Carol Regina (Syverson) Linihan, resident of Oologah, passed from this life on Thursday evening July 6, 2017. Carol was born January 11, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio to Clarence and Edith (Perna) Syverson. After completing the third grade, her family moved to Tulsa, OK where Carol completed her education, graduating East Central high school in 1956. On June 27, 1959, she and Richard E. Linihan were united in marriage in Tulsa at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. The newlyweds promptly began their lives together by moving to Oologah and starting a ranching operation where they would spend the next 58 years. Moving the city girl to the country was a challenging endeavor, but it opened up the opportunity to develop hundreds of new and lasting friendships.
Carol left an indelible imprint on the hearts and lives of many people, with an emphasis on the importance of love and family being the predominant theme. She was known to make you feel right at home, by either her witty sarcasm or by offering you something to eat, even after you told her you weren’t hungry. Her most notable dishes, spaghetti and lasagna, were difficult to turn down, in more ways than one.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years – Richard; three children – Monte Linihan and wife Chris of Oologah, Reggie Keith and husband Kelly of Oologah and Wendy Hughes and husband Greg of Stillwater. Also surviving are Mema’s seven grandchildren – Grant Linihan, Gates and Emily Linihan, Caitlin and Jerett Hardy, Cheyanne and Wes Jordan, Chance and Jessica Keith, Sage and Wyatt Glasgow, Sienna Hughes and Eric Marone; six great grandchildren – Huck Linihan, Paisley Jordan, Lauren Keith, Rhett and Remington Glasgow, Avonlea Linihan. Bonus grandchildren and great grandchildren – Allie and Josh Gibson of Sand Springs, Matt and Whitney Bright of Claremore; and Nathan, Daegen and Daxten Gibson and Jayden Andrews; and two sisters – Joyce Toney of Broken Arrow and Debbie Totty of Grove, OK. Carol was preceded in death by her parents.
Carol requested no formal funeral service. A visitation honoring her will be held from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Mowery Funeral Service Chapel in Owasso. Family and friends are welcome to gather at the Red Barn Event Center on Sunday, July 16th from 1:00 pm -5:00 pm where we will share memories of Carol and celebrate her life. The family requests that those wanting to honor her memory may do so by donating to the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4606 East 67th Street, Building 7, Suite 103, Tulsa, OK 74136-4974. Carol’s family has entrusted Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso with the arrangements. www.moweryfs.com
Per Mema’s request: “The nut is gone, only the shell remains.”
Prayers for you family.
— Teresa Hall Brown, Friday – July 7, 2017
My thoughts and prayers for each of you. I remember the joy and energy that radiated from Mrs. Linihan. She was a blessing!
— Kathy Sellmeyer Thomas , Sunday – July 9, 2017
Laughs shared with Carol will always be among my very favorite memories of Oologah. She was a joy to many.
— Sarah Shuman, Monday – July 10, 2017
She was my 2nd mom! I always knew she loved me by the way she yelled and cussed at me just like she did Monte and Reggie (not Wendy, though)! I was blessed to be a part of her life!
— Lisa Lewis, Tuesday – July 11, 2017
Loved her like no other! RIP sis. Your legend will live on through our wonderful family. Thanks for the memories.
— Debbie Totty, Wednesday – July 12, 2017
Prayers and hugs for you all! Carol was a wonderful mother and mema, always funny, always beautiful ❤️
— Jill Ray Nanney, Thursday – July 13, 2017
Some of my fondest teen memories was hanging out at Carol’s pool with Debbie. She welcomed me like family. I will never forget her laugh. Thanks for the love Carol. God Bless You.
— Angie Wilson, Thursday – July 13, 2017
Prayers for your family. Carol was a wonderful lady! I will always cherish my childhood memories on the ranch & I will never forget her spaghetti sauce cooking for hours on the stove. She was one of a kind!
— Lisa (Mease) Young, Thursday – July 13, 2017
One fabulous lady always a smile on her face and humor to go with it. Chub and I will miss you greatly as will so many others. Sending comfort to the Linihan family who loved her so much.
— Christy Brewer, Thursday – July 13, 2017
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Prayers for you Chris, Monte and family. My heart goes out to you.
— Christi Dorsey, Thursday – July 13, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Chance, during this difficult time.
— Tom Webb, Friday – July 14, 2017
Mowery Funeral Service Chapel
9110 North Garnett Road
Owasso, OK 74055
Wednesday – July 12, 2017
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Note: Family and friends are welcome to gather at the Red Barn Event Center, 15171 South 4065 Road, Oologah, OK 74053, on Sunday, July 16, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. to celebrate her life.
To honor the memory of Carol Linihan, you may donate to the
Oklahoma Chapter – National Multiple Sclerosis Soc
4606 East 67th Street, Bldg 7, Suite 103
Tulsa, OK 74136