Littleton author Stutson lived life to fullest

Creator of children's books was former teacher, librarian

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Longtime Littleton author Caroline Randolph MacLachlan Stutson died on June 18. She was 74.

A funeral service was held on June 23 at Littleton United Methodist Church.

She was a onetime elementary school teacher and librarian at Littleton's Bemis Library, with a sense of humor that came through in her rhymed tales for children.

She was born Sept. 14, 1940, in New York City to Malcomb and Randolph MacLachlan and grew up in Massapequa, Long Island. She attended the historic College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Denver.

She was married to Alverd Stutson and the couple celebrated a 50th anniversary in September 2014.

Stutson was the author of 10 published children's books and an active member of the Spellbinders oral storytelling group, which spins tales for Littleton Public Schools and elsewhere.

Wild Writers, her writing and critique group, also brought her joy.

She enjoyed giving puppet shows, spending time with her grandson Alec Stutson, reading, walking on the Highline Canal with her dog and attending live theater.

She was a board member of Friends of the Littleton Library/Museum and a reading volunteer in the Littleton Schools. Caroline is survived by her husband, son A.C. Stutson and grandson Alec. The family suggests donations to a favorite charity in Caroline's memory.

Caroline Stutson's children's books

“Cat's Night Out” — Stutson recalls early days in New York City. In print.

“By the Light of the Halloween Moon” — A giant toe is tapping by the light of the silvery moon. In print.

“Mama Loves You” — The perfect baby gift. In print.

“Mountain Meadows 1 2 3” — Count the meadow's wildlife. In print.

“Pirate Pup” — A canine crew seeks lost treasure, with cats in pursuit.

“Night Train” — A boy's journey from country to city.

“Cowpokes” — A day on the range.

“Star Comes Home: A True Story” — A homeless pony is rescued.

“Prairie Primer A to Z” — A rhyming alphabet book set in the early 20th century.

“On the River ABC” — An ant is the focus of an outdoor alphabet.

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