Carolyn Ann Truitt of Laurel went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 20, 2023. She was the daughter of Milton and Aileen Betts.
She is survived by her sisters Linda Breakfield of Virginia, Charlotte Roby of Kentucky, and Thelma Jean Dukes of Laurel. Carolyn was predeceased by her sister Joan Byrd and her brother Gary Betts.
Carolyn married the love of her life Robert James Truitt of Laurel. They had three daughters Robin Lynn, Valerie Ann and Susan Ellen. Her family was her world. She took great pride in being a loving wife and caring mother. She was a Brownie leader, PTA member, Sunday school teacher and an All Saints Episcopal Church Board member. She later attended Connection Church. Carolyn and Robert also owned a farm in Laurel, where they grew watermelons, sugar babies, and vegetables to sell at the Laurel Auction Block and at their produce stand in Millsboro during the summers. They also had raised chickens and managed rental properties.
One of Carolyn’s favorite family memories included her tradition of making and decorating her famous sugar cookies with her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a great cook and baker who loved to give away Christmas cookies to her family, friends, and doctors. She loved summers, feeding birds, planting flowers, baking, making strawberry jam, pickles, relish, and being involved with her family.
She was married for 52 years and was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Truitt. She is survived by her daughters Robin Jestice and her husband Ed, Valerie Lemon and her husband Bradley, and Susan Niblett and her husband Rodney.
She is also survived by her grandchildren Chris Jestice, Melinda Bonniwell (Jestice) and her husband Zach, Jacob Lemon, Madison Lemon, Sydney Hailey (Niblett) and her husband Mitch, Conner Niblett, and Lukas Niblett.
Lastly, she is survived by her great-grandchildren, Karley, Coleson, Clyde and Clay Jestice, Porter and Paisleigh Bonniwell, and Hudson Hailey as well as her beloved dog Ella.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28 at Hannigan Short Dishroom Funeral Home in Laurel by Pastor Barry Dukes.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at noon. A private burial will be for only family. All are welcome back to ChickBerry Farms for a meal.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and American Cancer Society. These organizations meant a lot to Carolyn over the years.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.