The greatest friend and advocate we’ll ever know passed away January 14, 2022 after a run in with an adversary she couldn’t bluff. Carole was born in Holladay, Utah to Nephi Ford Bowthorpe and Caroline Ison Tester on November 22, 1949. She was the youngest of four, with three older brothers, Gayle, Ford and Larry. She loved Holladay where she was surrounded by family and could ride her horse Cheetah bareback through the pasture.\n\nShe moved with her mom and dad for a few years to Butte, Montana and returned many times with her own family to reminisce about the fun times they enjoyed while living next door to Aunt Becky and Uncle Bob. After returning to Utah and the family homestead in Holladay, they moved one last time to Butlerville due to rumors about a school taking their family property.\n\nCarole had a knack for accounting and while still in high school began working part time for Anita’s Dress Shop in the Cottonwood Mall. She was good with numbers but they didn’t provide the excitement she wanted so she became a security guard working for Auerbach’s, JCPenney, and ZCMI. This is where her nickname “Catch” came from.\n\nHer brother Larry introduced her to the most resourceful family he had ever met and she took a liking to the oldest brother, Lyle. She worked hard to get him to notice her, including trying to learn to water ski when she didn’t know how to swim and was afraid of water. They were married on November 17, 1973 and she moved to Granite where his family had lived for generations.\n\nThey had two children, Chad (who died as an infant) and Becky. They raised Becky in the home that Lyle’s grandparents built, surrounded by family and animals, much like Carole had enjoyed in Holladay. Besides raising Becky, she also had a knack for raising sheep and was more than willing to bring a bum lamb into the house and care for it.\n\nCarole, always resourceful and independent, recognized that her family needed security in the form of a second income and insurance, so she went to work for the State of Utah in the Murray DMV. She worked her way up from the front counter to assistant manager, manager, and then to the main office where she was a trainer and ultimately the manager of Branch Support. She retired from the State of Utah in 2011 before she “got too old to have any fun.”\n\nAfter retirement Carole did exactly that, she had fun. She went to lunch and shopping with friends at every opportunity. She schemed and found any reason to travel she could, including several trips to Arizona, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and many weekend camping and 4-wheeling trips throughout Utah.\n\nWhat started as a backache turned out to be much more serious and Carole was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the first part of December 2021. She met the diagnosis with determination to do what she could to be able to take one more trip or go on one more shopping adventure. Unfortunately the cancer and its treatments proved to be too much and she decided it was time to go “home” to be with her dad and mom, her Aunt Becky and her baby boy Chad. She is now riding down the canyon behind her dad on Cheetah, singing Roy Rogers songs completely off-key.\n\nThe hole she has left in our hearts will never be filled but the lessons she left us with will help. The most important being, never let your to-do list get in the way of a good time; plan the party, go out to lunch and shopping, attend and support friends’ and family’s events and interests, reach out to the loved one that crossed your mind, and ALWAYS take the trip.\n\nA graveside service will be held February 19, 2022 at 1 p.m. in the Granite Cemetery, 2969 E. 9800 S. in Sandy, Utah.