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Jolene Rosalie Henderson Carlson

November 2, 1927 ~ November 1, 2017 (age 89)

Jolene R. Henderson Carlson died on November 1st at her home in Elizabeth with her husband by her side. “Jo” succumbed to complications from Parkinson's and Lewy Body Disease at age 89. 

Born in Portland, Oregon on November 2, 1927, Jo was the only child of Samuel “Art” Appleton and Julia Rose Cayo Appleton.  She was raised in Mountaindale, Oregon, graduated from Hillsboro (Oregon) High School in 1945, and attended the University of Oregon for three semesters before having to return home to assist her family.  In 1947, she began her 40-year career in banking, becoming one of the first women loan officers in U.S. Bank.  She married Allan E. Henderson in 1951 and they established their home in Hillsboro where their son, Brandt, was born.  Their marriage ended in divorce in 1970. 

Jo met the love of her life, Jim Carlson, and the two were married in 1978.  They moved to Colorado in 1987, where Jo loved the sunnier weather and their small farm where they cared for horses, donkeys, dogs and wandering strays. Inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of May Kay Cosmetics, Jo worked tirelessly to become a Director and encouraged other women to take control of their financial future.  Both she and Jim were active in the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce and their parish, St. Francis of Assisi, where they were choir members. 

Jo will be remembered for her compassionate care and concern for forlorn four-footed creatures who needed a champion and a home.  She is survived by her husband, Jim; her son, Brandt and daughter-in-law Marie, of Norton, Massachusetts; granddaughter Rachel, her husband David, and great grandsons, Ezra, Gideon and Silas, of Mansfield, Massachusetts; and grandson, Samuel, of Worcester, Massachusetts.

A vigil service will be observed on Friday, November 17, at 7:00 P.M. at St. Francis Church, Castle Rock.  The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, November 18, at 1:00 PM with a reception to follow in the church hall.  All are welcome.

Memorial donations may be made to the Max Fund, a no-kill animal shelter, at, or the animal welfare agency of your choice.


 Service Information

Vigil Service
November 17, 2017

7:00 PM
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
2746 Fifth Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Memorial Mass
November 18, 2017

1:00 PM
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
2746 Fifth Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

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