-six years until his passing in 2016.

Except for five years in Anderson, Indiana, while Raymond was attending college and seven years in Chanute and Pratt, Kan., while Raymond pastored churches located there, Violet spent most of her life in Colorado. Other churches, in Colorado that were pastored by Raymond and Violet were; Las Animas, Brighton, Pritchett, Lamar, and Rocky Ford. They also interim- pastored in Cozad and Omaha, Neb.

Violet became a Christian at the age of seventeen and attended the Church of God, affiliated with Anderson, Indiana, the rest of her life. Raising their four children was a fulltime job for Violet. She was a farmer’s wife until her husband went to college, then a supportive pastor and teacher’s wife. She was a seamstress, designing and sewing most of her young daughters’ clothing without using a pattern. She loved to read, crochet, made slippers, stocking caps for every kindergarten class she knew of, afghans and doilies. She loved gardening and canning so she could give away her produce. Violet was always giving something to someone, and always took time to visit with anyone she encountered. She also loved taking care of her chickens. She was a lifetime member of Women of the Church of God/Christian Women’s Connection. She taught Sunday School, directed youth groups, and was a girl and boy scout troop leader. To earn additional income, over the years, she took in ironing, sewing, babysitting, and cake decorating.

Violet was predeceased by her husband, Raymond. Their children are; Valerie (Rodney)McKinney of Fowler, Rae Dene (Greg) Sentel of Omaha, Neb., Duane (Karen) Carroll of Buhler, Kan., and Damon (Erica) Carroll of Manzanola. Grandchildren are; Kim (Jeremy) Wallace, Karly (Dan) Kauffman, Vanessa Rath, Nathaniel and Daniel Carroll, and Derick, Dustin, Dalton, and Danner Carroll. Great-grandchildren are; Sennon and Keelin Wallace, Riley and Isaak Rath, and Sayson and Gunner Kauffman.

Violet is survived by; sisters, Shirley Ringle of Ordway, Pat (Bob) Jeffries of Modoc, Kan., and brothers; Ted (Dee) Arnpriester of Westminster, Colo., and Vern (Hollis) Arnpriester of Sedona, Ariz.

She is also survived by one brother-in-law, Roy Carroll of Cheyenne Wells, and two sisters-in-law; Emma Carroll of Burlington and Verla Howard of Scott City, Kan., along with numerous nephews and nieces.

Those wishing to do so may make contributions to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 207 Colorado, La Junta, CO 81050 or to First Church of God, 901 Carson Ave., La Junta, CO 81050, direct or through the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ford-Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to