Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery

10201 Grant St, Thornton, CO


Laurel Jean Delohery

October 13, 1938October 1, 2019

Laurel Jean Delohery "Grandma Yo-yo", age 80 passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Laurel was born Thursday, October 13, 1938; she was a Colorado native, with an adventurous spirit.

A memorial service and graveside service for Laurel, will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019 begining at 1:00 PM at Olinger Highland Mortuary located at 10201 Grant Street in Thornton, Colorado.

Fond memories of Laurel and expressions of sympathy for her family may be shared using the guest book link below.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, October 12, 2019


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Susan Brown

October 12, 2019

We are thinking of all of you in this difficult time and praying for your comfort and peace. What a wonderful and strong woman who lived life to the fullest. Love, Susan, Mike, Lily, Mark and Holbie Brown

Lynne Livingston

October 8, 2019

Dear dear niece Amy and Kevin and all your family members,
My heart hurts for you while at the same time, I am so glad for her life lived and loved! I only saw Laurel a handful of times, but each time, her love and enthusiasm for Life was overflowing. How blessed you were to have Laurel as a mother, you two are true reflections of her great character. Know I'm holding you close in spirit, thankful for her relief and especially Thankful for your month spent together, putting a ribbon on the wonderful Gift that has been her life.
Lynne Smith Livingston

Suzy Meisner-Esquibel

October 8, 2019

Lucky me! I was so fortunate to have been touched by this incredible woman. Her kindness, welcoming manner, her love radiated from Laurel.
"Oh Lord my GOD...
How great tho art..."
Thank you for blessing us with Laurel.

Michael Delohery

October 6, 2019

I have very found memories of my Aunt Laurel from many years ago growing up and visiting our cousins around holidays and family functions. Laurel was always a friend to my Mother after my Dad passed. She was a very kind, loving and caring lady. I wish I could have seen her more, May she Rest In Peace 🙏❤️

Michael Delohery

Paula Labossiere (Bullock)

October 6, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Laurel's passing. I have many fond memories working with her at Adams 12 so many years ago. We shared many laughs and good times. To this day, I reminisce about those days. She was a very special lady and touched many lives. I will always remember her laugh and smile. My sincere condolences are with you all.
Paula LaBossiere (Bullock)

Ken Kahler

October 4, 2019

So sorry to here of Laurels passing. Keeping you all in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. She was a sweet lady I will miss her quick wit and smile.


Laurel Jean Delohery was born at Mercy Hospital in Denver, Colorado on October 13, 1938 to Daniel Fred Cann and Dorothy Marion (Horton) Cann. She was loved by many including her grandparents, Charles and Mabelle Horton, Walter and Anna Cann, her aunts, uncles and several cousins.

On October 17th of 1941 her brother David Richard Cann was born and their family was complete. Laurel and David spent many happy years playing with friends in their neighborhood. Life was always unexpected as her brother David was a constant prankster.

After she graduated from Denver’s South High School in June of 1956, she went to work in a bank alongside her cousin, Marye Alice. Shortly thereafter she met John Patrick Delohery and they were married July 4, 1957 and lived in Denver, Colorado.

“Baby Ann” (named by the nuns at the orphanage) was born on December 28, 1962 and adopted two weeks later by Laurel and John. They named her Amy Maureen Delohery. On May 18, 1964 Kevin Patrick Delohery was born and adopted from the same orphanage as his sister Amy. Although 17 months apart, the siblings were very close.

Laurel was a devoted housewife and mother. Even after Laurel and John divorced in 1974 her children always came first. Laurel and John remained friends until her passing.

After the divorce, she went to work for Adams Twelve Five-Star Schools as a Paraprofessional at Wyco Elementary. She delighted in working in the same building her children were attending school. She made friends easily with her affable and outgoing manner and this lifelong trait brought many wonderful people into our lives.

One of those people was her next-door neighbor and best friend, Marie Scholl. It was only natural that they should become friends as their children were together all the time! Their friendship lasted for 50 years until Marie passed away. They loved to shop, gossip and support each other in the way that only true friends can. She continued to keep in touch with the Scholl children and grandchildren after Marie’s passing - she loved them all very much.

Another person she considered her best friend was her sister-in-law, Sheila Cann. Sheila met mom shortly after Amy was born when she and Laurel’s brother David began dating. They became fast friends and grew even closer after the devastating passing of her brother David in 1998. Subsequently, they traveled to Boston together for a special trip that she always held close to her heart. They loved and lived like sisters and it goes without saying that Laurel loved her Nephews and Niece, Gregory Daniel, Jeffrey Charles and Stephanie Marie, as much as she loved her own children. She celebrated their accomplishments and shared in their sorrows and difficult times and LOVED being an Aunt.

There are too many friends to name but know that every single person she met was changed by her love, kindness, generosity of spirit, and sense of humor. Along with her propensity for zaniness, Laurel also had the gift of a youthful spontaneity – she always kept us on our toes!

She was given that amazing spirit and love of life by her mother Dorothy - who was just a much fun as Laurel - and her father Daniel who, although usually much more serious, also had a great sense of humor. As a family there was always a lot of laughter for all of us and shared tears when appropriate. She was always energized by others and she provided that energy in return.

In 1985-86 while working in the graphics department of Adams Twelve she met the love of her life, Mitch Maison. They became fast friends (no surprise!) and soon moved in together. The first big trip they took together was to Casper, Wyoming for the birth of her first granddaughter, Sara Nicole, born July 27, 1986. It was our first introduction to Mitch who has become a cherished member of our family and he and mom’s 33 years together were extremely happy up to the end. They loved laughing, joking and sharing their love of life together. Together they loved and cared for several dogs: B.J., Shelby Lynn, Winston James, (their first Corgi), Lily Mae (another Corgi) and finally their current dog, a rescue named Tripp Jacques Couguar. Every year Laurel and Mitch celebrated Christmas with a traditional breakfast where the whole family came and crammed into their modest living room, crowded with lots of noise, laughter and love. They were great gift givers, and sharers of their love for one another.

Laurel was very close to Mitch’s family including his mom, Marabeth, who passed away in 2012; his dad, Don who passed in 2012; and Don’s wife Nancy, who passed in 2014. Mitch’s siblings include oldest brother Don Maison, and girlfriend Theresa of Broomfield; his daughters Erin Maison-Everhart and their children: Charlize, 18, Annie Mack, b. 2010 d. 2012, of Broomfield, Colorado; Megan Maison and her son, Alex Martinez, 6, of Broomfield, Colorado; and Stacy (Maison) George, her husband, Bernerd George who resides in Frederick, Colorado and their children, Jared, 8, Lyla, b. 2012 d. 2012, Keira, 5, and Morgan, 4. Mitch’s middle brother, Steve Maison, resides in Stayton, Oregon. Steve’s children include Zach Maison, 39, wife Becky of Salem, Oregon, Denny, 37, wife Daemie Kim of Salem, Oregon, Michael Maison, 33, of Steamboat, Colorado, and Abi Maison, 29, of Stayton, Oregon. His sister, Laura (Lew) Duvall, and her husband Mark Duvall reside in Veneta, Oregon and have two children: Tyson, 22, of Eugene, Oregon, and Brittany, 18, of Veneta, Oregon. Laurel showered them all with her special brand of love and was equally loved in return.

After her long career with the school district, Laurel went to work for Hibbert-Lehman. The last stop in her working life was working with microchip wafers at Micro-Semi. Although she was proud of her working life, loving unconditionally was Laurel’s specialty and she shared that gift with her children, Amy and Kevin.

Amy married Milward Simpson in August of 1990. They reside in Cheyenne, Wyoming and have three children: Sara Nicole Simpson-Ressler, 33, of Seattle, Washington, who has two children with her Husband, Robert - Lorna Jean age 3 ½, and Elina Frances, age 16 months, Alexander Fincelius Simpson, 27, (Fiancé, Nabilla Zahir) of Aurora, Colorado, and Hunter Daniel Simpson, 25, of Brooklyn, NY

Kevin married Whitney Carbrey in April of 1992. They divorced in 2010.
They have 2 daughters: Sydney Joan Paige (Delohery) Naylor, age 25 (Husband Christian) and their daughter, Josie Nora Jean, age 2 months of Broomfield, Colorado, and Kylynn Jean Delohery, age 23, of Thornton, Colorado. Kevin is now married to Amy Talarico whom he dated in high school and they reside in Westminster, Colorado

Laurel loved, loved, loved her grandchildren. Early on as a grandma, her name got changed. Her grandson Alex couldn’t quite say “Grandma Laurel” and soon thereafter she became “Grandma Yoyo” and it stuck. That was who she became not only to her grandchildren but to all our friends, the grandkids friends, and any other children who came into her life. She adored it and upon the arrival of the great-grandchildren, she additionally became GG, short for Great Grandma and Mitch became GG Mitchie. She was very close to and very protective of all the grandkids and like a good grandma, she spoiled them, regularly sent cards, was a great listener, kept their secrets, and gave great advice. They were all together with her the week before she passed, and she was completely overjoyed! She missed them when they were away but picked up where they left off when they were together.

Laurel was always up for trying new things - reading, antiquing, good food, all things Harry Potter, unicorns, and especially travel! Some of the trips she cherished most were a trip to San Francisco when she and John were married, a trip to California with Amy and Kevin when they were teenagers, her trips to Oregon with Mitch to visit family, her trip to Boston with her sister-in-law Sheila, her month-long trip to Europe with her granddaughters Sara and Sydney and a Thanksgiving trip to NYC with Amy, Kevin, and his daughter, Kylynn. Many hilarious stories and tales of joy come from these and her other travels.

During the last year or so of her life Laurel went through breast cancer, radiation, complications from her surgery, additional lung issues, etc. and she was graced by the loving care of the whole family, but especially Amy (Kevin’s wife). We were all so blessed by the daily check-ins, transportation to and from the doctor visits, friendship, love, and care Amy gave her and Laurel was beyond appreciative and they became very close. She loved and accepted Amy into her life and we are all so lucky that this was possible, and that Amy was so generous with her time and love; it made all the difference.

Laurel was selfless, funny, loving, generous, joyful, kind, grateful, optimistic, and full of grace. She led us all through this last month of her life with these qualities. She gave us time to reminisce, talk about life, death, and our lives together. We laughed, cried, and shared that spectacular honesty she was known for and we are truly grateful for her and for the many gifts she gave.