Mrs. Wilcoxen was born in Gary, Indiana on September 17, 1945, the daughter of the late De Morris Pratt and the late Esther Pratt and Layrd and Helen Smith, whom she considered her family.
After arriving in Parkersburg in 1960, she attended Parkersburg High School, graduating in 1963. She graduated from West Virginia University with a teaching degree in French. She taught school in Pittsburgh and then at Belpre High School. After teaching, she was elected to the Belpre Board of Education, where she served as President for two years. Later, she served as the secretary for the Good Samaritan Clinic and was the financial secretary for the First Presbyterian Church, Parkersburg where she had been a member for fifty years.
She is survived by her husband William T. “Tom” Wilcoxen of Belpre; sister, Anne Dale and her husband, David Winger, of Parkersburg; stepdaughter, Shelly Shaw of Oakland, Calif.; and two sisters-in-law, Sherry Rafferty and her husband, Chuck, and Phyllis Edgell and her husband, Allen, all of Belpre. She was a favorite aunt to Jay Winger and family, Tracy Winger Conaway and family, Jeff Rafferty and family and Carol Rafferty McNulty and family.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1341 Juliana Street, Parkersburg with Reverend Michael Seely and Reverend George Spransy officiating.
For those considering an expression of sympathy, memorials may be made, in Carolyn’s memory, to First Presbyterian Church or the Parkersburg Humane Society.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vaughan Funeral Home & Crematory, 1010 Murdoch Avenue, Parkersburg, W.Va.
A guestbook is available for sending condolences to the family at www.vaughanfh.com .
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