May 27, 1993 – December 29, 2021
Savanna Ray Bristol was born in Glenwood Springs and died in her Durango home.
She grew up in her hometown of Carbondale and attended school where she graduated from Roaring Fork High School. In 2019 she attended San Juan Community College in Farmington, New Mexico, where she received her phlebotomy license.
She was on this earth for 28 years and has helped make it a brighter, better place. She worked in various jobs she loved at the River Valley Ranch, Dalton Ranch Golf Course, various pharmacies, did home care at Comfort Keepers, worked in a pet store, and eventually worked as a phlebotomist for Labcorp.
People who knew Savanna know that she was all about being funny and disrespectful. She had love and laughter to share, as well as a sarcastic joke and a delightfully cheeky mouth that made people laugh! She marched to a singularly different drum; that’s what made them so special.
She loved making people smile and feel better, always giving compliments and the best hugs! She never failed to let people know that she loved her and told them at least ten times a day!
Savanna was artistic and creative. When the pandemic broke out, she spent a lot of time painting stones that looked like ladybugs and building the cutest fairy houses. Then they would creep around and put them on people’s verandas or in flower gardens.
The neighborhood was full of fairy gardens with their creations this year. She also loved visiting local rivers and lakes, doing rafting and paddle boarding.
She was a caring person and a great caregiver who took care of everyone who was in need, whether it was people or animals. She’s never met a dog or cat that she didn’t like
e. She even took in an older client’s dog and looked after him when the client couldn’t. She was a source of strength and a great help to her sister Ciarra and temporarily moved to Denver to take care of her and her nephew when Ciarra was treated for leukemia in 2019/2020.
Savanna loved her family very much, and if she knew you well, you were part of her extended family.
Her nephew Summit was her absolute favorite person in the world. She loved hanging out with him. Last year she built him a cardboard rocket for his birthday and made him a Halloween costume – a fire truck with moving wheels, rotating lights, an extendable ladder, and a fire hose.
She leaves behind her mother Patty Bristol, father Doug Bristol and partner Lisa Talley, sister Ciarra Bristol and partner Marlin Boyer, nephew Summit, grandfather Maurice Bristol, aunts and uncles Kelly and Jan Warnock, Tina and Ras Smith, Debbie and Jim Martin. Mike Bristol, many cousins and friends whom she considered family.
Her grandparents June and Tiny Nightingale, Marsha and Milt Dodson, Eva Bristol and Uncle Tim Nightingale precede her in death.
Sometime this summer, Savanna’s life is celebrated when Ciarra is cured of cancer. Instead of flowers, donations can be made to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at suizidpräventionlifeline.org