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Carolyn M. Kraay, 80, Jasper, formerly of Logansport, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at her residence.
Born April 27, 1937, in Peru, she was the daughter of the late Earl Lehman and Dorothy Helena (Schwalm) Wolford. On April 3, 1954, in Paris Island, South Carolina, she married James Stanley Kraay, who preceded her in death Dec. 11, 2005.
Carolyn retired from Chrysler in Kokomo, where everyone knew her as "grandma." She was an active member at Pisgah Church in Logansport where she taught Sunday School for several years. After the death of her husband she moved to Jasper to be near her daughter.
Carolyn enjoyed playing the piano, going to BINGO, playing cards, doing word search books, puzzles, watching classic movies and listening to the Gaithers. Over the years she was active in the Rainbow Girls, assistant director of the Indiana State Choir, a 4-H leader and a member of several community organizations. She also had the privilege of playing the piano on stage in Branson, Missouri, which she talked about so much.
Carolyn made known before her death that "when the day comes for Jesus to take me home, I want mentioned how much I love my family and two people who I've always thought of as my children, Paul Lewellen and Tracy Miller." Tracy was a caregiver to Carolyn over the years of her illness, along with her daughter Nan.
Surviving are four sons, Phil (Liz) Kraay, Wausau, Wisconsin; Brian (Deborah) Kraay, Logansport; Ken (Amy) Kraay, Logansport; Darrin Kraay, Royal Center; daughter, Nanette (Albert) Kraay, Jasper; sisters, Joyce Ann Pullen, Walton; Mary Lou Cain, Logansport; brother, Doyne Earl (Barb) Wolford, Logansport; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Bradley Kraay; a grandson, Andrew Kraay; and a daughter-in-law, Missy Kraay.
A celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 17, in the Gundrum Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Pisgah Cemetery, Logansport.
Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday, July 16, also in the funeral home.
You may sign Carolyn's guestbook online at www.gundrumcares.com
Published on July 14, 2017
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