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Stroope, Caroline Cecilia Sommers Whetsel

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February 22, 1931 - November 14, 2014

Stroope, Caroline Cecilia Sommers Whetsel

Caroline Cecelia Sommers-Whetsel-Stroope, age 83, of Prosper, Texas passed away peacefully in her home on the night of November 14, 2014. She was attended by her family and loved ones.

Caroline was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on February 22, 1931, to the late James L. and Julia K. Sommers. She grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio where she met and married Robert “Bob” Whetsel, also of Chillicothe, Ohio. They moved to Texas shortly after marrying. Robert and Caroline made their home in the Dallas area suburbs. They had two children, Kathie Lynn and David Randall. They had 19 wonderful years together before Bob passed away.

Following the passing of Bob Whetsel she met Bobby Joe Stroope through a mutual friend. They married in Richardson, TX. While married to Bobby Joe she learned the various skills needed to work with him in their bee keeping business. They were married for 18 years until his passing.

Caroline loved dancing and attended the singles over 50 dance club where she met Bob Branch. Caroline and Bob had a very close and loving relationship for the last 14 years. Bob has been a very important part of Caroline’s life as they both loved to travel and they made several trips to various parts of the country. They both also loved going to the casinos and would often make a day trip to try their luck at the slot machines.

Caroline was a very loving mother and grandmother. She was very proud of the accomplishments of her two children, Kathie Gressett and her husband Doug, of Midland, TX and David “Randy” Whetsel and his wife  Gina, of Prosper, TX.  Caroline was lovingly known as Mawmaw by her four grandchildren, Brian and Eric Gressett and Andrea and Courtney Whetsel whom she adored. She also has five great-grandchildren, Preston, Zoey, Braxtyn, Brooke’Lynn and Kahler whom she loved dearly.

Caroline was preceded in death by her brothers; Richard and James Sommers and her sister, Josephine Sommers Brigner. She is survived by her daughter, Kathie, her son, David, sister Elizabeth Shoemaker of Chillicothe, Ohio, her brother Joseph Sommers of Colorado Springs, CO, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Arthritis Foundation, www.arthritis.org

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Clark and Stephanie Gullette

November 24, 2014 1:30PM

Stephanie and I have had the pleasure of being around Caroline as employees of her son David's lawn business, over many years, we worked as coworkers together and she was indeed a wonderful person to know, she was kind, funny, and high spirited. She often loved to talk with us about politics and her hometown, how she was raised and her family, she loved her family dearly and we watched each of her grand children grow into adults, all of them benefitting from her knowledge and love. She was considered a dear friend and she will be missed by both of us.


Norma (Steffy) Hamilton

November 24, 2014 10:10AM

Caroline and I went to school together.
We
worked at Elberfelds at the same time , and talked their Mother into signing Joe into the Navy. RIP Caroline .