November 28, 1935 - January 28, 2021
Carolyn Mae Gilmore‘s passion for life was was evident to anyone who ever had the good fortune to spend even one moment with her. She never met a stranger and once one became family or friend she made sure they knew how important they were to her. She was strong willed and charming, quietly confident and encouraging to all. Throughout her short but devastating battle with ALS she continued to be a beacon of light and love. On January 28, 2021 her light and love became eternal.
Carolyn was born November 28, 1935 to Stacy and Opal Kittle in Turon, KS. She grew up as second oldest to six siblings and learned to make the most out of very little. She met the love of her life when Gordon (Mike) Gilmore moved to Turon in 1949 to start high school. They married in 1954 and moved to Manhattan, KS where Mike attended Kansas State University. Carolyn became president of a working wives’ group affectionately known as PHT (Putting Hubby Through). She proudly co-signed each woman’s degree with the college president.
After college, Army life brought them to Stockton, CA. Then Mike joined Shell Oil Co which moved them several times over the next 31 years, from California, to New Jersey to Texas. After Mike’s retirement they spent 7 delightful years in Prescott, AZ. In 2001 a move to Sun City in Georgetown, TX brought them closer to family. All along the way Carolyn developed treasured friendships, each becoming near and dear to her heart.
Carolyn’s work life included home-based and retail sales, working as a receptionist and records manager in a hospital’s radiology department and office administrator in a general practitioner’s office. She carried on in her leadership roles in neighborhood civic groups, American Association of Medical Assistants and bridge clubs.
Carolyn would tell you that she lived a full and rewarding life. She loved to travel with family and friends, and if you were within 100 miles of her route, you could count on a visit. A great passion was bridge. She played several time a week with the Sun City Duplicate Bridge Club and in various couples’ bridge groups. She proudly attained the rank of Bronze Life Master in the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League). Her last trip was a cruise in early 2020 where she engaged in 7 days and nights of non-stop bridge games. She was in her element!
Carolyn was a devoted wife of 66 years and wonderful mother to her three children Cheryl (Mike), Kirk (John) and Sandy (Randy).She was smitten by her grandchildren and enamored of their children, her great grands.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her father Shorty, mother Opal and sister Twila. Surviving siblings are sisters Norma, Rosemary and Darlene and brothers Buford and Stacy.
Carolyn leaves a legacy of honesty, compassion, positivity and love. She will be well missed by all.
At this time, no services are planned.
Donations can be made in her behalf to:
Kindred Hospice Texas Neurology ALS Center
7557 Rambler Rd 6800 N Central Expressway
Ste 510 Ste 100
Dallas, TX 75231 Dallas, TX 75206
Both provided much appreciated care and equipment during her illness.
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Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252