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1928 Carol 2020

Carol Traver

December 25, 1928 — May 4, 2020

St. Paul

Carol Lois Traver, passed away on May 4th, 2020 at the age of 91 years. She was born on Christmas Day, December 25th 1928 in Sioux City, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her mother Ethel Lynn Miller Campbell, her father Andrew Campbell, her husband Donald Traver and her older sister, Marion E. Sherrill and younger sister Dorthy Ruth Florentine. She is survived by her only child, Linda “Bunny” Hollibush, grandchildren Daniel (Karina) Hollibush, Michael Hollibush, Alisa (Andy) Mulcahy and great grandchildren Skylar Hollibush, Isabella Hollibush, Audrey Mulcahy and Alexander Hollibush.

She grew up during the Great Depression and came of age during World War II. A challenging time to grow up in, it toughened and firmed her resolve. So much so that when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer recently, when asked about it, she replied “I know it’s not good, but I’m not gonna cry about it.“

In her 20s she worked as a dance instructor at the Arthur Murray dance studio and especially enjoyed teaching Latin dance. The rumba was her favorite.

She loved song and music, especially Pavarotti and Mozart.  A voracious reader, she enjoyed everything from the classics like Hemingway, Pearl S. Buck and F. Scott Fitzgerald to the latest tabloid gossip magazine. A life long walker and hiker she frequented Colorado and the Southwest in August. An amateur geologist, she enjoyed collecting agates along the north shore of Lake Superior, fossils and turquoise (her favorite) from the Southwest. While at home in St. Paul she was often seen walking her beloved Collie dogs around Randolph Avenue, Lexington Parkway and Edgcumbe Road.  A nature and animal lover she had a passion for Siamese cats, Collie dogs and happily enjoyed feeding the birds in spring, especially seeing the red-orange breasted American robins.  She was a pragmatic believer in God and always had a picture of Christ the Good Shepherd nearby in her home. She kept the Sabbath and loved reading inspirational Christian stories from the Guidepost.

She loved her family deeply and was deeply loved by her family. She will be forever missed, forever in our hearts and memories.

“Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; One short sleep past, we wake eternally, and death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.” - John Donne

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