Charline Marie Gaston completed her earthly race in her home in Aztec, NM at the age of 91yrs on February 22nd, 2023.
Charline was born in Durango Co. She spent her early life in Piedra CO until her family moved to Aztec in 1945. They moved to town so she could attend high school. She graduated from Aztec High School in 1949 although she continued to be a lifelong Aztec Tiger. Soon after graduation, Charline started a career working for the Aztec school system as secretary to the superintendent. She both taught and was principal at Lydia Rippey Elementary School for much of her career. She retired from Aztec Schools after 42 years of service then continued as the District Test Coordinator for another 11 years. In total, Charline served her community through the schools for 54 years.
Charline was passionate about education and the teaching of young minds. She was devoted to her faith and trust in her Lord. She served faithfully in every church she attended in many capacities. She gave of herself to Bible Studies, preparing baby bags for the hospital, sending cards to church members. One of the greatest sources of her joy was her family. Traveling with them, guiding them, caring for them and teaching each of them the important concepts of life. Wherever she went, whatever she did, Charline Gaston touched lives and made an impact on those around her.
Charline married Edward Dobey in 1957, then married Robert Gaston in 1972.
Charline is survived by her daughter Vicki Shriver(Mike), son Charles Dobey(Fran), four grandsons: Adam Shriver(Ashley), David Shriver, Jake Shriver(Alesia), Charles S. Dobey(Brenna), three great-granddaughters: Aiyana Shriver, Olivia McCoy-Shriver, Miranda Shriver, and sister-in-law Fay Randlemon.
Charline is preceeded in death by her parents Charles and Marie Randlemon, brother Earl Randlemon and niece Debbie Williams.
Viewing will be held Friday, March 3, 2023 at Cope Memorial Chapel 405 Main St Aztec from 4 pm to 7 pm. Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 10 am at Lydia Rippey Elementary School in the gym. Following a brief family graveside service, everyone is invited to join the family in a meal at the school cafeteria.
In lieu of flowers, Charline and her family request donations be made to the Aztec Municipal School District Foundation(AMSDF). Her request was the donations be used to further the education of a future educator after graduating from high school. Donations can be made through the school's website under the “foundation” tab through PayPal; checks can be mailed or to AMSDF 1118 W. Aztec Blvd or dropped off at the administration building. Please put Charline Gaston Memorial on the memo line.
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