Carolyn Casebeer, beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend, died Oct. 1, 2005, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. She was 91 years old.Carolyn was born on March 14, 1914, in Royersford, Pa., to Everett and Naomi Yerk Lewin. She spent her early years in Royersford and graduated from Royersford High School. In 1939, she moved with her brother and his friend Floyd “Casey” Casebeer to San Diego.On Oct. 1, 1939, she married Casey. They lived in San Diego and two sons were born. While Casey was in the Navy, they moved frequently, first to Honolulu then Astoria, Ore., and Napa, Calif. When Casey retired from the Navy, they settled in El Cajon, Calif., and in 1967, they moved to a home they built south of Carbondale above the Crystal River. In 1997, Carolyn moved into senior housing in Carbondale. Carolyn was a member of Eastern Star, OWLS, and United Methodist Women. She was a lifetime member of Unity and an active participant in the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church.Carolyn was loved by all; she was a woman of great strength and strong faith, and she shared her faith with all who knew her. She always had a positive attitude and inspired others. Carolyn knew the time to love another was when that person seemed most unloving. Nature was a source of joy and peace to her.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Phyllis Marshall, brother Paul Lewin, grandson Josh Casebeer, and nephew Paul (Bill) Lewin.Carolyn is survived by her sons Charles and Steve of Springfield, Ore.; granddaughter Janine of Springfield; two great-grandchildren, Kaycee Casebeer and Ethan Scott; two nieces, Sue Peters of El Cajon, Calif., and Lynn Pierskalla of Northglen; two nephews, Jim Lewin of Durango and Richard Marshall of Spring City, Pa.; and a host of friends.Memorial services were held Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church with the Rev. Frederick W. Amborn III officiating. A reception was held at Carbondale Senior Housing, 1240 Hendrick Drive, Commons #4. Donations may be made in Carolyn’s memory to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Carbondale United Methodist Church or Unity Church.
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