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Carolyn Lee Gordon

February 23, 1943November 30, 2019

Carolyn Lee Gordon, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away on November 30, 2019.

She was born on February 23, 1943 in Stockton, California to the late Alvin and Dorothy Litton.

Carolyn married Richard Gordon, the love of her life, on September 30, 1966. They shared 27 beautiful years of marriage together prior to his passing on May 6, 1993. After Richard passed away, Carolyn’s beloved Dobermans, Hans and Max, were her constant and loyal companions for many years.

Carolyn’s faith in her Savior, Jesus, and the love of her family were most precious to her. Her heart and home were always open and welcoming to family and friends who needed a place to live. Each person she welcomed into her home became a special part of the Gordon family.

She worked for Valley National Bank (now Chase Bank) for forty years until she retired in 2016. She was an avid sports fan, attending sporting events throughout her life, but most enjoyed those of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who were the light of her life.

Carolyn is loved and survived by three children, Glenn (Cathy) Gordon, Jeff (Amy) Gordon, and Katie (Scott) Wheat, and three siblings, Virginia Appleby, Janet Litton, and Rick Litton. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Glenn Jr., Amber (Brian Dougherty), Meagan (George) Iddings, and Lauren, three great grandsons, Georgie, Luke, and Zion and special niece, Justine; “adopted daughter” Toni Crandall, and extended family. There are many friends who loved Carolyn as she loved them.

Family and Friends are invited to a memorial service celebrating Carolyn’s life on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:00AM at Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV), Building 400, 7007 W. Happy Valley Rd, Peoria, AZ 85383. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Carolyn’s memory to her favorite charities in support of Arizona Doberman Pinscher Rescue Shelters.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 12, 2019


Carolyn Lee Gordon

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Katherine Allen

December 10, 2019

Carolyn was one of my mom's closet friends, meeting through a friendship between their sons. It wasn't long before the friendship became a couple's friendship between their spouses and evolving to include the entire families. Many holidays, special events and just for the fun of it gatherings took place over the years. Carolyn even hosted my own beautiful bridal shower more than 30 years ago. I always will remember Carolyn's laugh. It was vivacious and consumed her body and brought you into the energy and fun of the moment at hand. Mom passed away a few months ago. I am convinced she was standing by Dick as Carolyn was welcomed into the presence of heaven and heaven reverberated with Carolyn's joy and laughter. Sadness and loss is only for those left behind, but those fortunate to be called into presence of our living Creator, it's a party like no other, especially now that Carolyn is there.

Laura Tolifson

December 4, 2019

Carolyn & I became friends when we worked together for JPMorganChase in 1996. We carpooled together and spent our lunch hour walking the grounds. We spent lots of time talking about our families, our homes, our animals, and just stuff. We ended up going different directions at the bank and lost contact for awhile. Carolyn always remembered to wish me a happy birthday so on October 23rd this year she sent me a birthday wish & since I was now retired we made a lunch date for October 28th. Her humor was still there because she warned me that she was now old & I replied; so am I. We had a wonderful afternoon; we talked & talked like we always did, it was probably a hour or more before we even ordered. We shared pictures of our families, we reminisced, we laughed, and we talked & talked. After lunch, we did an errand and we went back to her house. She showed me how she was organizing her photos for her children. It was an absolutley wonderful day & time. Carolyn was a glorious friend, she loved her children & grandchildren more than anything, she missed her husband terribly and I loved her dearly, I will miss her. I wanted to have many more lunch dates but our last one was the best & most wonderful time. RIP Carolyn and I will see you again in heaven one of these days.

Connie Podolski

December 4, 2019

What can I say about my precious friend. We have been friends since 1971 when we moved across the street from them. Our children became fast friends. We shared many laughs over our children and also shared many tears. We had made arrangements to go to Hawaii for my husband and my 10th anniversary but my parents couldn't take care of our children but Carol and Dick said they would take care of them and that we were going. My heart was broken when Dick had passed and Carol was so lost without him. She was his precious queen . Carol and I hiked North Mountain Park every chance we got. Her babies were her two dobermans. Later in years, we did many Bible studies at Calvary Chapel North.
As she grew sicker, our lunches were about all she could handle.
I will miss my precious friend who was always there for me but I find comfort in knowing that she is now with her loving husband and in the arms of our precious Lord. Farwell sweet friend. I will see you again so kept watch.

Joseph Czupek

December 4, 2019

I first met Mrs. Gordon in the early 90's when I became friends with her daughter Katie. For almost three decades I thought the absolute world of Mrs. Gordon. Although I didn't get to see her as often as I would have liked, each and every time we did spend together was just terrific. I always felt everything was better when she was involved...the company was better with her, the conversation was more engaging with her, the family was more together because of her...it was always better with her around. How many people can you say that about? Not many at all. She was remarkable, incredible and will be terribly missed. May she now enjoy everything that heaven has to offer. God bless Mrs. Gordon. Her pal, Joseph Czupek