Sunny Kaye Carlson, 68, passed away at her home in Pueblo, Colo., on Dec. 14, 2012. Survived by daughters, Shay Rene Wallace, Karen Marie Barcus; grandchildren, Cayman Marie Wallace, Bennett Lee Wallace; brothers, C.O. Marricle, Mark Marricle; sisters, Jody Marricle, Toddy Neill, Missy Mitro; foster son, Thomas Kleiwer; and their spouses and children. Preceded in death by grandparents, Josie and Hugh Bennett, Irma and Clell Marricle; mother, Flora Lee Marshall; father, Marcus 'Dude' Marricle; and brother, Hardy Marricle. Sunny attended college in Minot, N. D., and finished her bachelor degree at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. She started her teaching career at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs while she continued her studies and earned two Masters Degrees in counseling. Sunny taught at the Colorado State Hospital in Pueblo for many years. Sunny also taught at Zebulon Pike, Spring Creek, and YOS before retiring. She was a foster parent to many at-risk youth throughout the years. After her retirement, Sunny continued to substitute at YOS and El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch. Sunny enjoyed traveling and sharing her many experiences with family and friends. She was always available for everyone whose life she touched with unconditional love and support. She enjoyed watching reality TV with her many Dachshunds who were the love of her life. Sunny's eternal spirit will shine through her daughters, Shay Wallace, Karen Barcus and grandchildren, Cayman and Bennett Wallace. The family will host a remembrance memorial for Sunny after the New Year. Friends will be contacted with details and an announcement will be published in the Chieftain and on Social Media when plans are confirmed. Memorials may be made to Pueblo Animal Services ( or PAWS for Life ( Online condolences,

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  1. To Sonny’s family: I will cherish every smile and note of laughter I shared with her thru our school years together that we shared while attending Randell High school. My most precious memories of the good old days were embraced by her presence. She shared the depth of her heart and soul with us early on as young ambitious, crazy teenagers, and was always “”first”” to make the darkest moments of our lives have this bright mystical lining. She, your grand parents Huzie and Josie are etched within my heart. I will forever cherish every moment of thier presence in my life. How lucky we are to have them touch our lives and share thier endless love and devotion…………………………………Your forever friend,

    Leilani Cappetta

  2. I was fortunate to have had her as a teacher during a trying time in my life. She cared about each student. She will be sadly missed.

  3. Blessings to Sunny’s family. Sunny interviewed me when I was hired at the State Hospital. Since then, opportunities to help people have opened up in ways I never imagined. I have Sunny to thank for providing me with the opportunity to learn with her as a beautiful mentor and example of how to live one’s life. With passion and purpose. Her name matched her spirit. Sunny had a way of making everybody feel special. She will be missed. I will carry her in my heart forever.

  4. My condolences to Sunny’s family. She was a “Bright Light” to the adolescents she worked with as well as the staff around her and had an indomitable spirit of compassion. Sunny was one of the best teachers that I have worked with in my career.

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