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March 16, 1944 ~ November 18, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Carolyn J. Thom was born in Farmer City on March 16, 1944.
Carolyn is survived by her daughter Ann, grandson James, her son Ron (Mary) and her brother Delmar (Dian) Thom. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jim Wright and her brother Dale Thom. Carolyn is survived by many nieces and nephews, and many loving friends. Carolyn passed away November 18, 2023. Carolyn married the love-of her life Jim in 1963 and the two settled in Champaign to raise their family.
In addition to their two children, both Jim and Carolyn loved dogs and their home was never without a pup or two; most were good dogs, but some were rascals. All were loved unconditionally. Similarly, Jim and Carolyn were committed to their children Ann and Ron. While Carolyn enjoyed a long career at the U of I Physics Business Office, Jim worked nights at the U of I while they created a loving home for Ann, Ron, and the dogs. Jim passed away in 1998 but the stories and memories of their 35-year love affair never faded. Carolyn was ahead of her time as an early technology adapter. The purchase of her first Mac in the early 1990s was just a first in a long line of pads, pods, and smart phones. She embraced the computer age with vigor!
Carolyn was also a lifelong Cubs fan and attended her first Cubs game at Wrigley Field in 2015, in a slugfest against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs hit 5 home runs that game, to the delight of us all, however, it resulted in Carolyn’s expectation that home runs are easy and plentiful. “The Cubs should just hit a home run…” she was often heard saying. If only. Carolyn’s remains will be interred at Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date, reuniting with her husband Jim.
Given her passion for all animals, especially dogs and cats, online contributions in her memory are welcomed at the Champaign County Humane Society,