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3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
Fax: (417)-781-3916
Carolyn Otwell

Carolyn Jane Otwell

Friday, January 28th, 1938 - Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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Carolyn Jane Otwell (Jones), 82, formerly of Wake Village, Texas passed away October 29, 2020 in Carthage, Missouri. She was born on January 28, 1938 in Bragg City, Missouri. Carolyn was a graduate of Gray Ridge High School (1956) and Ouachita Baptist University (1960). She taught Home Economics at Richland High School in Southeast Missouri and at Texas High School in Texarkana, TX. She was a member of Wake Village Baptist Church before her move to Missouri. Upon her move to Missouri, she was lovingly cared for by the memory care nursing staff at St. Luke’s Nursing Center, Carthage,MO.

Carolyn married the Rev. George D. Otwell on June 19, 1960. He preceded her in death on May 13, 2016. She was also predeceased by her parents, Ardeth and Essie Jones; and a sister, Mary Frances Thompson.

Carolyn will be remembered by many as a dedicated women’s ministry leader, Sunday School teacher, and choir singer. Many will recall her teaching life skills, such as cooking, sewing and money management. Most of all, she will be remembered by her 6 children and their spouses, 20 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren for leaving a strong legacy of faith and family. Surviving are her six children: Donise (Steve) Doran of Webb City, Missouri; Donna (Terry) Carson of Dekalb, Texas; Don (Joy) Otwell of Canton, Georgia; Glyn (Kristi) Otwell of Redwater, Texas; Lynda (Justin) Gilbert of Signal Mountain, Tennessee; and Carey (Molly) Otwell of Signal Mountain, Tennessee.

Carolyn also leaves behind her treasured sister, Ina Mae (Ron) Winstead of Jackson, Missouri, and three brothers: Ardeth (Juanita) Jones, Jimmie Jones, and Reuben (Sandy) Jones all of Puxico, Missouri; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside memorial service will be held at Chapelwood Cemetery in Nash, Texas, on June 19, 2021, where everyone is invited to celebrate Carolyn’s life. Memorial contributions may be sent to Ouachita Baptist University Office of Development scholarship fund, OBU Box 3754, Arakadelphia, Arkansas, 71998 or online at obu.edu/give. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at www.masonwoodard.com.
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 19th, 2021 |
    When
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    Location
    Chapelwood Cemetery
    Address
    826 N Kings Hwy
    Nash, Texas 75569
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    Saturday, June 19th, 2021 |
    When
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    Location
    Chapelwood Cemetery
    Address
    826 N Kings Hwy
    Nash, Texas 75569
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Dean Ransdell

Posted at 09:27am
Carolyn was a wonderful friend and co-worker in the Home Economics Department at Texas High. She could always be counted on.
Sincerely,
Dean Ransdell
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Jan Pettersen

Posted at 11:36am
Our sincere sympathy for Carolyn's family. I taught with Carolyn at Texas High during the nineties. Many of the staff enjoyed the meals her classes prepared. She was a kind and loving teacher and friend.

Jan & Rich Pettersen
Carmel, IN
HS

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Posted at 10:01am
We send our love and prayers during this difficult time. Our hearts are saddened by your great loss. Love you all! Dale & Sarah Seekford
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Robin

Posted at 12:32am
My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Very sorry for your loss!
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JC

Posted at 05:19pm
At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one.  Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you hope and strength to keep going until all of God's promises are fulfilled. (John 5:28, 29; Romans 15:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17).
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