Carolyn was born in the farming community of Princeton. She was very involved in school activities and played in the school band. To make extra money in high school, she played tenor sax in Maury Johnson’s dance band out at “Bud’s Place” north of town on Saturday nights.
After graduation, Carolyn left Princeton for Chicago to study civil aeronautics and eventually moved to Evergreen, Ala. and Crestview, Fla. during World War II to work as a flight data recorder. While performing her work, she made time for flying lessons and soloed in 1947. In Crestview; she met Charles “Chuck” Clary; they married in 1946 and raised a family. They were married for 62 years.
Carolyn was deeply committed to her church (Shalimar Baptist Church) and was a founding member. She taught Sunday school and vacation bible school and was the spiritual foundation for the family.
Carolyn is survived by brothers Kenneth Lindgren (Esther), David Lindgren (Arlene) and sister-in-law Helen Lindgren; daughters Carole Ann Clary and Elizabeth “Libby” Price (Al); son, Charles W. Clary, III (Beth); grandchildren Brian Gant, Elliott Grant, Joanna L. Bonafanti (Mark) and Laura E. Bayr (Martin), and great granddaughter, Lucy E. Bonafanti.
Services were held at Shalimar Baptist Church on Thursday, May 4 Graveside services were at Beal Memorial Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted on line at www.mclaughlinmortuary.com