Carolyn Frances Keenum Lonnblad, 80, of Glendale, Arizona, passed away Sept. 1, 2021. Carolyn was born in Sylva and grew up nearby in Hazelwood and Waynesville, where her father owned the Hazelwood Pharmacy. She graduated from Waynesville High and from N.C. State with a degree in chemical engineering — one of very few women in the engineering school at the time. Carolyn worked for Westinghouse Electronic Systems Division of Baltimore, Maryland, until 1986, and was involved in programming satellites and other electronic equipment used by various government agencies, including NASA during the moon missions. She semi-retired back to Western N.C. in 1986, and then retired to Glendale, Arizona in 1996. She enjoyed morning walks, phone calls and letters exchanged with family back east, and Diamondback baseball on the radio for years before upgrading to a TV. She was very active in her church until her health no longer permitted.
In addition to her parents, Ralph and Addie Keenum, she was predeceased by a young niece, Carolyn Kay James, and more recently by her older brother, Kenneth Keenum, and her older sister, Geraldine Keenum James, and brother-in-law, Francis Duke James, Sr. She was also predeceased by a grand-niece, Megan Lurae James.
She is survived by her sister-in-law Clara Fullbright Keenum, as well as her nieces, nephews and grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Mel and Judy Snyder of Glendale for their loving friendship and support provided to Carolyn over many years. A memorial service will be held later at First Southern Baptist Church at Sahuaro Ranch in Glendale. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ChapeloftheChimesMortuary.com.