Carolyn Jeanette Thompson, age 70, of Fredericktown passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019 at her home surrounded by friends, family and her three fur babies. She was born on June 19, 1949 in Honaker, Virginia to the late Paul and Flossie (Honaker) Monk.
Her family moved to Mount Vernon in 1952, and she graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1967. Carolyn worked at the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, proudly serving under Paul K. Rowe – “He believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself”. She also worked at Dana and TRW before retiring from G.R. Smith Hardware.
Carolyn was a member of the Berlin United Methodist Church, and a past member of the Fredericktown Tomato Show Fair Board, serving as President for 3 years. Carolyn, A.K.A. “The Christmas Tree Lady”, started ‘Christmas at Heart’ in 2007, spending the latter 12 years of her life placing a Christmas tree or wreath in the room of every resident of every nursing home and assisted living facility in Knox County, sometimes placing as many as 700.
She was recognized with an American Red Cross/Brenneman Lumber Hometown Hero Award in 2014. Carolyn enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, the Buckeyes, garage sales and flea markets, dining out or going for an ice cream cone, and traveling to Amish country. She was an avid gardener and canner, and loved spending time in her back yard oasis, built by Kevin. She ‘never knew a stranger’, and enjoyed spending time with friends, as well as her canine companions, Tony, Junior and Sasha.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Linda Gale Ewing; her maternal uncles, James, John, Claude, Jake, and Charlie Honaker; her aunts, Maggie Hamilton, Stella Jones and Mary Ellen Hall. She is survived by her life partner, Kevin Ackerman; an uncle, George (Nola) Honaker; numerous cousins including Duck (Phylis) Monk, Sally (Mike) Combs, Jerry (Dena) Caldwell, John Earl Honaker, and Katie Rock; her “soul sister” Maxine Squires; good friends, Chris Weil, Roz Cullison, and Deb Harrison; and her beloved pets.
Thanks to Knox Community Hospital Palliative Care and Kindred Hospice. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 5, 2019, beginning at 11AM in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Pastor Joe Beran officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to: Berlin United Methodist Church, C/O Pastor Joe Beran, 11637 Yankee St. Fredericktown, Ohio 43019.
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