ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Mary Gritton-Carson, 82, born on November 21, 1929 and quietly passed away on January 28, 2012. She spent her whole life in the Salt Lake Valley and attended West High School.  She was the much loved wife of Don for 62 years and loving mother of Gaylen and Randle (dec).  She also leaves behind a brother, Dale, 3 grandchildren (Ryan, Adam and Monty) and 9 great-grandchildren (Dylan, Ashton, Eli, Aidan, Zack, Nate, Max, Sammy, Megan).  We will remember her forever.

You are encouraged to share stories and remembrances of Mary.

I will also be posting for those you would like to contribute but do not have access to a computer.

 



 

Posted by Suzanne & G. L. Carson on November 21, 2018
Happy Birthday to the best Mother-In-Law anyone could ask for. You were more like a mother to me. 
I think about you and miss you every day.
Give Gaylen and Don a hug for me.
Love you always, Sue
Posted by Suzanne & G. L. Carson on January 28, 2018
You are missed every day. Thank you for dropping by to talk to me. I love you and Don. Keep on dancing.
Posted by Leon Carson on November 21, 2017
Love for you in my heart and mind forever.... LOVE YOU MOM
Posted by Ryan Carson on January 28, 2017
I love you so very much.. As we always said when we would leave love you more! I think of you ever day and know you are always watching over! With love my my heavy heart! I miss you so very very much! Ryan
Posted by Ryan Carson on November 21, 2015
Happy Birthday Grandma. Today is a beautiful warm fall day that reminds me so much of you! Your love, giving nature and always putting others first will always be the thing I remember most. It is almost Thanksgiving also a day I remember when we would all get together and celebrate as a family where you did everything to make that day special as well again going back to when you made it about others first before anything else. Always for forever you are close to my heart and your kindness inspires to this your special day. Memories of you and your spec ail warm and giving smile that would light up the room. Love you more as we would always say to one an other.. Ryan, Lori, Dylan, Ashton, Ryder and Little Arya   Love you more:)
Posted by Leon Carson on November 21, 2015
You are always in my heart and thoughts.
Days pass, but Real Love never ends...
Posted by Ryan Carson on January 28, 2015
Dearest Grandma. You are always in my heart and thoughts. I will always remember your kindness and smile. You always had a way of making everything be alright and your sweet ways live on forever. Miss you beyond words! Love you always.. Ryan
Posted by Ryan Carson on November 22, 2014
Grandma, not a day goes by that I don't miss your beautiful smile and kindness in all things! I miss you dearly and often feel your watching over us and it makes me smile knowing. Love you so so much! I know you are with your sweetheart Grandpa and my Dad in Heaven. Missed but never forgotten! Ryan, Lori, Ashton, Ryder. Love and Light forever!
Posted by Leon Carson on November 21, 2014
It is your Birthday, and I still miss not seeing you, My Love for you (and Dad) is Always In My Heart
LOVE YOU
Posted by Suzanne & G. L. Carson on May 7, 2014
If Roses Grow in Heaven

If Roses Grow in Heaven, Lord,
Then pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother's arms
and tell her they're from me.
Tell her that I miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her cheek,
and hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day.
But there is an ache within my
heart that will never go away.
Posted by Ryan Carson on January 17, 2014
Together Forever. Reunited with your true Love, I am grateful for you and Grandpa and all the love and memories you gave to me and am at peace knowing you two are once again reunited in love today. We all miss you so much and your love will always shine here with us.
Posted by Leon Carson on November 21, 2013
On your Birthday, you are still Loved and in my heart as always.
I LOVE YOU
Posted by Leon Carson on November 22, 2012
Yesterday was your Birthday, and today is Thanksgiving. I miss you, and Love you with all my heart. I will always see you smiling. And you will always be with me,... Love You!
Posted by Ryan Carson on February 26, 2012
Each day that passes I am reminded of the little things you would do that I miss so very much. Love lives through our memories but nothing soothes the seeing your heart filled smile or your sweet smile, I miss you so very much Grandma and your kindness will inspire all that were blessed to know your sweet soul.. Love you, Ryan
Posted by Dave Newsome on February 5, 2012
I remember Mary as a very gentle,pleasant,lady who would go the extra mile to make others around her happy. I remember Mary designing floats for the July 24 celebrations and I was asked to be on one what a fun experience, as I recall Mary won some awards for that float.My sympathy to Don and Gaylene and their family. Regards Dave Newsome
Posted by Ryan Carson on February 3, 2012
Grandma always put others first, she would do everything to make sure everyone was taken care of and happy. I will never forget the adventures we shared, your bright smile and how you always made me BELIEVE in my dreams. You Inspire me every step I take towards living them! You are missed but never forgotten. I love you so much. Ryan
Posted by Peggy VanAmen on January 31, 2012
I remember Mary as the sweetest lady who would give you anything you asked for.  She always wanted for everyone to be happy. The Lord took back an angel.
Posted by Shanna Anderson on January 30, 2012
My condolences to Don and the entire Carson family. It was my pleasure to get to know you and be a part of Mary's last days. Love, Shanna
Posted by Suzanne & G. L. Carson on January 29, 2012
What I will remember most is her loving smile and that twinkle of playfulness in her eyes.

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Posted by Suzanne & G. L. Carson on November 21, 2018
Happy Birthday to the best Mother-In-Law anyone could ask for. You were more like a mother to me. 
I think about you and miss you every day.
Give Gaylen and Don a hug for me.
Love you always, Sue
Posted by Suzanne & G. L. Carson on January 28, 2018
You are missed every day. Thank you for dropping by to talk to me. I love you and Don. Keep on dancing.
Posted by Leon Carson on November 21, 2017
Love for you in my heart and mind forever.... LOVE YOU MOM
Recent stories

Some of Don Carson's memories

Shared by Suzanne & G. L. Carson on February 1, 2012

Mary always loved doing everything together.

She loved yard work and housework.  She also did some home remodeling.  I would come home from work and she would have re-tiled a floor or painted a room.

She enjoyed going to Wendover for a quick getaway.

She was as excited as a child on Christmas eve when we were taking the kids to Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo. 

My favorite memories of Mary

Shared by Elaine Simons on January 31, 2012

Mary and I went roller skating 3-4 times a week.  We even bought books to learn the waltz, fox trot and collegiate and danced together at the skating rink.

Mary came camping with my family to Logan Canyon when we were 15 or 16 and we even found a way to go roller skating then.

Her father was an engineer for Union Pacific Railroad and got us tickets twice to go to California.  The first time we stayed a week and even skated there.  The second time while we were 18 or 19, we stayed on the beach and ate hamburgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner since there were hamburger stands all around us.

We did not want to come home after our week was up so we got jobs at Manning's Cafe in order to pay for our extended stay.

We were even able to see Frankie Lane in concert while we were there.

We lived across the street from each other and shared several classes together.  We were inseparable.  We always shopped together and got the same things in different colors.

We loved to go to Saltair and ride the roller coaster but we would always wait until we could ride in the first (the scariest) car or the last (the bumpiest) car.  We did not want to ride in any other cars.

Mary would like to get her fathers car and drive us to Black Rock beach.  She did enjoy the sun.

One New Years Eve we went to a dance at Coconut Grove were the man Mary was dancing with got a hold of her coat check key and he and his friend stole our coats and purses with our money and Mary's glasses, everything we had with us.  That was quite a night.

One day Mary's father was home and we pushed his car down the street and started it to go to the drive in where we were car hops.  He knew where we had gone and came after us.

At the drive in during the winter, we would stay inside behind the counter.  One night some friends drove up in a jeep and someone jumped out and opened up the double doors and the jeep drove right into the building up to the counter and they said "we want Mary and Elaine to wait on us".  We had to run to the bathroom were we laughed so hard we could not stop.

We always had boyfriends at the same time.  When I would meet a boy, I would tell him he had to have a friend for Mary.  That's how she met Don.

One day I was sitting at the table writing out my wedding invitations when Mary came in and told me her and Don had eloped.  She had told her parents they were going fishing and ran off to Elco, Nevada and got married.

For Easter 1949, Mary and I decided to make the biggest Easter baskets we could for our boyfriends who would soon be our husbands.  We got the biggest baskets we could find and put the Easter grass in them.  Then we ran all over town to get every kind of candy we could find.  The baskets were overflowing.  We even decorated the handles with a mouth organ and bows then wrapped the whole thing in cellophane.  We put our hearts and souls into making those baskets and making that Easter special. 

A Letter to Mary

Shared by Suzanne & G. L. Carson on January 29, 2012

My Dearest Mary,

Today is a day for honoring you and for knowing the world is a better place because you contributed so much while you were here.  I could always count on you.  That may sound like a simple thing but it isn't.  You were always there, letting me know in all sorts of ways that I was important to you.  That's  why today I want to make sure that you know how important you had become to me and how much I love you.  If I could pick a Mother-in-Law it would have been you.  You were so much more to me.  Both you and Don feel more like parents to me than in-laws.  You opened your hearts to me and made me feel like a daughter.  I thank God that he let you stay here long enough to allow me a chance to get to know you.

As we grieve and feel this terrible feeling of loss inside, I know that little by little we will begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived.  We will realize that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. 

I love you Mom,

Sue