Carolyn was raised on the family farm at Fashing, Texas. She was baptized at the First United Methodist Church at Fashing by Reverend Calvin Froehner on December 19th, 1943. She graduated from the 8th grade at the Fashing School. She competed in track, softball and volleyball. She participated in 4-H and Home Economics. She graduated from Karnes City High School in 1962.
Family and friends always knew Carolyn as a person who was just as beautiful on the inside as she was outside. She was always bubbly and had a smile on her face whether she was enjoying a hobby like photography or working in the cotton patch.
Carolyn married Roy Lee Esse at the First United Methodist Church in Fashing on November 3rd,1962. They were joined in marriage by Reverend Calvin Froehner. Carolyn and Roy had their first child, Scott, on September 22nd, 1967. Their daughter, Stacie, came along on June 21, 1971.
Carolyn was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women. She supported organizations such as the Three Rivers Garden Club, the Brush Country Cattle Women’s Association, Future Farmers of America, Future Homemakers of America and 4-H. She was awarded the Honorary Chapter Farmer Title by the Three Rivers Chapter of the Future Farmers of America. She was named Outstanding Conservation Homemaker by the Live Oak County Soil and Water Conservation District. She was a founding member and president of the Turtle Club at The Heights nursing center in Pleasanton,TX.
Nature and the outdoors were common themes in everything Carolyn did. She loved walking the ranches searching for artifacts. She was an avid hunter and fisherman. She compiled many reels of wildlife footage with her Super 8 camera. She was a genuine pet lover. Her dogs and cats generally stuck out in a crowd.
Carolyn possessed exceptional talents in the area of floral arranging. She focused on and utilized natural contents in her arrangements such as wild vines, water plants,crops, deer horns and barbed wire. Carolyn’s floral creations could often be found displayed on doors, walls, tables and even graves.
Carolyn had an eye for old things and was skilled at breathing new life into items that others had cast aside, refinishing many antiques herself. She loved music and carried on a long family history of singing. She took a great interest in Texas History. She was recognized as a contributor to the 1995 Handbook of Texas Online for her research on the community of Pleasant Hill and the Chisholm Trail.
Carolyn left us on August 31, 2012, at The Heights nursing facility in Pleasanton, Texas. She is survived by her son, Scott Esse; daughter-in-law, Andrea Esse; and grandchildren, Mason, Savanna and Colton Esse of Goldthwaite, TX. She is also survived by her daughter, Stacie Woelfel; son-in-law, Warren Woelfel; and grandson, Brannan Woelfel of Esseville, Texas. Carolyn is also survived by her mother, Lydia Homburg; and one brother, Norman Homburg of Bryan, TX. Carolyn was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Homburg; and her husband, Roy Lee Esse.
Visitation was held on Saturday, September 1, 2012, from 3 pm-6 pm at Galloway & Sons Funeral Home in Three Rivers, TX. Funeral services to celebrate Carolyn’s life were held on Sunday, September 2, 2012, at 2 pm at The Fashing United Methodist Church in Fashing, TX. Interment followed at the Fashing Cemetery.