Ann Carolyn Standerwick

STANDERWICK, Ann Carolyn March 15, 1930 ~ September 28, 2016 Bellevue, NE Born March 15, 1930, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Ann “Carolyn” (King) Standerwick was the cherished only child of Methodist missionary parents, Rev. Hiram K. and Blanche (Holland) King. She spent her 2nd year of life in China, which likely instilled in her a lifelong love both of world travel and the Orient. Carolyn spent her early school years in North Carolina, and then attended Wesleyan College (Macon, GA) graduating in 1952 with a degree in English. Her interests and activities in college included equestrian club, International Relations, and Glee Club. Her first job after college, drawing maps for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, was short-lived due to a long dreamt of trip to Europe with her best friend. The following year, she married Robert L. Standerwick, a young man from Kansas she met at a Methodist youth conference in Cleveland, with whom she had corresponded throughout college and became engaged to prior to leaving for Europe. Carolyn became a full-time military wife with all the associated duties, and soon after a full-time mother. They set up their first home in Waco, Texas, followed by New Mexico where daughters Karen and Lynn were born, New Hampshire adding daughter Sherrill, and then Alabama where son, Robert Jr, was born. The entire family moved to Nebraska in 1968, where Bob was stationed at Offutt AF base before volunteering for a combat assignment which took him to Ubon, Thailand. Three months later, in February of 1971, he was declared missing-in-action after a shoot down of his jet over Laos. With Bob’s status still unknown at the conflict’s conclusion in 1973, Carolyn joined with wives and families of other servicemen missing in action during the Vietnam war to advocate for government information regarding the fate of more than 2500 missing servicemen, many of whom were expected to be alive at the end of the war. This led to many trips including one to Laos. All the while Carolyn was an active participant in church, Bible study, choir and Offuttaires, coordinated pastoral care, volunteered with the Red Cross, swam every day in the summer and walked year round. Taking advantage of her English degree, she began teaching English as a Second Language, first at the adult education center and then at what is now Bellevue University. Eventually, with children grown and out of the house, she pursued her love of travel making many stateside as well as overseas trips, including 3 trips to China where she taught English for periods of up to a year. Her children and grandchildren benefited from her love of reading and especially from her faith. Her love of the outdoors and the arts inspired annual family trips to the beach, and visits to museums. She was a prolific corresponder, and her friends and family were uplifted by the many thoughtful cards and notes she wrote. All who knew Carolyn may take comfort in the certain knowledge that she left her corner of the world a better place than she found it. Her life was one of giving, courage, and faith. Ann Carolyn is preceded in death by nephew Jeffrey Ewing. Her husband Robert L. Standerwick (Col. USAF) is still missing in action in Laos. She is survived by children Karen Standerwick, Lynn Lidie (Michael), Sherrill Long (Brian), Robert Standerwick; grandchildren Connor Long, Karlyn Long, Chase Standerwick, Kalin Standerwick; sister-in-law Suzette McPhail. VISITATION: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., October 22, 2016 at St. James United Methodist Church. MEMORIAL SERVICE: 10:30 a.m. Saturday October 22, 2016 at St. James United Methodist Church 1501 Franklin Street, Bellevue. In lieu of flowers memorials to National Alliance of Families (POW/MIA), 1302 24th Street West #315, Billings, Montana 59102 http://www.nationalalliance.org or Global Down Syndrome Foundation, 3300 East 1st Avenue, Ste. 390, Denver, Colorado 80206 http://www.globaldownsyndrome.org

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