Carline L. Caldwell was born June 14, 1928 to Jesse Delmar Foster and Zelma (Beck) Foster in Piney, Oklahoma. She departed this life March 13, 2017 at the age of 88 years, 8 months and 29 days.
They were living in the Piney Community when her father died suddenly when she was only 14 years old.
She went to Stilwell High School where she graduated in 1945. In 1946 she met the love of her life, Cecil Caldwell. He had just returned from the service in WWII in the Philippines. From the moment he met Carline, he wanted her to marry him. They married May 26, 1946 in Columbus, KS. In their 62 years of marriage, except for the birth of two children, they never spent a night apart. To this union, daughter, Celia Kay and son, Eddie were born. Her passion was her family.
Carline had many tragedies in her lifetime. The loss of her father, the loss of her son, when he was 11 years old, from a horse riding accident and the loss of her son-in-law, when he was 34. In spite of her losses, she was a happy, fun-loving, positive person. She was quick to laugh or even mischievousness.
She had a caring and generous heart and was never one to worry. When she developed a quick debilitating macular degeneration in her 70's, that left her legally blind, she would always say she was thankful for what sight she still had. You never once heard her complain about her sight.
She loved poetry. She loved being outside, walking, working or just enjoying nature. She and Cecil operated the Stilwell Grill in Stilwell in 1965 until her son died.
Carline was President of the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary. During that year, the auxiliary obtained enough funds to build a surgery waiting room. She loved pottery and attended a pottery class at Northeastern State College for a semester.
She was a "contained free spirit". She invented and held the patent for a unique tongue brush. She was a dedicated member of the First Christian Church, where she taught Sunday School in her early years, helped with Vacation Bible School and sang in the choir.
Most of all, she loved her family and would make any sacrifice for them. She loved her dog, Little Joe. He kept her busy. They were each other's shadows, where she was, Joe would be right behind her.
Preceding her in death were, her parents, Jesse and Zelma Foster, her husband, Cecil Caldwell, one son, Eddie Caldwell, son-in-law, Dr. Mike Logan and one sister, Betty Bailey.
Her surviving family includes, her daughter, Celia K. Logan of Sallisaw, OK; brother, J.D. Foster and wife, Jean of Muskogee, OK; sisters, Polly Pierson of Albuquerque, NM and Sue Race of Norman, OK. Several nieces, nephews and many friends and loved ones also survive her.
Memorial services were held 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017 at Hart Memorial Chapel with Vance Eubanks and Eldon Wilson officiating. Inurnment followed at Stilwell City Cemetery under the direction of Hart Funeral Home of Stilwell.