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.
Online condolences may be offered at lewisandglenn.com.