Colettie (Carla) Cranston: 1937-2019


    Colettie E. “Carla” Cranston 81, of Fort Myers Beach passed away on Saturday May 25, 2019 at Joanne’s House of Hope Hospice. Formerly of Grand Junction, Colorado, she had been a resident of Fort Myers Beach since 2007. She was born October 16, 1937 in Erwin, North Carolina to the late Hubert and Edna Mae (Fowler) Porter.

    Carla and Gary met in Charleston, SC while Gary was serving in the Air Force. They married on November 1, 1968 and lived in Wichita, Kansas and Marietta, Georgia while Gary completed college and pilot training, before moving to Gordon, Nebraska where they lived for many years and were partners in several business ventures, including a farm equipment business and a flower and gift shop. Carla attended Wichita State University and Wichita Business College.

    Carla was an avid Denver Broncos fan, attending many games and organizing tailgate parties. She and Gary enjoyed traveling to Europe, Alaska and Ireland as well as cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Carla was also an accomplished self-taught artist who enjoyed painting, beading and working with clay.

    Upon retirement, Carla and Gary moved to Grand Junction, Colorado to be closer to family while spending winters in Florida. For all of her accomplishments and talents, the most important thing in Carla’s life was family and her many friends across the country. The last few years were very special with their three grandnieces: Cadence, Emmarie and Isa. Her last big project was the planning and fulfillment of their 50th wedding anniversary, escorted by their grandnieces and attended by many dear friends from across the country. She helped establish the Gary and Colettie Cranston Family Foundation, and was a member of the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation.

    Carla is survived by her loving husband Gary of Fort Myers Beach, her in-laws, Gregg (Carole) Cranston of Grand Junction, Co, Bradd (Robin) Cranston of Big Timber, MT, and Janine (Dan) Bromley of Grand Junction, CO; her nieces and nephews, Ryan and Marisa Cranston, Enrique and Kate Lima and Honey Ray Cranston, and grandnieces Cadence, Emmarie, & Isa.

    A celebration of Carla’s life is being planned later this summer in Grand Junction, CO, and Nov 1 in Fort Myers Beach. In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift can be made to Joanne’s House of Hope Hospice, 27200 Imperial Parkway, Bonita Springs, FL 34134. To leave online condolences or sign the guest register, visit