Carolyn Barron
1942 - 2021
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Carolyn Barron

Evansville, IN. - Carolyn C. Weller Nation Barron, 78, of Evansville, Ind., died on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, in the Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville after a long fight with breast cancer.

She was born to the late Ida H. and A. Wayne Weller on March 8, 1942 in Evansville. She graduated from Central High School in 1960, and received a bachelor's of arts degree from the University of Evansville in 1964.

She is survived by her husband Joseph H. Barron of Evansville, daughters Elizabeth A. Tandy of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Susannah J. Nation of Novato, Calif., grandson Jakob W. Tandy of Eugene, Ore., granddaughters Samantha C. Tandy of Navarre, Fla., and Fiona E. Hall of Novato, Calif., brother Anthony W. Weller of Newburgh, and sister (Sylvia) Ann Richardson of Newburgh, along with several nieces and nephews.

Carolyn and her first husband, William W. Nation, Jr., (deceased 1987) owned and ran the coffee house/dinner theater "Midway on the Oneway" in Newburgh in the 1960s.

A nature lover and avid bird watcher, Carolyn was a regular participant in the annual Indiana Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. A pair of binoculars were always within reach, whether driving on the Evansville backroads (safety be damned), or visiting her daughters in Florida and California. One day her daughter came home from grade school to find Carolyn had constructed, on her own, a ceiling-to-floor aviary in the family's den. She kept all manners of finches, canaries, painted quail, parakeets, and parrots. In fact, Carolyn donated Mesker Park Zoo's first painted quails, the descendants of which are still on exhibit.

Carolyn became a Master Gardener in the 1990s, and spent the last 30 years transforming her 5-acre property in St. Wendel, Ind., into a registered wildlife habitat and blissful outdoor retreat.

Carolyn worked for Vanderburgh County as a social worker for most of her career. Then in 1993, she enrolled at the University of Southern Indiana, where she obtained her teaching license. She began teaching freshman and sophomore English at the Henry Reis Education Center alternative high school in Evansville, where she worked until she retired in 20 … ?

Carolyn was an animal lover to her core, and adopted innumerable cats, dogs, birds, horses, chickens, ducks, and geese in her lifetime. She leaves behind her current flock, dog Max, and cats Rasputin, Miss Priss, and Tinkerbell.

A memorial service will be scheduled in Evansville at a later date, when it is safe to travel. In lieu of flowers, the family humbly requests donations be made to the Vanderburgh Humane Society in Carolyn's name (

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Published in Courier Press from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2021.
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January 14, 2021
Dear Joe and Family, I wish to extend my sincere sympathy on the passing of Carolyn. Joe and Carolyn have been very special to my Dad for many years - and Dad still often shares memories about Joe and Carolyn (though I suspect Dad embellishes some of the bird stories!). Carolyn was an amazing lady, but that is something you all are already well aware of!
Eternal rest grant unto Carolyn, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Cathy (Weiss) Funkhouser
January 12, 2021
Our lives have crossed paths many times. To her Daughters- you may remeber me as the girl who lived at Nu Plaza on the big Cruiser Serenity!! Carrie worked with my Mom at the Welfare Dept. Mary Welch My DAD sold your parents a houses on the southeast side of Evansville.
I remeber your Dad's study as having Grape Vines around the entrance.
It was really neat!! I also remember you and Joe from the yacht club. And they have been to our old house at Washington and VAnn for my Dad to fix a lamp. I have been a member of the Master Garderners for a few years. So SORRY I did not run into your Mom. We also shared a love of the Audubon Society. Please contact me when you have her Memorial service.
Susan Hansen
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