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February 2, 2014

Carolyn Stamey Folmsbee

NORMAN — Carolyn Stamey Folmsbee, of Norman, passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 235 W. Duffy in Norman, with Father Dwight Helt officiating.

Carolyn was born in Bangor, Maine on April 1, 1934, to Genevieve (O'Donnell) and John Stamey. She grew up in Bangor and Plattsburgh, N.Y. and received her nursing/school nurse teaching degree from SUNY's Teachers College at Plattsburgh.

Carolyn married Dr. Glenn Arthur Folmsbee Dec. 19, 1955.

Carolyn and Glenn worked together as medical missionaries for over 25 years in India and Yajalon, Chiapas, Mexico. After retiring to Norman, Carolyn worked as a public health nurse for Oklahoma City-County Health Department and Blue Cross, and for the Pioneer Library System Service Center. She loved her horses, working with the ladies in the kitchen at St. John's, her many friends from the mission field, the Charro Club of Yajalon, the Sooner Saddle Club, volunteering at the Sam Noble Museum and the many gatherings of her “international” family around the kitchen table.

Carolyn is survived by her husband Glenn of the home; children Mark (Diana) of Ft. Bragg, N.C., Raj of Norman, Paul (Angie) of Falls Church, Va., Martha of Long Island, N.Y. and Sue (Brooks) Kirlin of Norman; grandchildren Kuma (Aubrey), Sai and Ryan, Chris (Nora) and Bradon, Chris (Janavi), Eric and Megan, Jorge, Joshua, Joel and Stephen, Jeni (Leroy), Christy (Richard) and Kayla; great-granddaughter Isis; and other family and friends.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents; stepmother May; brother Jack; infant sons Michael, David and John; and great-granddaughter Samantha.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the memorial fund at St. John's Episcopal Church, 235 W Duffy, Norman, OK 73069. The family of Carolyn Stamey Folmsbee wishes to thank the loving and compassionate staff of Lifecare.

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