Carol May (Wilcox) Dybing passed away on January 4, 2015, at Lake Winona Manor in Winona, Minn.
Carol was born December 29, 1938, in Baton Rouge, La., to Ovid Bell Wilcox Sr., and Margaret Elizabeth (Rettig) Wilcox. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ovid Bell Wilcox Jr. (Billy), his wife Annette, and infant sister, Mary Joy Wilcox. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Elizabeth “Bonnie Wilcox” (Andy) Erickson; six nieces and nephews and a multitude of cousins.
Carol attended grade school at Julius Frehan Grammar School and St. Francisville High School in St. Francisville, La. She attended Southwest Institute in Lafayette, La., and worked at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La.
On May 1, 1965, she married LeRoy Dybing and they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2015. Together they had two children, Brian Dybing (Heather) of Burlington, Wis., and Kay Conway (Tom) of Winona, Minn. She had five grandchildren that were the joy of her life, Carter and Ethan Dybing of Burlington, Wis., and Paul, Claire, and Jack Conway of Winona, Minn. She was the best grandma these kids could have ever asked for, always interested in what activities they were involved in and going to as many sports and music events as possible, especially toward the end of her life.
Carol was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona, and assisted with mailings and baking desserts for funerals and festivals. She enjoyed her Tai Chi and Qigong group and sometimes was asked to lead the groups, which she took great pride in. She enjoyed playing bridge, swimming laps at the YMCA, and playing ping-pong at the Senior Center. Carol also became a great Green Bay Packer fan and loved to watch them on Sunday afternoons. She became quite feisty when they were playing, especially when playing the Vikings.
Carol will be greatly missed by her family and friends, especially her lady friends that she would get together with for birthdays and luncheons. Her sweet Southern personality and cooking will be missed by her family, but will be carried on in all her recipes that she left behind. Memorials should be sent to Winona Hospice, which took such good care of her in her last weeks of life. Burial will be at a later date in St. Francisville, La.
A celebration of Carol’s life will be held on Friday, January 9, at 12:30 with visitation starting at 11:30 in the visitation commons at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona, Minn., and Fountain City, Wis.