Carroll Laverne Hill was born January 16, 1935 to Loyd and Mildred Geist in Alva, Oklahoma.
They lived on a farm west of Aline, OK and Carroll attended grade school there until about the 4th grade. They then moved to Cleo Springs, Oklahoma where she graduated in 1957.
During her sixth grade year she contracted Polio and spent several weeks in the hospital. She was able to recover from that with no issues. After graduation she met Paul who was working for the railroad in Cleo Springs.
One of the favorite stories of their time dating was the night Uncle Loyd and Uncle George had been to town. On their way home Carroll and Paul chased them home with a red rag over a flashlight making them think it was the cops. Uncle George was hiding in the floorboards scared to death.
While growing up she had many responsibilities on the farm, taking care of 13 milk cows, several hogs, cows and chickens, along with helping grandma at the house.
On January 5, 1958 Carroll and Paul married. Later that year they moved to Wellington, Kansas with Dad’s job.
In 1959 while still in Wellington they had their first child, Greg. In 1960 they transferred to Caldwell. Then in 1963 they brought home their second son, Travis. In 1969 a third son, Jason was born.
They would live in Caldwell until 1989 when Paul was transferred to St. Louis, MO. They stayed there until his retirement and then moved to Archer City, Texas in 2001. They stayed there the rest of their lives. They enjoyed watching the grandkids at all their activities and going to Rodeos with Travis and Joyce.
Going to breakfast every morning was a must so Carroll could catch up on the gossip of the day. Carroll always made sure the boys had most things they needed. She worked as a nurses aid and in the cleaning department at the Caldwell Hospital and nursing home to help out. She also filled in at the Corner Café for Vlasta Albert, her very best friend of over 50 years.
Carroll and Paul didn’t make it back to Caldwell much but when they did, they always spent time with Vlasta and visiting the few friends they had that were still around. They especially looked forward to going to Mayfield to get their supply of meat and seeing Jami and Steve.
Carroll loved sports. She never missed a ballgame, cross country, track meets or a Rodeo that the boys participated in.
One of the highlights of her life was meeting Garth Brooks. While in St. Louis she had a close friend who was Garth’s babysitter when he was young. When Garth came to St. Louise several of the ladies went to the concert and Garth invited them on to the bus before it started and signed a picture for everyone. She was very proud of that picture.
Carroll loved to cook and she made the best fried chicken and pumpkin pies. She also made awesome peanut brittle that never lasted long.
She cared about her family and friends and was always helping someone in need. She knew a year ago that her cancer had returned but declined treatment because she didn’t want to go through chemo again. She didn’t tell anyone but a couple close friends because she didn’t want anyone to worry about her.
She loved her grandkids and great grandkids and looked forward to seeing then when they visited.
Carroll died Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Wichita Falls, Texas. She was 84 years old.
Carroll was preceded in death by her parents, Loyd and Mildred Geist, husband Paul, and brother George Geist.
She is survived by her three sons; Greg of Caldwell, Travis and his wife Joyce of Archer City, Texas, Jason of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandchildren, Kasha Hill Moody and husband Josh of Weatherford, Texas, Latigo Hill and wife Taylor of Wichita Falls, Texas; great grandchildren; Shaelyn, Laiken, Lainey, Blakeley and Brooks Moody of Weatherford, Texas; brother Loyd Geist and wife Sharon of Wichita, Kansas.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10th, 2022 at the Corzine Cemetery, Corbin, KS.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research and sent in care of the mortuary.