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Carolyn Rose Shields 86 years, longtime resident of Ankeny, Iowa peacefully passed from this life on 29 November 2013, with her sons at her side. Visitation will be at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue in Des Moines at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 with funeral services beginning at 12:00 pm. Interment will be at Highland Memory Gardens.
Carolyn was the youngest of three daughters of Amos (Loyd) and Iva(Lila) Adams and was born near Hopeville, Iowa on August 11th 1927. She spent her entire youth in the Murray area and married the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Shields, on June 29, 1946. They shared 66 wonderful years together, displaying uncommon love and affection for each other until Robert passed at age 86 in 2013. Carolyn was a devoted wife and an active and engaged mother of three and lived a full and wonderful life, always committed to her family. She was a woman whose life was built around support for others. She took pride in being a bookkeeper and was also a homemaker in the proudest sense of the word; providing a welcoming home for family, friends and neighbors. She had many roles in life, but her most important were those of a loving spouse, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She met the challenges of aging and loss in later life with courage and a tough attitude. During their long retirement Carolyn and Bob enjoyed traveling and especially to Toy Tractor Shows where they made many close friends. She also enjoyed animals; domestic and wild and loved traveling to national parks to watch the great western herds of deer, antelope and buffalo. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. One of her greatest joys was the gathering of her family for holiday meals which she planned to perfection many weeks in advance.
Those left to honor and cherish her memory include their children; Gary Robert and wife Mary (Indianola, IA); John Steven and wife Lynda (Earlham, IA); and Rebecca Ann and husband Brad Heckman (Kansas City, MO). Also surviving are her grandchildren, Michael (Kristin) and Erin (Nestor) Tarango (Gary);Jeff and Kimi (Chad) Mease (John); Daniel and Shelby (Rebecca); two great-granddaughters, Addison (Kimi) and Hannah Rose (Erin); her sisters Darleen Brooks and Evie Booth, and sister-in-lawMarge and husband Dick Moberly. She is fondly remembered by her many friends in the community and across the Midwest. The family wishes to profoundly thank the wonderful staff at Vintage Hills Retirement Community and staff from St. Jude's Hospice for the compassionate and loving care and support they provided Carolyn and her family. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Carolyn's obituary at www.Hamiltonsfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Hospice of Des Moines.
Hamilton's Funeral Home
121 NW 60th Avenue Des Moines, IA 50313
Published in Des Moines Register from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2013