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Carolyn (Deora) Cantrell, age 65, daughter of Nick Deora and Betty (Harper) Nielsen was born April 25, 1947 in Chicago, IL. She passed away December 18, 2012 at home, Houston, MO.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Aaron of Houston, three children: Tim of Edgar Springs, MO, Rebecca of Houston, MO, and De’Nice of Plato, MO; four sisters: Sharon of Rolla, MO, Zelpha of Hallsville, MO, Annette of Doolittle, MO, and Tessa of St. James, MO; nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Carolyn was born in Chicago, IL and later settled in Houston, MO and she graduated from Houston High School in 1965. After high school, she married her high school sweetheart Aaron Cantrell on March 19, 1966 at Oak Hill Church in Houston, MO, and to this union three children were born.

Carolyn was a member of Faith Fellowship, Houston, MO. She received Christ as her Savior in her early teens and remained faithful throughout her life. She was active in the Women’s Group at Faith Fellowship.

Carolyn was an Administrator of five different nursing homes. She just loved taking care of her residents. Later, she began working at The Division of Family and Senior Services. She worked there for 18 years. She was also a member of the Sheltered Workshop Board for 17 years and president for 10 of those 17 years.

Carolyn loved her family. She loved to watch her grandchildren play sports and would travel all over Missouri and other states to watch them play. She was their biggest fan. When she wasn’t at a sports event she would sit and make hats, scarves, and blankets for many.

Carolyn was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend She was always looking for ways to help her family and friends. She felt that God had given her each day to enjoy and live for Him. She will be missed, but we know that she is celebrating and enjoying the beauty of Heaven.

Services were Sat. Dec. 22nd at 11:00 AM in the Evans Funeral Home. Amy Dickens and Beth Hicks officiated. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Snyder, Terry Miller, Kevin Silveus, Rodney Douglas, Dennis Bartlett, Wendall Calhoun. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Texas County Hospice of Care or Houston Alumni Association.

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