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Caroline Mock
Caroline Woodside Mock died peacefully in Oklahoma City during the early morning of Oct. 20, 2018. She was born June 15, 1922, in Spartanburg, S.C. Her parents were James Woodside Williams and Esther Lander Williams. She grew up in South Carolina with them and her brother, Jim Williams, deceased, and her sister Lila Williams Long.
Caroline graduated from Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C. At that time, young men from the Army/Air base located next to the campus would sit on a wall around the campus to look at the pretty girls. One handsome young soldier from Fort Smith asked to meet Caroline and the rest is history.
Caroline and Alfred B. Mock were married in 1943 and were blessed with over 70 years together. During their early marriage they lived in several states. They settled in Fort Smith, where Fred joined his father in his insurance agency. They built a home and lived there until Fred's death in 2014.
Caroline worked briefly after college in Washington, D.C., as a code breaker during World War II. After her marriage she did not work outside of the home, and enjoyed being a full-time wife and mother to their four children. She was an excellent bridge player and had wonderful long-term friends in their bridge club. In her 50s she starting building large, wooden doll houses. She loved decorating and these houses were beautifully decorated and furnished.
She and Fred loved to dance and listen to music. They also loved to travel and when Fred retired early they spent years traveling in their motor home. Nova Scotia was one favorite destination, but most of all they loved to go to the beach. They regularly stayed for a month at a time in the Pensacola, Fla., area and later Gulf Shores, Ala. The beach was definitely Caroline's favorite place on Earth.
Caroline is survived by her four children, Fred Mock (Jerri Ann) of Conway, Carol Anne Rakosky (Deacon Jerry) of Edmond, Okla., Harry Mock (Michele) of Fayetteville and Jim Mock (Barbara) of Edmond. She enjoyed her children very much and was so proud of her 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Lila Long of Greenville, S.C.; sister-in-law, Dot Williams of Lander, Wyo.; and 12 nieces and nephews.
After Fred's death, Caroline moved to Oklahoma City, where she lived happily at Brookdale Village for four and a half years. Thankfully she was able to read her favorite books, even in her last days.
Her Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Christ the King Church in Fort Smith. Crawford Funeral Home in Edmond is assisting with services.
Published in Times Record on Nov. 6, 2018
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