Carol Ann Grant, age 84, passed away peacefully at home with her family on January 7, 2023 in Boulder City, Nevada. Carol was born on January 28, 1938 in Jackson, Tennessee to Thomas Quinn and Mary Lucille Sykes. In the 1950s the Sykes family left Tennessee to make their home in Southern California. In 1965 Carol moved her family to Las Vegas after accepting a Dispatcher position with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
Carol was one of the first female patrol officers for the Clark County Sherriff’s Office and she had a trailblazing and rewarding 25-year career as a police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Throughout her career, Carol helped forge the path to make it possible for women enter the patrol and investigation professions in law enforcement in Clark County, Nevada. An article the Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper named Carol and her best friend Sherri Crawford, Las Vegas’s own Cagney and Lacy. During Carol’s career as a police investigator, she appeared in the television program “America’s Most Wanted” and highlighted one of her cold cases. She was able to solve the cold case as a result of this program.
Carol was a resident of Boulder City for 42 years and was the generous and loving matriarch of her large and blended family. Her wonderful sense of humor kept her family positive and smiling. We have all lost a loving and special mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great great-grandmother and good friend.
Carol is survived by her son Richard (Tessa) Faber of Kingman, Arizona, daughters Carol (Bob) Keyes of Jerome, Idaho, Barbara Stoneroad, Kim Riddle, Sandra (Gary) Leavitt of Henderson, Nevada, Patricia (Philip) Vanderwal of Boulder City, Nevada, and her brother Bob Sykes of California.
She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, her best friend Sherri Crawford, Toni Faber of Las Vegas, and her beloved dog Lola.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband Daniel, her parents, her brother Thomas and her son William Faber.
A celebration of life will be held for Carol on January 18, 2023 at 12:00 noon, at the Boulder City Municipal Cemetery Pavilion. A reception following the service will be held at Jack’s Place in downtown Boulder City. Dress is casual and please bring an umbrella if rain is predicted.
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made in Carol’s name to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City, Nevada or the Injured Police Officers Fund for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.
Arrangements are under the care of Boulder City Family Mortuary.
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