Carolyn (Jacobsen) Henry lived an adventurous life, loved, and was loved by many. She was born Feb. 13, 1941 in Ogden, Utah, and was the daughter of Enid and Hugo (Swede) Jacobsen of Carlin, Nev., where she grew up. She later moved to Portland, Ore. before residing in Castle Valley, Utah.
She was married to Robert Giffey for 24 years, raised three children, cared for 17 medically challenged foster children, and later, her oldest granddaughter.
While living in Portland she had a career and retired from the communication industry. She most recently worked at Red Cliffs Lodge and for people in Castle Valley.
In 1998, after moving to Castle Valley, she married Tom Henry.
She was a great friend, had good friends, and was adored by many. She enjoyed being with her family, grandchildren, friends, her husband Tom, and spending time outdoors, especially in her garden.
Other words used to describe her include: accepting, animals, Chile sauce, class reunions, crafts, compassionate, cool, courageous, Dairy Queen ice cream, family, gardening, giving, grandchildren, great friend, green thumb, hard worker, helpful, honest, loving wife, meek, mom, others focused, outdoors, sacrificial, saver, thoughtful, trustworthy, and understanding, to mention a few.
She is survived by her husband, Tom Henry, of Castle Valley; siblings, Colleen (Jack) Landers of South Ogden, Utah and Paul (Mercedes) Jacobsen of Kaysville, Utah. Son, Cory (Diane) Giffey. She is also survived by her step-children, Audrey Giffey, Mike (Pam) Giffey, Marie (David) McCollum, Brian (Melissa) Henry, and Joe Henry; 14 grandchildren; three great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
On March 29, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., she fought her last battle with cancer and peacefully died.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held later.