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Carolyn Muirhead - March 13, 2014


Carolyn Muirhead was born at Grainton, Neb. on Feb. 27, 1924. She was one of four children born to Shelby and Mae Cummings Sperry.
Carolyn graduated from Grainton High School in 1941. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in music.
Carolyn met David Muirhead while attending college. They were married in Grainton on Aug. 17, 1947 after he returned from World War II where he served as a weather observer in the Aleutians. Two sons were born to this union.
The family lived in Nebraska, Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Michigan as Dave pursued his interest in higher education with Educational Testing Service and later in college admissions terminating with the position of Dean of Admissions at the University of Colorado in Boulder while Carolyn raised her young sons. The family remained in Boulder for Carolyn’s sons to finish their education.
After her sons moved away for college, Carolyn returned to Wallace. She remodeled the Whitlake home where she lived for over 30 years. Part of her reason for returning was to support her parents in the remaining years of their life.
While living in Wallace, Carolyn served as the town clerk. She was active in the town library and had a personal love for books. She was a member of the Flower Club and enjoyed making flower arrangements. Carolyn was a competitive bridge player. She was a member of the Wallace Community Club where she served as an officer.
She moved to Linden Court in North Platte last fall where she died on March 3, 2014, five days after her 90th birthday. In addition to her parents and husband, Carolyn was preceded in death by one son, Scott, her brother, Leonard Sperry, and her sister, Dorothy Naranjo who lived in Panama.
She is survived by her son, Doug of Morgan Hill, Calif. and her brother, Glenn and wife Sylvia Sperry of Michigan who she stayed in close touch with; other relatives and friends.
Cremation was chosen with a private scattering at a later time.
A memorial service will also be planned for a later date.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant, Neb. was in charge of arrangements.