Carolyn Lea 'Carrie' Witte, 63, of North Platte, died Feb. 29, 2012, surrounded by family at her lakeside home in North Platte.
Carrie was born Nov. 15, 1948, to Herbert Napoleon, Jr. and Pearl Marie Karnes Stevens in Merna. She graduated from Anselmo-Merna High School then earned a bachelor of science degree in Home Economics (Consumer Science and the Family) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1971.
September 7, 1969, Carrie married George Allen Witte at Merna, and they had four children. She worked as a secondary school teacher, in-home child care provider and preschool teacher. The family moved to North Platte in 1984. Carrie was the director of the North Platte Community Day Care since Jan. 2, 1985.
Carrie had served on the Governor's Child Care Council for 15 years. She was a member of the team to revise the current regulations for child care for the State of Nebraska. She was also a member of the Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children and a trainer for the Early Childhood Training Center.
Carrie was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she was a charter member of the hand bell choir. She was also a story time volunteer, helped with Boy and Girl Scouts, was a life member of PTA and a Sunday school teacher/youth sponsor. She enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting and spending time with her family at the lake.
Carrie is survived by her husband, George of North Platte; her mother, Pearl Stevens of Merna; two daughters Lori (Jey) Henk, of Edwards, Colo., and Amy (Todd) Lanham of Lincoln; two sons, Eric (Olivia) Witte of Pueblo, Colo., and Lucas (Samantha) Witte of North Platte; six grandchildren, Molly Lanham, Allyson Lanham, Ben Lanham, Jack Witte, Collin Witte and Grant Witte; two sisters, Ruth (Jerry) Sloggett of Loup City, and Glenna Markham of Aurora; a brother, Don (Elaine) Stevens of Mountain Home, Idaho; three sisters-in-law, Ruth (Sid) Ready of Scribner, Nancy Patton of Elkhorn, and Mary (Doug) Temme of Wayne; two brothers-in-law, Donald (Kelly) Witte of Scribner, and Clinton (Judy) Witte of Kearney; 28 nieces and nephews and other family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Stevens, Jr.; her father and mother-in-law, Arland and Dorothy Witte; an infant sister, Donna Elaine Stevens; a sister-in-law, Cindy Witte; two brothers-in-law, Bennie Markham and Howard Witte; and two nieces.
Funeral service were Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp and Pastor Alison Frazier officiating. Cremation followed the service. Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Community Day Care or UMC Bell Choir. The guest book may also be signed at odeanchapel.com with Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, March 8, 2012