Carolyn Hope Wilmoth Kincaid was called home by her Savior on November 17, 2022.
Carolyn was born in Etowah, Arkansas on February 1, 1943, to Robert Henry "Bob" Wilmoth and Myrtle Narcissus (Harrison) Wilmoth, as the youngest of their 10 children. Carolyn dearly loved and admired her "beautiful, talented, and accomplished" brothers and sisters. She looked up to all of them her entire life.
She was a beloved and favorite Aunt by many of her nieces and nephews, often being a confidant and friend as well as taking them in to live with her over the years. Her daughter is named after her nieces, Cathy and Linda.
Carolyn had a zest for life and lived it to the fullest in her way, on her terms. She lived her life with "no regrets" and often described herself as an "old hippie". She was a Christian and considered herself the "one lost sheep" that Jesus came to find each time she wandered away. She encouraged many people in their faith walk with her personal testimony of redemption having a special connection with single mothers.
Carolyn was a pioneer in special education and taught high school in Title 1 schools in the classroom for over 50 years until her retirement at 72 with "chalkdust still under her fingernails". She loved her "little chickadees" and their families, and often said that "God has given the world these kids to teach us how to be better humans". She taught all levels of special education and was a gifted teacher and fierce advocate, often being able to achieve surprising results from her students. She was recognized for her creativity in the classroom with multiple grants and an award for International Innovations in Special Education. She wanted every student to be able to attain their highest level of independence and success. Carolyn taught students in Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Nevada before retiring to Arizona where she continued to encourage and advise parents with special needs children.
She is survived by her daughter Linda Katherine "Katie" (Wilmoth) Sutton, her son-in-law, Darren Sutton, and her three grandchildren, Isaac Sutton, Timothy Sutton, and Max Sutton, as well as her sister, Sally (Wilmoth) McMechen.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Bob Wilmoth, Jane (Wilmoth) Anderson, Sue Wilmoth, Catherine "Dink" (Wilmoth) Kroepfl, Andy "Gump" Wilmoth, Jean (Wilmoth) Martin, Bettye "Mac" (Wilmoth) Webb, and Billie Ann Wilmoth as well as her niece, Cathy Duke, and nephew, Eddie Webb.
Going Home Celebration to be held on Sunday, November 27th, 2022, at 3:00pm at Etowah Baptist Church, Etowah, Arkansas.
Memorial donations in honor of Carolyn’s passionate dedication to special education can be made directly to classroom teachers doing similar work by visiting www.CarolynWilmothKincaid.com