Carolyn Joyce Oakley, 74, Casa Grande, Ariz., formerly of Farmer City, died Tuesday (Jan. 14, 2014) in Tempe, Ariz.

She was born Oct. 7, 1939, in Clinton, daughter of Wallace E. and Dorothy V. Baker. They preceded her in death.

Happily celebrating her 56th year of marriage this past year, Carolyn was married to Richard Allen Oakley on Oct. 12, 1957, in Farmer City, where they raised their five children.

She is survived by her husband; children, Marty (Tammi) Oakley, Cindy (Jim) Hanafin, Misty Oakley, Rusty Oakley and Shelley (Brent) Chandler; siblings, Judith (Lawrence) Hedrick, Ben (Theresa) Baker and Richard Baker; grandchildren, Jillian Hurt, Seth Oakley, Jaimee (Mark) Weidert, Jayce Hanafin, Andrew Thompson, Ethan Thompson, Grant Thompson, Hannah Chandler and Alyssa Chandler; and great-grandchildren, Nico Scott, Makinlee Hurt, Oliver Weidert and Lucca Weidert.

Carolyn greatly enjoyed her job as a computer operations supervisor for Growmark Inc. in Bloomington, retiring in 1995, after 25 years of service. After traveling the country in their RV, Carolyn and Richard settled in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Carolyn enjoyed sewing, baking and trying new restaurants. Carolyn’s passion was spoiling her nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There will be no service.

Having lost several family members to cancer, Carolyn was very supportive of the American Cancer Society, where memorial contributions can be sent in her honor.

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