Patricia Amack Carney Calkins

Passed away on
April 13, 2023
Pat Calkins, 93, who lived with an abundant spirit and endless love of family as a mother, wife, friend, grandmother and great-grandmother, died April 13, 2023, at the High Pointe Memory Care Center in Denver. A celebration of life will be held on July 18, 2023, at the Mount Vernon Canyon Club at 10:00 a.m. Born July 19, 1929, in Goodland, Kan., Pat grew up on her parents’ ranch outside of Goodland and cemented a love of animals with the farm’s menagerie of horses, lambs, calves, goats, dogs and cats. The family moved into town when she started Goodland High School. After graduating, she attended Colorado Women’s College in Denver before marrying Thomas J. Carney in 1948 and moving to Golden, Colo. They later divorced. Their son T.J was born in 1952 and their daughter Diane was born in 1955. She made their lives fun and strong, and guided her children with skill, verve and self-assurance. She was always active in their activities and many of her own. Pat obtained a real estate license and became manager of Crestmoor Downs residential complex in Denver in the late 1960s. She also thrived as a homemaker and loved cooking and baking for family members. Holidays, especially, brought out the joy and sharing she gave to so many others, and she worked with children and grandchildren teaching them her skills. Pat married George W. Calkins in 1981 and they lived in Englewood, Colo., until his death in 2014. She also was preceded in death by her parents Lester and Teresa Amack and her sister Phyllis Amack Cichowicz. Survivors include her son Thomas J. (T.J) Turner (Deborah) Carney, Golden, Colo; daughter Diane Lee Carney, Glendale, Ariz.; granddaughters Amber Hall, Conifer, Colo., and Sonia (Scott) Moen, Danville, Calif.; grandson Ross (J.J.) Carney, Lakewood, Colo.; and great-granddaughters Alexis Hall and Eleanor and Arabelle Moen. Also surviving are stepson Bradley Calkins; step-grandson Buzz Calkins; step-granddaughters Hillary Sempel and Darcy Calkins; and step-great-grandchildren Harper, Marin and Bradley Calkins and Ashby and Peyton Sempel. Her longtime personal assistant Jean Diehl also survives. In lieu of flowers or other memorials, the family requests support and donations in her name to Danny and Ron’s Rescue ( and/or The Limb Preservation Foundation (