Carolyn was born to Dale Frances Long and Helen Davisson Long in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was the 5th child out of 11 to be born in this marriage. At the young age of 6, she was playing with matches and burned over 75% of her body. As a result, Dr. Joseph Riley Eastman was able to try experimental treatments that are used to this day, to help burn victims. She was the second person in the United States to receive this treatment. She was also the first person to receive penicillin in the state of Indiana. She did not let this slow her down, she went on to birth 5 children later in life when she was told she would not be able to have children due to the severity of her scars. She was well loved by those who knew her, and she never met a stranger. She loved to go fishing, but ironically she did not like the water. She enjoyed crocheting afghans for the family and making gifts ranging from booties to dolls. She enjoyed bingo, word searches, jigsaw puzzles and cooking. She enjoyed having friends and family over on the weekends for barbeques, drinks, music and dancing. She was the life of the party… She was a mom, grandma, sister, aunt but most of all she was just Carolyn, and she was loved.
Carolyn is preceded in death by her late husband, Stan Bailey, her parents, sisters – Betty Benson, Janet Kimberlin and Rose Bailey, and brother – Billy Long.
Carolyn is survived by her children, Candy (Dennis) Hawn of Denver, Co., Joe(Alana) Henderson of Cable, Oh., Judy Parks of Ringling, Mt., Donnie Henderson of Milan, Italy and Cheryl (Greg) Boudreaux of Amite, La. Sister – Nancy (Ted) Bergenroth and brothers – Bobby (Lois) Long, Jack Long and David Long. Along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A special thanks and much love to Cindy Crowe, niece and honorary daughter, for taking such great care for her in her final years.
Her final resting place will be at Riverview Memorial Park Cemetery in Ft. Pierce, Florida. She will share the same mausoleum as her parents.
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