A. Carol Vanhoy was born on 24 December 1939 in Neosho, Missouri. She was the daughter of Noble H. Corbin and Thelma (Shultz) Corbin. After living in both the Ponca City and Neosho areas, the Corbin family moved to Marland, Oklahoma, when she was about three years old, and she spent the remainder of her childhood there. She attended elementary and high school and graduated from Marland high school in 1957. Carol was one of nine Corbin children at that time and shouldered most of the caretaker burden when her mother developed health problems and gradually became unable to perform physical activities. Carol was about nine years old when the tenth Corbin child, Lillian Darlene, was born. Carol assumed caring for her as well, from diapers to teen years. Thelma Corbin passed away in 1963 and Noble H. Corbin passed away in 1976. When Carol graduated high school, she was offered a full scholarship to a commercial flight attendant school. Carol declined the opportunity in order to stay at home and care for her mother and younger sister and recommended the opportunity be offered to a schoolmate.
Carol married Kenneth Vanhoy on May 15, 1965, one week before he reported to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol academy. Upon graduation from the academy the couple had assignments to Tulsa and to Woodward and then to Oklahoma City. They moved to their current Edmond residence in 1973.
When her daughter Mickie was born Carol elected to stay home to care for her. When daughter Cheri was born five years later Carol again elected to stay at home and ensure both girls had the best care possible. She began reading to each of her daughters immediately after they were born and taught them their ABC's almost before they could walk.
When her daughters began school, Carol became a preschool teacher because she loved being around young children and loved nurturing them. Carol also enjoyed teaching parents’ ways to guide their children as they grew up by using loving, gentle ways of communicating with them instead of using strict disciplinary tactics. Many parents would come back to Carol after their children had graduated from preschool to tell her how much closer they were to their children and how well they were doing in elementary school because of the skills they used that Carol taught them. Carol retired in 1999 after a 26-year career as a preschool teacher.
Carol loved to spend time outdoors and she was a tireless worker. Whether mowing grass at their home in Edmond or at her mother-in-law's house in Hallett and later in Pawnee she would easily walk 5 or 6 miles or more behind a self-propelled mower in summer heat without any complaint and without seeming to be tired. She completed other tasks with equal ease.
Carol passed from this life on Sunday, November 13, 2022, at her Edmond home. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Noble H., and Thelma Corbin, five brothers, Bill, Marvin, Walt, Noble, and Carl Corbin, and two sisters, Josephine Gibson and Lavona Thompson.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Vanhoy of the home,and daughters Mickie Vanhoy of Edmond, Cheri Vanhoy of Lone Tree, Colorado, step-daughter Valerie Young of Pawnee, brother Bobby Corbin of Marland, sister Darlene Duvall of Ponca City, and bonus daughters Stela McCullough of Edmond and Stacey Vanhoy of Lone Tree, Colorado
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