Carletta E. McLain, 86 of Eaton, Colorado passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at the Hospice & Palliative Care of Northern Colorado Inpatient Unit in Greeley.
She was born in Aspen, Colorado September 2, 1926 to Carl and Eunice (Beck) Johnson. She married J. Warren Parsons in 1950.Their three children were born in Aspen where they lived until 1964. Her husband died in 1990. She married Earl McLain in 1995 and lived in Eaton, Colorado.
Mrs. McLain was preceded in death by her daughter Nancy A. Thompson and her two brothers, Harold W. Johnson and Dale F. Johnson. She is survived by her husband Earl; her sister Irene A. Conner; her sons Warren J. Parsons and David C. Parsons; and three grandsons, Quinn Parsons, Stuart Thompson and Nick Parsons.
Carletta had a distinguished 43-year career in nursing. She enrolled in the Cadet Nursing Program at Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Denver. She received her R.N. in 1947 and returned to Aspen where she worked at the Aspen Hospital for two years. Following the birth of her three children she was employed in office nursing and school nursing for twelve years in Aspen and Longmont.
In 1975 she began employment in Occupational Health Nursing for U.S. West. Carletta returned to school commuting from Greeley to the University of Colorado School of Nursing in Denver. She received certification as a Nurse Practitioner in Adult and Geriatric Nursing in 1980.
When she retired in 1990 she continued her interest in health care as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery Program and as state coordinator for eight years. She continued to volunteer with local health fairs.
Earl and Carletta especially enjoyed traveling, golfing and dancing. Together they had a wide circle of friends and family. She was always the family organizer putting together summer picnics for her extended family and she joined Earl at many McLain family gatherings.
A memorial service to celebrate Carletta’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012 at the Alger Memorial United Methodist Church, 303 Maple Avenue in Eaton.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado, the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery or to the donor’s choice in care of Moser Funeral Service, 3501 S. 11th Avenue, Evans, Colorado 80620.