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Carolyn Goodwin Collins Erickson passed away on Dec. 31st, 2017 in Eatonton at the age of 86. She is predeceased by her parents, Virgil and Lucille Collins, and her second husband, Leland Erickson. She was born in Memphis, TN on June 8, 1931. She is lovingly remembered by her sister, Lucille Forestal of Palm Springs, CA and her four children, Jeremy of Anchorage, AK, David of Eatonton, GA, Jonathan of Guinea, Africa and Kim of Brandon, MS. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Isobel, Christian, Hannah and Leland.
Carolyn grew up in Jackson, MS and graduated from Millsaps College with honors and later earned two masters degrees in psychology. She enjoyed her work as a counselor for many years at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA. She also worked a thousand-acre ranch and dairy in Nebraska that was a source of pride and joy. In her late fifties, she volunteered for the Peace Corps in Tunisia, Africa. A tragic fall cut short her tour and she returned to the states to rehabilitate. Characteristically, she proved her doctors wrong by learning to walk again. In her later years, she returned to her family's property in MS and had a round house built, with a library. She also wrote poetry, volunteered at the local historical society, raised roses, and had a passion for jigsaw puzzles.
Four years ago, Carolyn moved to Eatonton to be near her son, David Erickson, and his family: wife, Paige and twin grandchildren, Hannah and Leland Erickson. For the next few years she enjoyed family gatherings. She lived on the family property and along with her longtime friend, Doris Moody, the other grandmother, enjoyed being near her family. Pursuing her passion for reading, she quickly became a regular at the Eatonton Public Library. Carolyn was a seeker and never stopped questioning and wanting to learn. She was also devoted to exercise, and her friends at the Harmony Crossing BodyPlex, will miss her early morning arrivals. She attended First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville and enjoyed the book club there. A service of remembrance will be held at a later date at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville.
Published on January 25, 2018
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