Carolyn Barbara (Aschom) Willett passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the age of 91 years to join the love of her life, Richard. She lost her husband on October 10, 2009, just 9 days short of 10 years ago.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Richard M. Willett, parents, Walter H. & Lola C. (Kempter) Aschom. She will be remembered lovingly by her surviving family, her sons, David Willett & his wife DeeAnn, Steven Willett, and Douglas Willett & his wife Cheryl; daughter, Kimberly Sullivan & her husband Jim; brother, Thomas Aschom & wife Polly; grandchildren, Lee Willberg & wife Lauren, Aaron Willett, Stephanie Willett, Jason Sullivan, Ashley Sullivan Grube & husband Heath, Brandon Snyder, Carolyn Willett, Noah Willett, Zachary Willett, and Austen Willett; great-grandchildren, Louis Willberg, Lena Willberg, Brailey Grube, Raegan Grube, Colton Grube and a host of many other family & friends.
Carolyn was born in LaCrosse, WI on September 12, 1928 to Walter and Lola (Kempter) Aschom and raised in Lansing, IA, a small town on the banks of the Mississippi river. She often shared memories of her days boating and watching the barges maneuver around the tight bend of the river. Carolyn was very involved in her community, church and school playing the french horn and piano. She also enjoyed playing sports, especially basketball where she played guard in 3 on 3 half-court basketball beginning her freshman year in high school. She graduated salutatorian of her high school class.
Carolyn later attended the Iowa Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) where she received her Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Certificate. Her teaching career began in Sac City, IA, continued with United Community School District, and finally Ames, IA Community Schools where she taught Consumer Economics, Typing and Shorthand. She later put her office skills to work as an administrative assistant until her final retirement.
Carolyn and Richard “Dick” enjoyed 55 years of marriage together. They loved spending time with their family sharing their passion for sailing and sailboat racing. Throughout the years, they traveled extensively and during retirement, drove their RV around the country visiting maritime museums, lighthouses, and best of all their children and grandchildren. Carolyn was an avid reader, genealogist, and loved playing cards with her friends and family. But her favorite pastime was watching the Astros play baseball. Her grandchildren affectionately called her “Grandma”. Carolyn will be fondly remembered for her wonderful memories and accomplishments and will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
A Memorial Service for Carolyn will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am followed by a service at 10:30 am at Dickinson First United Methodist Church. Rev. Jack Matkin and Rev. Jack D. Ewing Jr. will be officiating. Interment will follow at 2:00 pm at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Carolyn’s honor to: Music Ministry at Dickinson First United Methodist Church, 200 FM 517, Dickinson, TX 77539; 281-534-3511 or online, https://www.dickinsonfirst.org