Mildred Lucylle (Gilstrap) Laukala |

Mildred Lucylle (Gilstrap) Laukala

Surrounded with the love of her family, our beloved wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Mildred “Lucylle” (Gilstrap) Laukala, 83, went Home to be with the Lord on January 6, 2016.

Words cannot express how much she meant to all of us and how much she will be missed. But stronger than our immense sorrow we will hold in our hearts cherished memories of her warm and generous spirit, loving ways and her contagious giggle.

Lucylle was born April 1, 1932, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to John Kelso Gilstrap and Helen (Mason) Gilstrap.

She married Edward L. Downing on April 18, 1954, and had three daughters, Lorie (Noel) Crawford of El Jebel, Lana (Jeff) Holub, and Linda (Michael) Mansfield, of Glenwood Springs. They later divorced. On April 19, 1980, she married Donald Clarence Laukala and lovingly welcomed his daughter Kari Hubin.

Donald and Lucylle lived in Dodge City, Kansas, and owned and operated the Bel-Air Motel until they retired. They moved back to Colorado and lived in Battlement Mesa, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.

Lucylle was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Shirley Anderson, and brothers, John Gilstrap and Richard (Dick) Gilstrap.

Lucylle is survived by her husband, Donald C. Laukala; four daughters; eight grandchildren: Salvatore (Renee) Rocco, Nikolas Rocco (loving girlfriend Lisa Richards), Leah Mansfield (fiancé Tyler Sisson), Andrew Mansfield, Michaela Mansfield, John (Tina) Crawford, Laura (Simon) George-Njogu, and Jenny (James) Bumgardner); eight great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Lucylle’s family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love and support over the past few months.

A private family service and will be held on January 11, 2016.

Condolences may be mailed to P.O. Box 2508, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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