Carolyn Elizabeth Wiley passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. She was born May 16, 1979 in Charlotte, North Carolina, to James and Sandra (Shealy) Wiley. Carolyn was a 1997 graduate of West Charlotte High School and a 2001 graduate of Gardner-Webb University, where she was a high school and collegiate cheer athlete. In her career as a recreational director of activities and social worker at Wilora Lake Healthcare Center and Asbury Care Center, she was enthusiastic and passionate about her work and care for the elderly in senior living facilities.
Those who knew and loved Carolyn will remember her for her generous spirit. She frequently sent letters and cards to those she cared about, simply as a kind gesture in an effort to brighten their day. Carolyn’s sense of humor and quick wit was unparalleled. It was not uncommon for her to break out in a dance at any given moment, always in an attempt to make those she loved smile and laugh out loud. A stranger to no one and a friend to all, Carolyn cherished and frequently shared memories that included the many friends she made along her journey, including cousins, neighbors, Shamrock Drive Baptist Church youth group, classmates, teammates, and coworkers. The apples of her eye were her two nephews, Brett and Wyatt. Lovingly known as “Aunt Kiwi”, Carolyn spoiled “her boys” with hugs and special treats every chance that she had.
Carolyn is survived by her parents; her sister, Angela (Wiley) Jacklin of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Ben Jacklin; nephews Brett and Wyatt; brother, Matt Wiley, and sister-in-law, Leah, of Hickory, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Robert J. and Marjorie H. Wiley; maternal grandparents, Harold and Eula Mae Shealy; aunt and uncle Thomas and Marilyn Shealy, aunt Barbara W. Johnson, and uncle Stephen A. Wiley.
Our beautiful and beloved Carolyn courageously fought her battle with anorexia for over twenty years. Though her strong spirit and fight persisted even to the very end, her body finally succumbed. We want to honor Carolyn's memory by helping to ensure that others who are struggling with eating disorders, and their families, are able to access resources that will help them find healing and hope.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Eating Disorder Association https://honor-a-loved-one-for-neda.everydayhero.com/us/in-loving-memory-of-carolyn-wiley
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangements
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