Carolyn Jane Yarger, of Boulder, passed away on September 10, 2023 in Boulder.
Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 4, 1936 to Harry and Ester Gawthrop. Carolyn grew
up on Main Street in Warsaw Indiana. She was a talented teacher with a master’s degree.
Between 1972 and 1998, She taught first grade at Madison Elementary School in Warsaw
Indiana. When she retired she did a grand tour of Alaska driving herself from Indiana, up the
Alaska-Canadian highway, throughout Alaska, and back. Then she packed up her belongings
and moved first to Longmont Colorado. Shortly after she bought a beautiful sunny place in
Estes Park Colorado with views of Longs Peak and visiting elk. She continued to volunteer,
first as a teacher of English as a second language(ESL) at the Boulder County Jail, as a
private ESL teacher, and volunteered as a mentor to brand new elementary school
teachers. She loved reading and volunteered sorting donated books at the Estes Valley
Library. She also joined various hiking groups and led various hiking and snowshoeing trips
in the Front Range foothills and Rocky Mountain National Park.
In recent years, a hip fracture and disease left her restricted in her mobility but she still enjoyed
going on drives in the mountains and going for strolls in the sunshine as much as possible. Her
most recent address was Morningstar Assisted Living.
Carolyn is survived by her brother John Gawthrop in Colorado, her daughter Jill Yarger in
Colorado and 2 sons (Scott Yarger and Brad Yarger) in Indiana. There will be a celebration of life
at Greenwood and Myers Mortuary on October 7 at 12:30. Donations in honor of Carolyn may
be sent to Doctors without Borders USA