Mandy L. Folsom

Born: Tue., May 30, 1978
Died: Sun., Mar. 9, 2014


Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Mar. 15, 2014
Location: First Presbyterian Church


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Mandy Lynn Stotler Folsom, 35, of Cañon City, and two of her children, daughter Marissa, 9, and son Mason, 5, died March 10, 2014, in Cañon City.

Ms. Folsom was born May 30, 1978, to Dawn R. Wassel (Swisher) and Jimmy J. Stotler.

She attended Longfellow Elementary School in Salida, finishing her high school years at Cotopaxi High School.

She worked for several years under her mother’s tutelage at a local accounting firm, providing payroll and bookkeeping services.

Ms. Folsom had recently graduated from a certified nursing assistant program and at the time of her death was seeking to continue her education further.

She was a proud member of Salida Elks Lodge No. 808 and attended many Elks dinners and events with her family and especially her children.

Family and friends said she will be remembered for many things, but the love for her kids, family and pets shone above all.

She was known for her big heart, attempting to help people and animals, especially those in need.

Her family said she performed countless kind acts for others on a daily basis. She helped every stray animal or pet that happened to cross paths with her.

Ms. Folsom especially loved the outdoors. She led a simple lifestyle, enjoying time with family and friends, especially during camping events with her children and family.

For her upcoming birthday in May, her only wish was that her family spend a camping trip together in an attempt to bring the busy family’s schedules together.

Her favorite place to be, as she often mentioned, was camping in the area of South Fooses Creek.

Ms. Folsom’s absolute favorite time of the year was Christmas, a love she inherited from her mother.

She was known for calling her mother and grandmother several times a day to check in and see how everyone was doing.

Daughter Marissa Lynn Stotler was born Oct. 27, 2004. Family members said she was made up of “what one would put an angel together with,” and her “long beautiful hair and glowing blue eyes” affected those around her.

Family members said her heart was filled with nothing but love, and she portrayed that upon this world for 9 short years.

Not too long ago, she had a conversation with her grandma about purchasing a grandmother-granddaughter best friend’s necklace. They searched online looking for one to buy and could not find the perfect one. Just last week, during a shopping trip together, they found that perfect necklace along with a perfect Easter dress. She was so excited to wear her new dress that the whole family knew about it.

Marissa simply loved. She loved her pets, her family and especially her brother, sister and mother.

She loved her cousins dearly and played with them, though they were younger, constantly and affectionately. They said they loved her just as much.

She was a strong-willed, joking little girl who enhanced life. Family members said she did nothing but make their lives better.

Marissa was a storyteller, and her family always looked at each other in bewilderment when she expounded on one. The stories were classic little tales of life that only Marissa could quite understand, but they simply made her family laugh.

Son Mason Lee Kaufman was born Oct. 21, 2008.

He was a loving little boy who loved big trucks, Spiderman, his family and his sisters.

At the time of his death he was beginning to open up to this world, explore and understand.

He attended school, where he was flourishing.

Family and friends said his little smile was infectious and his laugh irresistible and that his arguments and little sibling rivalries with his older sisters were fun to watch.

His love for John Wayne and his voice made many smile.

Family members remember how excited he was during Christmas, showing them that, although half-threatened many times that he might not come, Santa actually had made it and his toys had arrived.

Mason left a great impression on his family. Family members said his determination for life and overcoming difficulties will be remembered for generations to come.

Simply said, he was beautiful, courageous and happy, they said.

Survivors include Ms. Folsom’s daughter; her mother, Dawn (Jerry) Wassel of Salida; her father, Jim (Donna) Stotler of Cañon City; her brother, Danny (Niki) Stotler of Salida; her grandparents Lynn (Norma)Stotler of Salida and Readon Magnuson of Salida; Mason’s father, Cody W. Kaufman of Pueblo; Mason’s grandmother Claudett Sheldon; Mason’s great-grandparents Claude and Opal Pfander of Des Moines, Iowa; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

As Ms. Folsom and her children lived together and died together, their family decided to have their obituaries together.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a memorial fund in the family’s name that has been set up at Pueblo Bank & Trust.

Their services will be at 10 a.m. March 15, 2014, in the Salida First Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd., followed by graveside services at Fairview Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida.

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Earlene Dague
   Posted Thu March 13, 2014
So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all who loved this sweet family. May God give you peace. Earlene Dague

Janella & Lawrence Martinez and family
   Posted Thu March 13, 2014
Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to this entire family! My heart breaks for everyone! I remember Mandy in Girl Scouts when I volunteered as a leader and co-leader! She was always kind and had a smile that lit up the room!!
No family should have to go through the pain that your family is now left to deal with! We know most of your family, having been in Salida for most of our lives. Please know this community is here for you and I am only a phone call away! Again, our sincere love,a thoughts and prayers!

Heather (Gilberston) Bratcher
   Posted Thu March 13, 2014
My heart just broke at news of the loss of Mandy, Marissa and Mason.
Mandy was a absolutely amazing Mother and friend. She will be greatly missed but never shall we forget the smile on her face and the love she shared with us all. My thoughts and prayers our with the family through this tragic time.

Dawn Folsom
   Posted Fri March 14, 2014
I met Mandy when she was getting ready to marry my son. We went to Walmart and she got stopped at least 6 times in the store by people who wanted her opinion on things, wanted to ask questions, and just wanted to visit. I knew then that she was an unusual woman who generated love and gave love...a true gift to the community. May God bless her, her children and her family.

Tammy Miller
   Posted Fri March 14, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May Our Lord hold you in His loving arms and bring you comfort and strength in the coming days, weeks, months and years. Gods Blessings

Zettalee Gowen
   Posted Fri March 14, 2014

TROPICAL DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Zettalee Gowen.

Our sympathies to your family during this time. We are saddened by your loss. Zettalee and Jacob Gowen Family Pablo DeNegri


Kathy Mayfield
   Posted Fri March 14, 2014
May the comfort and understanding only God can bestow be with this hurting family at the loss of these three remarkable people.

Carol Struna
   Posted Fri March 14, 2014
Our hearts ache for you. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Louie and Carol Struna

Linda and Jim DeLuca
   Posted Sat March 15, 2014
There are so many words to say and yet not enough to convey what our hearts our feeling. We are so very sorry for the loss of Mandy, Marissa and Mason. My God bring you comfort as he now cares for them for you.

John Stotler
   Posted Sat March 15, 2014
I am sorry for your loss. Like so many people have said, I remember Mandy as being a kind and happy person with a beautiful smile and eyes that sparkled with joy and revealed a good heart. My sisters and I were glad for the friendship Mandy shared with our mother Iris. Mom enjoyed her visits and spoke often about how Mandy brightened her day.
With love John

JoAnn Martinez
   Posted Sat March 15, 2014
My thoughts and prayers to my dear friend and her 3 children! What a tragic this is and just want to know that God has gained 3 beautiful Angels and you will be missed all kinds! I know you will be looking and seeing how many special people you had in your life and know that you will be greatly missed. I hope that the family and friends all pull together through this hard time! Love and miss you my friend! God keep a good look out for Mandy's daughter as she needs you more than ever as she is alone now.

Tammy Vigil
   Posted Wed March 19, 2014
I got to know Mandy after her oldest daughter, Brittany, was born. My son is 4 days older than Brittany & I would see them at the park when we went...she was also in Curves with me "back in the day." She was a sweet, caring person & she will be missed. As soon as I heard...an image popped into my mind of her at FibArk, on the street in front of Mama D's, pushing a stroller. She always said "Hi Tammy" & we would talk for a few minutes....I just wish now that I would have made more of an effort to keep in contact with her, but I let life get in the way. I will always regret that. May you rest in peace Mandy along with your beautiful children Marissa & Mason. See you again someday.

Pastor Stan @ Living Waters Church
   Posted Mon April 07, 2014
In this time of loss, may you find the kindness of friends to comfort you, compassion to warm and sustain you, and the unfailing love of Jesus to bring peace to your heart.
We pray you will find the comforting presence of His love and will be blessed with courage to bear the sorrow you feel.
Hebrews 13:5c says "I will never leave you nor forsake you"
Pastor Stan & the Living Waters Church Family
5300 E. Hwy. 50,
Salida, CO
719.539.6826
livingwaterssalida@yahoo.com
We welcome you to visit or contact us if there is any way that we can be of help.
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