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Walker's Funeral Home - Chapel Hill
120 W Franklin St
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Jennifer Rasmussen posted a condolence
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
I know Caroline as a mother, as a friend. I genuinely felt pulled in by her tenderness, warmth and the little frown she made when she judged I needed more rest or to eat. I wanted her to be proud of the way I cared for Oliver from the very beginning, so I mirrored the tenderness and halo of adoration she surrounded him with. She would catch Oliver’s eye, beam a huge smile while cooing “baby boy” and swoop low to whisper her love for him. Glimpses of his sunlight blonde head as they both were surrounded by her long dark hair. His squeals of delight each time, little hands reaching for her face. I see this so clearly. Perfect moments. Caroline would gasp, horrified, as I pushed a joke too far and scold me while giggling abashedly. I will always hear this laugh in my favorite memories. I feel colder, less protected, without her care in the world. It cannot be overstated how kind she was to me. I had such privilege just being present in the life she had as a mother but Caroline generously allowed our friendship as well. She gave me such trust. I was humbled and cherish it still.
Victoria lit a candle
Friday, October 7, 2022
Amanda Sladek uploaded photo(s)
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Caroline was truly one of the most thoughtful, compassionate people I knew. She wanted to make sure everyone around her was happy and taken care of. She loved to cook for her friends (and she was great at it). She was definitely the "mom" of our friend group in Kansas, the one who always made sure you had a jacket. She was the kind of friend you could run errands with or just hang out doing nothing with--the kind who was part of my day-to-day life. Years before she had Oliver, she wanted more than anything to be a mom. Whenever we would see a baby, she would make a sound that I can only describe as something like a squeal combined with a Chewbacca grunt. Her eyes would go wide. It was like she couldn't handle the cuteness. She would talk all the time about how much she wanted a baby, what she would name her baby, what her top 5 (or 10 or 20 names were) and how they compared to everyone else's favorite names. There was a lot of pressure when Oliver was born for his name to live up to the Baby Name Expert reputation she'd curated, and she didn't disappoint. With Oliver and Audrie, it was like she had found the life she'd always wanted. It was beautiful to see. She never 100% adapted to living in the Midwest. She was fascinated by our weird politeness customs and didn't love most of the food (after travelling with her to Charleston, I can't say I blame her). She missed her family like crazy. I once caught her trying to scrape the ice of the windshield of her old pickup with a credit card before I gave her one of my spare ice scrapers. She also kept an old parking ticket in that truck so she could park anywhere she wanted downtown--she would just stick the old ticket under her windshield wiper so she wouldn't get another. Worked every time. She was a brilliant scholar and excellent teacher. She genuinely cared about her students and did everything they could to help them succeed, and it bothered her when they struggled. One time a student gave a presentation on how we should all be eating bugs for sustainable protein and he brought roasted crickets for the class and she ate one because she didn't want to offend him. She was so smart, but grounded in a refreshing way. One of her favorite games was to make up the most ridiculous possible fields of study by putting together academic buzzwords (like "critical" or "ontology"). I was never very good at it. I could go on, but I'll end it here. I miss Caroline terribly, and I know it's nothing compared to what her family is feeling. Sending all the love and light.
Mary Klayder posted a condolence
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
I had the privilege of mentoring her teaching one year at KU. We had such joyous conversations about teaching, life, ideas. I have followed her since, watching her as a mother. She was a wonderful,person. I am so sad.
Audrie Porter uploaded photo(s)
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
I fell in love with Caroline in quiet moments like these. A natural nurturer, she radiated love and gave affection freely. She loved so many with her whole heart and soul.
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Monday, October 3, 2022
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Walker's Funeral Home of Chapel Hill
120 W. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Phone: (919) 942-3861
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204 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278
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