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Carolyn L England

November 1, 1934 ~ March 16, 2018 (age 83)
Carolyn Louise (Springer) England, our mother, sister, G-ma, and friend, passed away in sleep at on March 16, 2018 after a brief illness. She was 83 years young. During her last weeks, she gave the gift of saying goodbye to all of her family and close friends.
Born in Palmerton, PA in November 1934 to Virginia and Richard Springer, Carolyn was the eldest of two girls who resided most of their young lives in Indianapolis, IN. She earned an Associate Degree from William Woods College in Fulton, MO. Just 21 years old, Carolyn met engineer Gene England at church, and they married June 3, 1956 in Indianapolis. They lived in St. Louis, MO and Huntsville, AL before returning to Creve Coeur, MO outside of St. Louis to raise their family.
Carolyn was the quintessential homemaker and regarded for her organizational talents and tidy habits. She and Gene participated in The Alpha Players community theater troupe in St. Louis for 20 years. Carolyn loved travel, whether in a camper or on a river boat in the U.S., or touring Europe conducting genealogy research. She was an accomplished seamstress, a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, frequent activity chaperone and carpool driver for her children. She and Gene owned a hobby and toy store for a few years, and after selling it, Carolyn enjoyed a part-time position at the local Hallmark shop.
Carolyn and Gene left St. Louis for Caldwell, ID in 1994. Energetic until her illness, Carolyn, or G-ma, frequently cared for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, enjoying a close relationship with them. She loved hosting family gatherings with rousing games of Uno. She was a Caldwell PEO chapter member and an avid Caldwell Fine Arts supporter.
She is survived by three children and their spouses - Beth Kopadt (Kurt) of Greenleaf ID, Bill England (Heather) of Shawnee KS, Cathy Springman (Kurt) of Bellevue WA; six grandchildren and spouses – Amanda Dixon (Byron), Traci Buchanan (Brendan), Cactus and Sami Springman, Haley and Jack England; two great grandchildren – Eden and Connor Dixon; her sister Judy Hale (Dave) of Wheaton IL; Judy’s two children and spouses; two great nephews and a niece; and sister-in-law Viola Richards of Lenexa KS.
A celebration of life will be held June 24, 2018 at 1:00pm at Caldwell Presbyterian Church, 603 Everett St. Remembrances to Caldwell Fine Arts or P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA  50312. Please sign Carolyn’s online guestbook at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com/tributes.
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