Carol Sue Golden died Sunday night, August 13, 2023, at Haven of Show Low in Show Low, Arizona following a lengthy illness. She was 79 years old. Carol was born on September 12, 1943, in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska to her parents, the late Casper Simon and Marion D. (Johnson) Johnson.
When Carol was about 8 years old, her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from a Phoenix high school in the early 1960s. On her 23rd birthday, in 1966, she married the love of her life, Richard Reginald "Dick" Golden in Alpine, Arizona. When he passed away on November 11, 2016, they had most recently celebrated their 50th "Golden Wedding" Anniversary together. It was a milestone that they accomplished together through hard work; during the good times as well as the bad times and never forgot to express their love and respect to one another.
Many in the White Mountain area will remember Carol as "Mrs. Golden", as she was the Tech Lab Teacher at Blue Ridge Junior High School in Lakeside for several years. She loved her students and taught them many essential computer skills that are now serving them throughout their own lives. Carol was also a formidable mother to her own boys and a loving and supportive wife to her husband. Her sons say of her that "she ran the Golden Boys' Fan Club" and was super involved with all of their sport teams and events. She taught all three of her sons the value and importance of being honest and hard-working men. Today, her sons can credit her for becoming the responsible and trustworthy men that they are today. She was so proud of them in all of their accomplishments and loved them as much as a mother could could ever love her children.
For as hard as she worked throughout her life, Carol also knew how to have a good time. She and Dick loved boating with their sons at several lakes throughout the state. In their early years, the family spent many summers on Lake Powell waterskiing, camping and cliff jumping! In their later years, they spent a lot of time boating at Roosevelt Lake. Countless were the wonderful family memories that were made.
Carol Sue Golden is survived by 2 sons: John W. Golden of Lakeside, Arizona and Daniel R. (Bobbie) Golden of Phoenix, Arizona. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren: Jenna D. Golden, Gracie Golden and Jordan Golden. Along with her parents and husband, Carol was also preceded in death by her son, Robert E. Golden in June of 1991 and by her sister, Cookie in October of 2020.
The funeral service will begin 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 19, 2023, at Owens Livingston Mortuary - White Mountain Chapel, 320 N. 9th Street in Show Low, Arizona where the visitation will begin one hour prior. The concluding service and interment will immediately follow at the Lakeside Cemetery where she will be laid to rest alongside her forever sweetheart.
The Golden Family is thankful for the many expressions of sympathy they have received during this difficult time and are especially grateful for all of the prayers offered up on their behalf.