Carol “Katie” Myers, 80 of New Richmond completed her assignment on this earth Saturday morning. She enjoyed early mornings so it was fitting she began her new life in Heaven at 4:06 a.m.
Ms. Myers was born on Jan. 30, 1939 to Lois and Harley Mills of Olivet, Ill. Growing up in Olivet, Ms. Myers loved to be outside with the flowers and playing with her kittens. Most of all she loved teasing her siblings. She attended Georgetown High School and was involved with numerous activities and clubs. She was the Homecoming Queen of 1957.
She married her former husband, Don Myers, on June 21, 1958. They farmed for most of their adventures together around Catlin, Ill. And moved to New Richmond in March of 1969. She worked several places include GE, Real Estate, and most recent at USPS.
Ms. Myer’s first commitment was to be a caring a loving mom to her four children—an assignment well done! She sacrificed daily and worked tirelessly to provide for her children. In a time of limited resources and a lack of modern conveniences, she made each meal feel like a feast. She loved her children being around the table. She imparted a caring spirit, her devoted faith and quirky sense of humor. She loved to laugh. Her home was often filled with her children’s friends and they also felt something special.
Later, Ms. Myers assumed another special purpose to make each of her 12 grandchildren feel like they were her favorite—a debate that will continue for some time. She shared her sense of humor with each one. Grandma Katie shared with them the importance of the four major food groups – coffee, pizza, ice cream and popcorn. Every day should begin with coffee along with any conversation during the day, pizza was perfect for celebrations, never ever pass up ice cream, and there was no better snack than popcorn. They went to her for wisdom and to solve daily problems. She always had time to listen. Most of her Grandchildren introduced their future spouses to Grandma Katie first to make sure they passed her ‘test’ before introducing them to the rest of the family.
Her last responsibility on earth, which she gladly accepted, was to be a Great Grandmother – but she was still known as Grandma Katie. She made each of her 18 Great Grandchildren feel like they were the only one with lots of hugs and kisses and a playful spirit. For them, she added marshmallows and candy to the major food groups. Her health limited some of her activities later in life, but not her caring spirit and sense of humor. She made their time together fun.
Survivors include her siblings Ernie Mills, Norma Walker, and Donna Taylor; children Greg (Michelle) Myers of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Kristi Myers-Sutter (Mark Verbeke) of Atlanta, Ga., Kimberly Crum of Greenville, S.C., and Gene (Montery) Myers of New Richmond.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a grandson.
Family and friends may pay their respects with a celebration of life from 5-7 p.m. at Friends and Family Funeral Home in Wingate on April 19. Funeral services will take place on April 20 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Allen Sparks officiating. Graveside services will follow in Georgetown Cemetery at noon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Through the Gate in Linden at www.throughthegate.org
Online condolences may be made at www.familyandfriendsfh.com