Carolyn Ann Slaughter
Carolyn was born and raised on a farm in Churdan, Iowa to Clarence and Esther Smith. She loved to tell stories about her early days in her parent’s and grandparents’ old farmhouses. She was guarded against COVID but succumbed to multiple cancers in her body. She passed away surrounded by extended family from six different states. Her siblings were brother Gerry Smith (deceased) and sister Miriam Peters. Carolyn was musically talented, honored as a member of the Iowa All-State Orchestra and received a Bachelor of Music Education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. With these credentials, she taught piano and flute and provided accompaniments to many young musicians.
In Iowa, she married David Lohr and during their Air Force assignments around the world, bore four children, sons Phillips Lohr and Steven Lohr, and daughters Elizabeth Koolbeck and Stephanie Cooper. Later in life she became mom to stepdaughters, Becky Frey and Lee Jeannet when she married Jim Slaughter in 1996. Carolyn met Jim in 1992, while she was a widow of Tom Lilly (deceased 1990). Carolyn is survived by husband Jim Slaughter; sister Miriam (Smith) Peters; all of her children and their spouses: Elizabeth (Lohr) and Greg Koolbeck, Steven and Alicia Lohr, Stephanie (Lohr) and Alan Cooper, Phillips and Betsy Lohr, Becky (Slaughter) and Jason Frey, Lee (Slaughter) and Ryan Jeannet; and all 17 grandchildren: Daniel, Sarah, Benjamin, David, Peter, Matthew and Joy Koolbeck; Mary and Suzanna Lohr; Andrea, Cathy and Caroline Cooper; Elliot, Gracie, Vanden and Bryceon Lohr; and Charles Frey. Carolyn is preceded in death by brother Gerald Smith; nephew John Peters; and former husbands Tom Lilly and David Lohr.
She retired from the State of Oklahoma Employment Service in 2004, where her creativity, independent thinking and organizational skills gave her a long and successful career. After retirement, she spent many years visiting family, and enjoying her love of cruise vacations up to fourteen times with her beloved husband, Jim. She added to her circle of friends with civic organizations, working as an officer in a local book club. She also was incredibly supportive of her husband’s work with Masonic youth and appendant Masonic organizations. She also loved supervising her husband’s work in her flower gardens. She was described as a warm and “classy lady” by all who knew her. As her class Valedictorian she maintained many lifelong friendships to include her high school classmates of 1956.
After cremation at Matthews Funeral home, there will be an in-person memorial service at 10am Monday, March 8th at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel.
We will be live streaming this service in an effort to accommodate those people that wish to attend but feel they should not due to health regulations. To watch the service CLICK HERE to go to our YouTube page. Click on ‘Videos’, then ‘Live Streams’.