Carol J. Yarberry, 79, passed away Dec. 16, 2014. Survived by her husband of 58 years, Ken Yarberry of the family home in Canon City, Colo.; children, Cindy Barrett of Berthoud, Colo. and Jeff (Michele) Yarberry of Loveland, Colo.; sister, Betty Jo Zabrusky of Canon City; grandchildren, Amie Berry, Jason DeHaven, Dillon DeHaven, Matthew Yarberry, Emily Yarberry; four step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Carol was born to Harold and Verda Ward on Jan. 18, 1935, in Canon City. She was a teacher for Pueblo Dist. 60 for 31 years. She enjoyed traveling and while in Pueblo, she enjoyed working in her beautiful flower garden. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Dear Mr. Yarberry,

    I am so saddened to hear of Carol’s passing. I know I am a little behind of time, but I am currently living in Alaska and just spoke to someone at the bank and they passed the information. I enjoyed seeing the two of you every time you came into the bank. You were like adopted grandparents to me 🙂 I loved the dahlias you would bring me when they were in full bloom! I hope you are doing well. My thoughts and prayers are with you!


    Lisa Oates

  2. Dear Mr. Yarberry,
    I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your long time companion. In addition to being family friends, as you know, she was also my 6th grade teacher as well as my sister’s. As mentioned by Jill Purkey, (fellow class mate) she was very good at keeping the kids in line and we kids LOVED her. I was very fortunate to have back to back Yarberrys as teachers for 5th and 6th grade. Mrs. Yarberry was also very sympathetic to my sister when she was sick for most of her 6th grade year. Mr Yarberry,as you remember I was a handful to say the least. You believed in me when the other teachers did not. I will never forget that. The only difference between you and Carol and other teachers is the fact that you genuinely cared. And that’s what makes a good teacher, a great teacher. Being a father of two girls, I now understand that difference more than ever and realize how rare it is. As adults we are all products of what we have been exposed to and I consider my self VERY fortunate to have known and learned valuable LIFE lessons from Mr. and Mrs. Yarberry. You both impacted many kids and made a huge difference in the world. If only we were all lucky enough to give something like that to so many. Godspeed Mrs. Yarberry.
    Jimmie Shaffer

  3. Dear Yarberry Family,
    I am saddened by the loss of Mrs. Carol Yarberry. Mrs. Yarberry was always a very sepcial teacher to me. She was my 4th grade teacher at Haaff Elementary School in Pueblo in 1980-81. One of my favorite teachers. I have a particular memory of her on a class trip to Bent’s Fort. In fact, I have a picture from that trip I am efforting to locate. When I find it, I will post. She will be greatly missed. Please accept my condolences.

  4. Dear Jeff and Family,

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Jeff, as special and kind as you are I can only imagine what an amazing person your mother was and how much she means to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Tara Jones

  5. Both Yarberrys were my teachers and I loved them. I have fond memories of Mrs. Yarberry keeping me in line in middle school. Few teachers have the gift to touch their students the way they have. God Bless

  6. John and I were so sorry to read of Carol’s passing. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Barbara Hibler

  7. Dear Ken and family,
    Time spares none.
    You and Carol have been dear friends for many years.
    My best to you at this difficult time.
    Don Nelson

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