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Carolyn Nichols Wilday

August 19, 1919 — July 22, 2017

Carolyn Nichols Wilday

Carolyn Nichols Wilday, long term resident of Sun City, California, died on Saturday, July 22 in Charleston, South Carolina. Carolyn was 97. She was born on August 19, 1919 in Washington D.C. to Henry W. Nichols and Bertha Bell Nichols. Carolyn attended elementary and high school in Westfield, New Jersey and also attended Syracuse University in New York. In 1941, Carolyn married Horace A. Stevens and together they had four children; William S. Stevens, deceased (Lois Wilde Stevens -deceased); Diane Stevens Maher (Ronald Maher - deceased) of Naples Florida; Robert N. Stevens (Leslie) of Goose Creek, South Carolina; and John L. Stevens (Jolynn) of Fayetteville, Georgia. After the death of her first husband, Carolyn married Wynant T. Wilday in 1969.

Carolyn resided as a child, adolescent, and for most of her adult life in Westfield, New Jersey. While raising her children Carolyn was a homemaker. After her children were grown Carolyn became a successful Realtor in the Westfield area. Carolyn was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield for over 85 years. She served as a board member for the Westfield Historical Society and was often a docent at the Miller-Corey House Museum in Westfield. In her youth Carolyn was an avid tennis player. Later in life she became a fine golfer and won several women's member tournaments at Echo Lake Country Club. Carolyn had a love of the theater and was instrumental in the founding of community drama clubs in Farmington, Michigan; Cranford, New Jersey; and Sun City, California, where she often performed and directed stage productions.

When Carolyn had school aged children, she served in leadership positions in various youth organizations including; President of Lincoln Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, The Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Junior Essex Troop.

Carolyn was a devoted mother and step-mother, grandmother to 10, great grandmother to 16 and great, great, grandmother to two. She was a world traveler who visited all 50 US states and 15 foreign countries. Carolyn was a unique and strong woman who enjoyed life to the fullest. Prior to her death Carolyn asked that friends and relatives take a moment during a festive occasion and give a toast to her love and friendship.

Memorial donations may be made to the Westfield Historical Society, 314 Mountain Ave, Westfield, NJ 07090 and/or the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140 Mountain Ave, Westfield, NJ 07090.

An interment service will take place at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, New Jersey. Local arrangements by Gray Funeral Directors of Westfield. Please go to: to offer condolences.
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