Carolyn Cartwright, 1924 ~ 2012

Just after midnight on Feb. 20, 2012, Carolyn Cartwright died in Moab, Utah, surrounded by her children. She was as gracious and courageous in death as she had been in her long life – her death was one more lesson from Carolyn in how to live a life.

Carolyn Elizabeth Hobson was born in McCormick, S.C. on Nov. 17, 1924, and became a Cartwright when she married Thomas Campbell Cartwright on Aug. 10, 1946. They embarked on a life together that led to homes in College Station, Texas and Pack Creek, Utah, and to travels around the world.

Carolyn’s life centered on her family – Tom, and their children, Tommy (Mary), Susan Prescott (Steve), Clarke Abbey (Tom Rees), and Pat (Deborah), and 11 grandchildren and eight (so far) great-grandchildren. There also was a line of dogs and grand-dogs that she loved and Pixie was on her mind at the end. Carolyn was devoted to her three brothers, her sister, and many nieces and nephews. She is survived by her brother, Dick (Hilda) and her sister, Louise.

In her hands this family was a symphony that she conducted with humor, enthusiasm and encouragement. She found, and then amplified, the best in every person she met, and friends quickly were adopted into the family orchestra. She read widely and deeply, admired fine music, and was quick to grab her binoculars to watch a bird. She found joy in the achievements of her family, the clouds over Mount Tukuhnikivats, the blooming of the desert, and sunsets over the Moab wall.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate her life this spring.

Carolyn and her family thank the nurses, physicians, and myriad health care workers who treated her with skill and compassion. She was amused that she was destined to end her life in the new Moab Regional Hospital, the construction of which she and Tom had supported. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, that her friends make a gift to Moab Regional to the USU nursing education programs. And that they do something kind for another person today.

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