Carole B. Cartier

Born in East Grand Rapids, MI on August 24, 1938

Departed on May 4, 2017 and resided in Denver, CO

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Carole Bulkeley Cartier, 78,  passed from this life May 4th, 2017 to join her parents Claire and Margaret Cartier and to rest in the arms of the Lord.  Carole leaves behind her sister Lynne Cottrell (Bo), children Mark, Shayne and Wendy Baltimore, grandson Austyn Baltimore, niece Holly Aragon and nephew Ian Buchanan.

Carole was born August 24, 1938 in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended East Grand Rapids High School, Grier School for Girls in Pennsylvania and Grand Rapids Junior College.

A woman of many talents, Carole lived a life that was certainly eclectic, full of color and textures that provided the music of and color of life we all seek to enjoy.  As a young girl she excelled in tennis, dancing, ice skating, even roller skating and sailing. But her greatest gift was as a jazz pianist! She played and sang professionally with her "EB Carole" Trio in Grand Rapids and, after moving to Denver in 1967 could often be heard filling in at the piano bar at the legendary Lafittes in downtown Denver. With an entrepreneurial spirit, she opened and ran her very trendy Cherry Creek Needlepoint Gallery which provided a consistent and loyal customer base and appreciable success.  Not to be outdone by retirement, she became a volunteer extraordinaire at Porter Hospital and at the Porter Thrift Shop for the last eight years.  She became an institution within Porter and gained the respect of not only the other volunteers but the senior leadership of the medical center as well.

Carole will be sadly missed by her family and many friends for her kindness, generosity, compassion for others and especially her wonderful humor.

She certainly left her foot print in the sand of life that no ocean wave will soon diminish.

Celebration or her life:

Monday, May 15, 11:00 AM

Porter Hospital Chapel

2525 S Downing St

Denver, CO 80210


Donations can be made in Carole's honor to

Porter Hospital Foundation

Mason Hall, 2nd Floor

2525 S Downing St

Denver, CO 80210

Guestbook Entries

  1. Wendy Baltimore :

    Wendy Baltimore

  2. Austyn Baltimore

  3. Mark & Linda Baltimore :

    I’ll miss you Mom

  4. What a beautiful person and meaningful life.

  5. Allan and Sally Stanley :

    She can be remembered by the love those have she leaves behind.

  6. I will just say, good night old friend, we knew and trusted each other for a lifetime, I know bro Hizz joins me with this comment.

  7. Susan Davis :

    Carole was one of those people that did not know a stranger. It always amazed me that within minutes of a new person entering our office, Carole would have learned most of their life story and more importantly – WHY they were here. She knew instantly if you were a person she could tease and if you were… well – let’s just say she was consistent and you needed to be on top of your game.

    She gave freely of her time and energy to Porter. She loved a party and served on committees to plan the annual Volunteer Luncheons and other events. She had an eye for detail and loved to decorate, plan and keep us all organized (complete with labels). Her retail experience made her the perfect person to manage the Thrift Store on Downing. She had a gift for intuitively knowing who was there “in need” and who was there to fleece the store. Those who tried to take advantage of Carole’s good nature soon found they had a very formidable opponent! Those that needed a friend and a helping hand found her to be loyal and generous. She kept track of the volunteers that worked with her in the store. Making sure they were safe in the snow, encouraging them to visit their doctor when they felt ill or just checking up to see how they were – was all in a day’s work for her.

    Carole loved to play and play hard! Costumes, props, pranks – she couldn’t get enough… and with her quick wit you never knew what may be coming next! When visiting different departments making deliveries or getting copies, her sense of humor was at the ready and added a great deal of laughter and smiles everywhere she went. She loved a good meal “out” and regular discussions would ensue about where to go and who to go with. When at dinner, rich conversations would be started that could last well into the wee hours of the morning.

    She loved to learn of people’s families. She would spend time looking at pictures of each niece, nephew, child or grandchild and ask about their traits and talents. She would ask about their wellbeing and activities thereafter. She loved sports and was not to be disturbed during important golf or tennis matches unless she had invited you over to watch with her. Performing jazz throughout Denver was one of her “secret pasts” and there was so much more that we did, and I’m sure, did NOT know about this amazing lady.

    Carole was a very special and colorful part of our volunteer family. She was able to articulate what many of us were thinking and did not have the courage to say. She often turned a drab ordinary day into one of extraordinary fun. Her tartness, her sweetness – her contrasts were clarifying and loveable. There is a sign in the volunteer department that reads “be the most brilliant color in the box”. She mentioned many times that it was her favorite of the sayings posted in the office. It’s not hard to know why… Her friendship, color and spirit will be greatly missed. The box will not be the same without her.

  8. Michele Austin :


    Carole was obviously a very special person. She will be there to meet you in the next life. I’m sure you already miss her, but you will always be able to talk to her, just in a different way.


  9. Carole was older than me when we were growing up on Plymouth Rd. and she may well have not even been aware of my presence, but I was very much her secret admirer. She had a glorious smile and I can remember her contagious laugh. She and her family were wonderful neighbors. God speed, Carole.

    • Lynne Cartier Cottrell :

      Rob, I remember you well…knowing you as Robby Alt. Jim of course was in my class. Carole definitely remembered the Alts as our nice neighbors down the street. Hope you are all doing well. I think we have a mutual friend here in Colorado…Don Johnson. Do you know him?

  10. Nancy Spence :

    Carole will be greatly missed … what a lovely lady she was. In addition to her many talents, she put up the most beautiful Christmas decorations in town!! Rest in peace, dear Carole.

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