US Army, CPT, Ret.

An online service in memory of Carol J Tyler (US Army, CPT, ret.) can be viewed on Facebook at 3 PM, Saturday, June 20 under the auspices of Donnelly Funeral Home in Irving, TX. A memorial service, with the interment of her ashes, will be held later at Bethel Methodist Church near Logansport. Rev. Frances Freeman, former pastor at Bethel United Methodist, will conduct the online service.

Although part of a family with more than a century-long history in the Logansport area, specifically the Bethel community, Carol was born in Houston, TX in 1940 and began school at Joaquin, TX. She graduated as salutatorian from Logansport High School in 1958 where she was also a standout athlete. She attended Centenary College in Shreveport on academic scholarships, earning a BS in Biology.

After college, she worked in Shreveport as a social worker and then a medical technologist. She often entertained her family with stories of her college and work adventures. Eventually they learned she had a gift for storytelling, somewhat like how color commentary adds to sports events being watched.

Carol joined the US Army in the middle of the Viet Nam war reaching the rank of Captain. She went to training at Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio and served as company commander in Ft Belvoir, VA. Carol really came into her own in the military and regretted that her career had to end far too soon. Because of a hip problem, Carol was one of the first people to receive the then-experimental procedure of total hip replacement at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. The results were less than perfect, and she was medically discharged from the Army she had come to love. Although deeply disappointed, her disability pension at least gave her the freedom to travel and explore the various interests that her impairments allowed.

One of her first postdischarge adventures was living “off the grid” in the remote Maine woods. She later lived in Corpus Christi near brothers John and Don. Wherever Carol went she made friends and discovered ways to develop her interests and talents. She enjoyed many activities, from birding to drawing to watercolor painting to visiting state and national parks.

After living in many different places, Carol returned to live with her mother in an arrangement that was mutually beneficial.

Carol and her mother enjoyed years of traveling together, alone and with other family members. At the time Carol began caregiving, they lived in Nacogdoches, but they would move several times—first to Boerne, then back to Logansport, then to New Braunfels, where her mother died in 2003.

Carol also enjoyed spending time with her extended family— aunts and uncles, siblings, nieces and nephews. She took several trips in the US and Europe and the Holy Land with friends and family. During their years in Logansport, Carol was active at Bethel Methodist Church, serving on the Board of Stewards, and enjoyed reconnecting with friends and relatives in the Bethel community.

After her mother’s death, Carol continued to live in New Braunfels until her medical problems necessitated that she move into an assisted living community. VIP Assisted Living in Irving offered the appropriate level of care and was near her niece, Jennifer Spurgin, and Jennifer’s family.

Never married, Carol is survived by three siblings: Larry Tyler (Dona K.) of Longview, TX; Bruce Tyler (Linda) of New Braunfels; and Kathryn Tyler Walker (Bruce) of Beaumont, TX. She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest Howard Tyler; mother, Johnnie M. Tyler; brothers, Donald H. Tyler and John R. Tyler.

Carol is also survived by six nieces and nephews; Steven Tyler of Austin; Jennifer Walker Spurgin (John) of Irving, TX; Chris Tyler (Lara) of San Antonio, TX; Tyler Walker (Heather) of Flower Mound, TX; Bryan Tyler (Keira) of Tulsa, OK; and Joshua Tyler of Longview, TX. A source of comfort and joy to Carol were her talented greatniece and nephews: Tony, Charlie, Annie, and Jack Spurgin, who lived nearby in Irving. She also loved being with and hearing about all her other great nephews and nieces: Michael from New Braunfels, Danielle in San Antonio, Caleb from New Braunfels, Kali from San Antonio, Zach, in Dallas, Madelyn in Houston, and Quinn and Aiden of Tulsa. She also maintained interest in the lives of her many cousins and other relatives from a large family.

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