Carolyn passed away quietly at San Juan Regional Medical Center after a short illness, December 31st.
Her parents, Oscar and Edna Ernst welcomed her as the youngest of their 6 children, February 15, 1940. She was born in Kiefer, Oklahoma and lived in Sapulpa, Oklahoma with her parents and siblings until job transfers would take them to Eunice, and eventually Hobbs, NM. She was the last survivor of her immediate family, losing her parents and siblings Betty, Everett, James, John and Barbara.
Her friendly disposition certainly helped her in her first job as a telephone operator. Later while clerking at a drug store, she met Frank, fell in love. They enjoyed a loving marriage until "Eddie," as she called him, passed months short of their 60th anniversary. They spent their early years in Albuquerque, later moving to Hobbs to be closer to family.
Carolyn was a fabulous homemaker, expertly canning crops from the garden, sewing, and keeping the wood floors waxed so we could slide down the hall in our socks! Even now, you will find all kinds of homemade cookies and breads in her freezer, just in case someone stops by.
Upon moving to Farmington, Carolyn had to find other interests than family and a small farm to keep her busy. She graduated from San Juan College with a degree in accounting and began working for Kare Drug as their bookkeeper. She worked for several small businesses in the area until she, non-ceremoniously, stopped.
Carolyn would discover a love for travel, and accompanied Frank on many of his work assignments, domestic and international.
Carolyn was a lifelong member of the Rebekah Order serving for 30 years. She held the titles of State President of the Rebekah Assembly of New Mexico and International Association of Rebekah Assembly Conductor. She cherished the friendships of her Rebekah sisters, and lived by their example of friendship, love and truth. Carolyn had gained the title of State President of The Rebekah Assembly in 2012 in Farmington, New Mexico. She was bestowed the honor of hanging a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. in its centennial year 2021.
Carolyn's most cherished role was that of a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her son, Dennis (Denise) Holland; daughters, Diana Schaffer (McDonald) and Darla Schaffer (Evans); grandchildren; Justin, Amy and Nick Holland, Mackenzie and Grant McDonald, Tyler, Carson and Luke Evans; and 6 great grandchildren.
Her care is entrusted to Farmington Funeral Home. Services will be 11:00 am, Monday, January 8 at 2111 W. Apache, Farmington, NM. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery.