Carolyn Nelson

Carolyn Nelson

Carolyn Jane (Patras) Nelson, 79, of Cheyenne passed away January 8, 2022, surrounded by her family in her home. Carolyn was born September 1, 1942, in Worland, Wyoming.  Carol graduated from Ten Sleep High School, Ten Sleep Wyoming.  On February 27, 1964, she married Alvin Nelson.  Carol and Alvin Nelson resided in the Big Horn Basin where they farmed and raised their family. 

Carol loved learning.  She began her college degree by taking night classes and then went to Eastern Montana College in 1988 where she earned her BA in social work.  She worked as a social worker for Washakie County Youth Alternatives in Worland, Wyoming helping countless youth.

Carol was an avid reader, loved dancing and anytime she could get a group of people together there was a rousing game of cards being played.  One of her greatest joys was being Granny and having grandkids visit.  Carol and Alvin moved to Cheyenne in 2007. 

Carol was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Eunice (Compton) Patras, her brother Byant and her sister, Zelda Dean Patras.  Carol is survived by her brother Tom (Cyndi) Patras: her sister, Sally (Rob) Maurer; sons, Leonard (Sara), Michael (Jerri) and Donald (Molly) Nelson; daughter, Fawn (Dave) Bartlett; grandchildren, Amanda, Michael, Morgan, Elizabeth, Michaela, Lindsey, Tevis, Gunner and Keagan; and great-grandchildren, Brayden and Grayson. 

No arrangements have been made but a celebration of life will be held later.

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