Caroline Randolph Stalnaker, 76, a resident of Shenandoah County since 1979, passed away on Monday January 27th at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock, Virginia after a brief illness. Her daughters, Sara and Martha, were at her side recounting family anecdotes, which she enjoyed.
Caroline was born in Salem, West Virginia to the late Francis and Mabel Randolph.
She graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Home Economics and later earned a Master's degree in English Literature at Stanislaus State University in Turlock, California. Over the years, her work was as varied as her many interests. She taught high school, was a floral designer, a Church World Service field director, a lobbyist, a chef, and a sheep farmer. Her most recent adventure was hosting guests at Mt Pleasant 1812, a Bed & Breakfast in Strasburg, Virginia.
Caroline lived life on her own high-minded terms purposeful, principled, tough and generous. In every relationship, she chose kindness and harmony; in every natural setting, beauty. Her gift for friendship was enormous and was as carefully tended as her beloved garden. She was greatly loved, and she will not soon be forgotten.
She is survived by her daughters, Sara and Martha; son-in-law, Tom; her godchildren, Carrie and Brad; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; her sister, Jean and brother, Theodore and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions to the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley, P.O. Box 1574, Stephens City, VA 22655 or Potomac Conservancy, 8601 Georgia Avenue, Suite 612, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Her daughters are planning a celebration of Caroline Stalnaker's life in late June when the gardens she created will be in full bloom.
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