Lynn Ellen Carriker, 68, passed away on August 19, 2020, in Amarillo, Texas following a lengthy illness. She was born February 24, 1952, to Rosemary Vernetti Carriker and Phil Hoyle Carriker in Dallas County, Texas.
Lynn’s family moved to Long Island, New York when she was a preschooler where she lived as a child and attended her early school years. At 16, her parents moved back to Dallas, Texas as work required. Lynn finished High School early and was off to Austin, Texas to attend the University of Texas. While there, she worked for Bell Telephone. She greatly enjoyed her carefree days there, riding her bicycle to work and school while living in a one-room apartment above a small local business.
When she left Austin, Lynn lived briefly on the California Coast, and then followed her heart to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Lynn enjoyed the cold weather and laughed often about getting through the cold mountain winters with only a jean jacket. The beauty of our natural environment filled her soul with joy and the companion of kittens filled her heart with love. Lynn spoke fondly of animals, both wild and domestic but enjoyed a special connection with cats. Her love of wild places and animals was in direct contrast to her preference for the hustle and bustle of city life.
Lynn also enjoyed a good steak; any one of her mother’s treasured recipes, a good joke, the many ironies of everyday life, and game shows. Being an avid, Lynn was known to stay up until three in the morning watching her game show line up.
Lynn lived in Illinois while working for the Sheriff’s Department. Then returning once again to Dallas in 1996, Lynn worked for AT & T and Verizon. In the years just before Lynn’s retirement, she worked as a caregiver for a long-term care and assisted living facility. This care and attention to detail was returned to Lynn through the many ways of compassion that were returned to her when she needed it most.
Lynn was born with a tough independent spirit and a strong sense of privacy which prevailed in all of her daily activities, often showing up during interactions with friends and family. May she soar with the angels and be once again united with her beloved family.
Lynn was preceded in death by her Mother, Father, and Brother Stephen Phillip Carriker.
She is survived by seven loving cousins, fourteen great-cousins, and twenty-three great-great-cousins among the Carrikers.
Private family Inurnment September 4, 2020, Restland Cemetery, Richardson, Texas.