Caroline G. Luttrull

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Caroline G. Luttrull, 77,
was born February 19, 1940
in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the
daughter of Christopher and
Elizabeth Wilson. She passed
away January 22, 2018 after
a five year battle with ALS,
complicated by 2 years of
Parkinson's disease. She ended life at
home with her immediate family by her
bedside.
Caroline attended Roosevelt High
School in "Ypsi". She was a competitive
roller-skater, piano player, a cheerleader
and homecoming queen. She was active
in Junior Achievement and Business
Manager of the yearbook her senior year.
She continued cheerleading at Eastern
Michigan University and was a member
of Delta Zeta sorority and Kappa Delta
Phi. She graduated in 1962 with a
Bachelor's degree in Later Elementary
Education, a husband of 2 years, Donald
Luttrull, and a son Ron protruding
under her gown. A daughter Laura
would follow in 2 years. Caroline earned
a Master's in Education from Leslie
College in 1983 during which she coauthored
and published a self-teaching
book "Turtles Talk Logo" eventually
re-published by Scholastic Books.
Caroline taught 4th thru 6th grade
in Jefferson Country School District,
her last 6 years focused on gifted
and talented students. She loved her
students unconditionally and in return
was loved by them, respected by their
parents and admired by peers. She
twice received a Channel 4 Teacher
of the Month award. After leaving
the classroom, she mentored student
teachers for several years. Caroline
loved quilting and volunteered as a Girl
Scout leader, her grandsons' schools
libraries, as a care giver at Children's
Hospital, and packed & distributed
food to schools for McBackpack. After
her 40th birthday, she turned her
boundless energy to physical activities.
A participant in 140 runs, she completed
the Bolder Boulder 28 times, finishing
in the top 3 for her age group 17 times.
She completed her first of 5
marathons on her 66th birthday
and finished the Boston
Marathon 2 months later. She
completed Ride the Rockies 12
times and the Triple Bypass (3
peaks in 1 day) once. She biked
the legendary Alpe d'Huez in
France at 64, peddling the 12 mile/21
switchback route without a stop. She
summited Colorado fourteeners 38
times and summited Mount Kilimanjaro
on her 60th birthday.
Caroline was devoted to her two
grandsons Ryan and Jason and extended
family. A heart overflowing with love
and desire to share endeared her to
a multitude of friends, professional
associates, and PEO sisters. Her deep
Christian faith provided her selfless
devotion to others. A two-week trip to
the holy land where she was re-baptized
in the River Jordan reinforced her
beliefs.
Caroline is survived by her loving
husband Don Luttrull; son Ron Luttrull
(Kim) and daughter Laura McCrary
(Kevin); grandsons Ryan and Jason
McCrary; step-grandchildren Rachel
Nguyen (Billy), Jeremy and Brandon
Millette; step-great-grandchildren
Alyssa and Rayden Nguyen; sisters Mary
Lou O'Connell and Patricia Fitzgerald
(Bob); brothers Chris Wilson (Teresa
Brooks) and Eric Wilson (Marlene);
and many nieces and nephews. She
was preceded in death by her parents
Christopher and Elizabeth Wilson, and
her older brother Bob Wilson.
Caroline's final "Gift of Hope" was
to donate her brain and spinal cord
to the Human Brain and Spinal Fluid
Resource Center at UCLA for ALS
research. A celebration of her life will
be held at 2pm on February 17, 2018
at First Presbyterian Church, 531 S.
College Ave., Fort Collins, Colorado. In
lieu of flowers, donations can be made
to: Rocky Mountain Chapter of the
ALS Association
(www.alscolorado.org)
or Parkinson's Foundation
(www.parkinsons.org).
Religious Service Information
First Presbyterian Church
531 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Feb. 8 to Mar. 7, 2018
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