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Obituary for Carolyn Faye Anstine

Carolyn Faye Anstine, born Carolyn Faye Meisenheimer, was the daughter of Edward and Mildred Meisenheimer. Carolyn departed this earthly life Sunday, December 11th, 2022, at the age of 76.

She is preceded in death by her father and mother Edward and Mildred Meisenheimer, infant brother Harold Roy, brother Thomas Smith, infant sister Mildred Eileen, sisters Barbara Hicks, Betty McLean, and Patsy Medlin, her husband Lee Anstine, and her great granddaughter Amy Michelle Cannon.

She is survived by her two children, Randy Hicks of Albany, OR (wife Belinda Hicks, son Ryan Hicks, daughters Kaelin Jobe, December Houck, Latisha Hicks, and Sonia Houck, and eight great grandchildren) and Melanie Tuttle Domagala of Hernando, MS (husband Rye Domagala, daughter Tracy-Faith Carter, sons Lane Tuttle and Jack Tuttle), as well as her two sisters, June Waters and Peggy Johnson of Oregon, and her brother John Meisenheimer of California.

Carolyn was born in Alton, IL, on October 23rd, 1946. She grew up in a large family and attended Alton Memorial High School. Carolyn was married to Roger Hicks in 1962. They moved to Texas where her son was born. In 1964, Carolyn moved her family to Oregon where she would plant roots and expand her family with the birth of her daughter. She worked primarily in the agriculture and forestry industry. After a life changing injury, Carolyn went back to school to become a Developmental Disability Specialist for Lane Community College (1985 – 2006). She worked in specialized employment service for 21 years, teaching vocational skills. She graduated from her degree program in 1989 from Lane Community College. Carolyn was remarried to Lee Anstine in 2000. They were happily married for six years until Lee’s passing.

Upon her retirement from the college and the loss of her husband, Carolyn moved to Olive Branch, Mississippi, to be close to her two children who had moved for work. She started working for DeSoto County Schools as a “lunch lady” in 2007 - 2012. Carolyn eventually retired completely to spend time on her beloved hobbies and babysit her young grandson, Jack. She loved to create things with her hands. Carolyn was an accomplished seamstress and made everything from wedding dresses to purses. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and children. She loved the beauty of the outdoors and had a fascination with birds. Carolyn always found the beauty of any situation and touched the lives of many. She will be dearly missed by those who knew her.

A memorial service will be held at Hernando Funeral Home in Hernando, Mississippi, on Friday, December 16th, 2022 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to SPCA, in Carolyn Anstine’s name.

The family of Carolyn wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the incredible ICU/ICU Step down nurses at Baptist DeSoto Hospital. A special thank you to Dr. Green (Internal Medicine/Hospitalist), who always gave great consideration and outstanding care to our family.