Carole Jean Yeager

Lincoln/Grand Island

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Updated: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 05:07:07 CST

Carole Jean Yeager 82, of Lincoln, formerly of Grand Island, died peacefully Friday, February 21, 2014 at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln, surrounded by all of her children and some of her grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at All Faiths Funeral Home. Dan Naranjo will officiate. Burial will be at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Family will be greeting friends one hour prior to services.

Carole was born on February 18, 1932 to David and Alice (Sweeney) Skinner, in Nebraska City.

Survivors include her children, Dr. Cynthia (Fred) Forehand of Burlington, VT; Marcus (Mary) Garrard of Villa Grove, CO; Alyce Coffin of Grand Island; Malcolm Garrard of Wichita, KS; Christina “Tina” (George) Stott of Mississauga, Ontario; Cathleen “Cathy” (Brad) Platt of Lincoln.

Also left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren, Antonio, Amanda, Nichole, Jennifer, Christopher, Cayla, Adam, Kelsey Rae, Thai Amber, Nicholas, Ben, and Jessica; great-grandchildren, Destiny, Alyson, Honesty, Edward Jr., Cali, Ella-Jean, Reegan, Caleb , Leilani and Hannah, along with many extended family and friends.

Carole is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Paul; sister, Delores, son-in-law, Larry Coffin and two husbands, Oliver Garrard and Arthur Yeager.

She made her home in Grand Island while raising her children.

Carole loved camping, bird-watching, singing, making stained-glass art and putting very complex jigsaw puzzles together. She also loved to sew and created the most fabulous Halloween costumes, Christmas program outfits, and band costumes for her kids and their friends. She also turned her love of cooking into her career, working at various restaurants in Grand Island until retiring for health reasons from The Hub. Carole was an avid sports fan, especially of the Huskers and her beloved Dallas Cowboys.

The family thanks Tabitha Adult Day Center for years of wonderful care, and Sumner Place and Bryan LGH for excellent care towards the end of her life.

For those wishing to make a memorial contribution, suggestions are the Humane Society or the Alzheimer's Association.