Carla Lynn Livingston, 60, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away on April 29, 2012, at the Close to Home Hospice house in Gillette, Wyoming. Surrounded by her family, she went very peacefully after battling brain cancer for 18 months.
Carla was born Carla Lynn Thompson on February 16, 1952, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Glen and Aloha Thompson. She spent most of her youth growing up in Cheyenne, graduating from Cheyenne Central High School in 1970. She attended the University of Wyoming where she met and married Perry Ellis Livingston. They were wed on August 18, 1973. In May of 1974, they moved to the Livingston Ranch south of Sundance where they raised their two boys Travis Ellis and Christopher Glen.
Carla completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education from Black Hills State University in 1987 and 1993 respectively. Her first teaching job was at Wagon Wheel Elementary in Gillette. The following year she started work at Sundance Elementary. She taught for over 23 years loving her work, fellow teachers and especially her students. As a dedicated teacher, Carla never stopped learning. She was a leader and innovator in education, as well as respected and dearly loved by her peers and students.
When she wasn’t working at school, Carla enjoyed quiet time at home on the ranch or traveling with family. Among her friends, Carla was an instigator of the “get together.” She was a hostess in her dining room for family dinners, holiday gatherings, summer barbeques, reunions, and even a few class field trips. A summer visit to the ranch meant taking in the views of Carla’s wonderful yard and beautiful flower gardens. She’s also known for her great smile and wonderful laugh. Her love and support for others along with her amazing sense of humor brought comfort and smiles to so many. She spent her life loving her husband, her boys, and her students. She was truly an inspiration.
Carla is survived by her husband Perry; two sons, Travis with wife Kendall of Mitchell, South Dakota, and Chris with wife Zhuoqun ‘Amanda’ of Sundance. As well as her parents Glen and Aloha Thompson of Sundance; a sister Tani Sandy of Newcastle, Wyoming, and a brother Dan with wife Dian of Scottsdale, Arizona.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Sundance High School at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow at the Elementary School. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established at Sundance State Bank. Donations can be made to: Carla Livingston Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 950, Sundance, WY 82729.