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BARTH, CAROLYN RUDY "MISS CAROLYN" Born Carolyn Ann Rudy on August 4, 1917, "Miss Carolyn" passed away on May 29, 2014, at the age of 96.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lewis Deibel Miller in 1949, her second husband, Frank L. (Tubby) Barth in 2000, her son, Rudy Deibel Miller in 2011, and two brothers, Millard C. Rudy and Hubbard E. Rudy.

She is survived by her son, BJ Miller and his wife, Kay Kugler, her daughter-in-law, Becky Miller, her grandchildren, Jim Miller, Sarah Miller, Molly Miller, Bart Miller, Anna Carolyn Miller Orias, and Mick Miller, and nine great-grandchildren, Miranda Miller, Sam Miller, Elizabeth Miller Schai, Evangeline Miller Schai, Maddox Rudy Miller, Aidan Miller Orias, Carolyn McCall Miller, Nico Miller Orias, and Elizabeth Hayden Miller.

She was a lifelong and seventh-generation resident of the St. Matthews-Lyndon area, some of whose streets were named for her ancestors. She is best remembered for her pre-school, the "Little Red Schoolhouse," that began the education of hundreds of children. She was a teenager during the Great Depression, a nurse in a St. Matthews doctor's office as a young woman, and mother and businesswoman for many years after that. She attended the University of Louisville later in life, taking courses in child development.

She was a strong, independent woman whose competence, care for others, and take-charge approach to problems and life in general left her a legacy of countless friends and family grateful for her support in times of large and small need. She was on the go for her entire life, living alone and driving until late last year.

She valued her memberships in the Fincastle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Woman's Club of Lyndon, the Beargrass-St. Matthews Historical Society, and the Lyndon Homemakers. She, like her ancestors, was a lifelong member of Beargrass Christian Church, where her spiritual and social connections constituted the bedrock of her life.

She graduated from Anchorage High School and maintained close friendships with a tight circle of other Lyndon graduates, whose parties, enlivened by Tubby's Irish tenor and Tiny Thomale's piano, slowed down only as these high school friends began to depart.

Most who knew her, intimately or not, will not forget her.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road, with burial immediately following at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be Sunday, 4-7 p.m. at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, in St. Matthews.

Memorial gifts may be made to Beargrass Christian Church or Beargrass-St. Matthews Historical Society.



Published in The Courier-Journal from May 31 to June 2, 2014
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