Obituary: Sarah Faye (Gilroy) Paulson
May 9, 1922 – January 1, 2022
Sarah Faye Gilroy was born on May 9, 1922 to George Galord Gilroy and Sarah Gladys Margaret Hopf in Dixon, WY on the Dufy McAlister farm. She weighed in at 2 lbs. and 1 oz. To this family was also born six boys, Lloyd, Eugene, George, Archie, Donald and Robert. There were her two sisters, Marjorie Lucille who was born dead and Betty Lu.
She attended grade school in Dixon, WY and finished the ninth through the twelfth grades at Baggs, WY graduating in 1941. She moved back to the family ranch to help her mother as she wasn’t well. In 1942 Faye attended Central Business College in Denver, CO. She also finished a Practical Nursing Program through the mail.
She attended High School with Teddy Paulson and then met his older brother Ralph. Ralph had joined the Navy when he was eighteen and when he came home from the service they started dating. They were married on December 17, 1946 in Steamboat Springs, CO.
Ralph and Faye settled in Craig, CO where Ralph worked for Russ Winslow at the Conoco filling station with Faye working at the Palace Drug. Ralph moved on to work for Ora Harris at the Horton’s Station. When Ora Harris sold the station Ralph and Faye leased it.
On September 19, 1951 their daughter Carrol Ann was born. Faye did the bookkeeping at the filling station and took Carrol with her every day to work.
In 1985 Ralph and Faye retired from the service station business. They started traveling in the Winter months. They traveled throughout the United States visiting most all of the states. They ended up traveling to Yuma, AR with their good friends Leether and Velta Redmon and also Ralph’s brother Ted and his wife Faye. In 1986 Ralph had to have surgery on his eyes and that ended their traveling.
Ralph and Faye purchased a home on Sunset Circle in Craig and enjoyed working in their yard. Ralph passed away in 2005, Faye remained there until 2010 when she moved into Sunset Meadows 1. She lived at Sunset Meadow until December of 2021 and moved to the Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond.
Faye enjoyed playing sports including gardening, bowling, golfing and played baseball in high school. She also enjoyed crafting, knitting, crocheting. She took home many blue ribbons from the Moffat County Fair throughout the years.
Faye was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was involved in many of the activities of the Church. She loved the church’s genealogy program and enjoyed tracing her ancestors back to their roots.
Family and friends were truly a priority throughout Faye’s life. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She enjoyed attending the grandkids sports games and cheering them on. She loved people and will always be remembered for her tight, tight hugs.
Faye was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph, five of her brothers, Lloyd Gilroy, George Gilroy, Archie Gilroy, Eugene Gilroy, Donald Gilroy, and sister Betty Lu Gilroy.
She leaves behind her daughter Carrol, and her “favorite” son-in-law Cleve Preece, brother, Robert (Lu) Gilroy of Rosette, WY, grandson, Chad (Rachel) Preece of Windsor, CO, granddaughter, Jennifer (Pat) Svoboda of Sterling, CO, six grandkids, Carter Preece, Collin Preece, Estefania Preece, Colton Preece, Ryann Svoboda and Corbin Svoboda and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Little Snake River Museum c/o Grant Mortuary in Craig, CO.
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