Carma Lorraine (Hershey) Todd

July 24, 1937 ~ November 5, 2021 (age 84)


Carma Lorraine (Hershey) Todd passed away on November 5, 2021, at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her children by her side.

She was born on July 24, 1937, to Clayton and Naomi Hershey of Bristow, Iowa. She had two brothers, Gerald Hershey and Gaylene Hershey, and one sister, Ardith Hershey.

Carma went to Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri where she earned a teaching degree. She later moved to Denver, Colorado to be close with her sister. She married Kenneth Todd in October of 1960 in Denver where they had two children together. They later moved to Leadville, Colorado in 1966 where she taught at West Park Elementary School for 30 years. She moved on once more to Florence, Colorado in 2004 with her longtime friend and partner, Edward VanWestenberg, who passed away in 2014.

Carma loved taking road trips with her children during the summer break from teaching. She always loved to sing especially for Potluck and Jam at the Florence Community/Senior Center on Friday nights. She also enjoyed writing the Senior Corner article for the Florence Citizen, reading a lot, bowling, going to bingo, delivering Meals on Wheels, and an occasional trip to Cripple Creek with her friends. However, nothing meant more to Carma than spending holidays and birthdays with her family.

Carma is survived by her son, Mark Todd; daughter, Michelle Todd Lach; grandson, Brandon Todd; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Union Highland Cemetery (791 Arrowhead Dr, Florence, CO 81226) at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 2021. Carma’s eulogy will be presented by Pastor Gwen Brown from Kirkwood Memorial Presbyterian Church.

To follow, there will also be a celebration of life at the Florence Senior Center at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2021, with a provided lunch.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Florence Senior Center at 100 Railroad St, Florence, CO 81226. 

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Graveside Service
November 15, 2021

2:00 PM
Union Highland Cemetery
791 County Road 95
Florence, CO 81226

Celebration of Life
December 4, 2021

12:00 PM
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