|Caroline even flew in a Powder Puff Derby, a race of 152 pilots spanning three days, from Calgary to Baton Rogue.
Along with Raymond, she began traveling even farther. That started after she began to have some lingering medical issues and the doctors said, “I can either put you in a hospital or you can take a vacation.” So, a new tradition: the couple would take Februarys off and travel. They made multiple trips to Mexico and even across South America, as well as island-hopping from Trinidad to Florida.
But those idyllic times together came to an abrupt end in 1981: Raymond was killed in a plane crash at their home’s airstrip. The cause of the crash was never determined.
Not only did Caroline lose her husband but also her business partner. They had just bought, a week before, a different nursing home. She kept that going for another ten years. And she continued to fly, keeping her license for another decade.
THE NEXT CHAPTER
Caroline eventually remarried, having fallen in love with a retired IBM man, Robert Lyngen. Together they build an apartment building onto the nursing home and ran it until they both retired. They sold their home and built a new one on Webb Lake.
It was during those retirement years that Robert and Caroline bought a motorhome. They spent a winter in Texas, but that didn’t take. So they tried Tucson, and then one day she described what transpired, “Let’s go to the Phoenix area. We visited Gold Canyon and it was beautiful out there and along the main street they had green grass. That was all it took for Robert – he loved a good lawn.” They rented, then bought, then rented.
Robert passed a few years ago, but Caroline could say of her two marriages, “I lucked out twice. Between the two, I ended up being married for 64 years.”
After Robert died, Caroline wanted to get away for the winter and had a friend living at The Resort. She rented there a few years. And now spends time with her daughter, Dawn and Dawn’s husband, Tony, at their park model at The Resort.
(Photo: Caroline with her daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Tony Peterson)