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Place of Birth:
Okemah, Oklahoma
Place of Death:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Carolyn L. Wagner

Carolyn Louise Lipe Wagner passed away on October 2nd, 2016 at Inverness Village in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her two children by her side. Carolyn was born on September 19th, 1932 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Louise Constance Catterall Lipe and Raymond David Lipe. Carolyn is survived by her two children, Frederick John Wagner III of Houston, Texas and Kristin Louise Wagner Henderson and husband, Stewart, of Fort Worth, Texas. She is also survived by her younger brother William David Lipe of Moscow, Idaho, grandchildren William Stewart Henderson and his wife, Katherine, Clayton Rollins Henderson, Matthew Wagner Henderson, William John Wagner, and Catherine Elisabeth Wagner. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Frederick John Wagner Jr. and daughter-in-law Lisa Lyn Underwood Wagner.

Carolyn graduated from Bristow, Oklahoma High School in 1950 and Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State) in 1955. She treasured the lifelong friendships she made there as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Fred and Carolyn met while they were both employed at Carter Research Lab (predecessor of ExxonMobil Research Company) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Carolyn completed her Home Economics degree at Oklahoma A&M immediately prior to their wedding June 4th, 1955 in Bristow.

Their first year of marriage was spent in Huntsville, Alabama, where Fred III was born and husband Fred Jr. was stationed with the Army Ballistics Missile Agency at Redstone Arsenal. After Fred's honorary discharge from the Army, they resumed life in Tulsa, Oklahoma with Fred rejoining The Carter Oil Company. Kristin was born in 1960 in Tulsa. After Fred's transfer to Esso Libya in Tripoli, Carolyn took on the adventure of living three years in North Africa. She routinely was filling a large ceramic jug with boiled water, cleaning house after the frequent ghiblis (sand storms), dealing with power outages, shopping at the local markets, and packing picnic lunches for their numerous weekend trips to the ancient Roman sites such as Sabratha and Leptis Magna along the Mediterranean coast. She was particularly fond of the family's search for Roman artifacts at kilometer 16 outside of Tripoli while enjoying a day at the beach. For those who knew Carolyn well, she treasured the Tripoli memories very highly.

The family returned to Tulsa in 1968 where she was always active with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association. She also used her talents as an interior designer at Martha Moore Wallpaper and as a real estate agent with Joe McGraw. Fred's career eventually took them to Houston, Texas with Getty Oil and its successor Texaco after the children were in University and starting their own careers. Carolyn particularly enjoyed Houston Astros season tickets and cheering on her favorite Astros including Jose Cruz and Nolan Ryan. She also worked part time at Marshall Fields in the Galleria. Upon Fred's retirement from Texaco, they spent time in Geneva, Switzerland where Fred was working with Petroconsultants. Carolyn was able to experience life from small town Bristow, to the Mediterranean coast in Libya, to the snow and cold of Geneva. The children were able to take advantage of Mom and Dad in Geneva to enjoy the skiing and fondue. Wherever they lived, Carolyn created a loving home.

Carolyn accomplished many things in her life, but most important were supporting her husband, taking care of a home, being there for children Fred and Kristin and their myriad of activities including Scouting and swimming. She was an avid news hawk and read more of the Wall Street Journal than probably the editors themselves. She enjoyed speaking and starting a conversation with everyone that came into her life on a daily basis. She always maintained a positive and optimistic attitude even as her health declined. The family would like to extend their gratitude and thanks to the staff and residents of Inverness Village for their loving care of Carolyn and husband Fred Jr. who passed away in 2013.

A private inurnment service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A scholarship fund has been set up at Oklahoma State University and contributions in her memory are welcome. Checks may be made payable to “The Fred J. and Carolyn Lipe Wagner Endowed Scholarship Fund” and sent to OSU Foundation, 400 South Monroe, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074.

Service Information

Time: 4-Oct-2016 4:00 p.m.
Location: Inverness Village
Address: 3800 West 71st Street Tulsa, Oklahoma 74132


Scott Haus
So sorry to read of your mother's passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Fred Wagner
Mom, we will miss you and all that you have done for our family and me. I always knew that you were there for us and could count on you. Love you. I am glad you and Dad are together again but I still miss you regardless.