Caroline Rebecca (Dietz) Irving, 86, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 27, at the Knoxville Hospital. Services were Monday, Dec. 31, at the Columbia United Methodist Church. Family received friends prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment was at the Columbia Cemetery. Memorials are requested to the Columbia United Methodist Church. Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas handled the arrangements.
She was born to Jake and Mary Dietz in Fort Collins, Colo., on Nov. 11, 1926. The family moved to Wheatland, Wy., in 1927. She graduated from Wheatland High School in 1945. She was raised on the family farm; being the oldest she took on lots of the responsibilities. These included milking cows, working beet fields, and putting up hay. Caroline married John Irving Sept. 17, 1946, in Wheatland. They made their home in Columbia and were blessed with a son, Cole in 1952.
Caroline cleaned homes, worked at the Columbia Store, and babysat for her two grandsons. She enjoyed gardening, church choir, trips to Wyoming, cooking, and crocheting. Her passion was mailing cards for special occasions to all her family and friends. She also gave to a variety of charities.
Preceding in her death were here parents; son, Cole Irving; and siblings:William Dietz and Melvin Dietz.
Caroline passed away Dec. 27, 2012. She is survived by her husband, John; grandsons: Chad (Michelle) Irving, Luke (Heather) Irving; daughter-in-law, Julie (Ron) Rees; great grandchildren: Carson, Natalie, and Carter; siblings: Arnie Dietz, Leonard Dietz, Mary Anne Kern, and Helen Steeley, and many other relatives and friends.