Childers’ life leaves lasting legacy

When Carol Childers of North Wilkesboro died March 29, Wilkes County lost a tireless advocate for the Wilkes County Public Library and the Humane Society of Wilkes. Carol’s passion for our local library and for rescuing animals was inspirational. She volunteered countless hours and encouraged others to do the same.

I called her many times over the years to get advice about stray cats and dogs I came across that needed placement. She often took them in herself until she could find a permanent home.

Along with her volunteer activities, Carol operated a pet sitting business. Her clients became her friends and she developed a close relationship with all the pets she looked after. My family viewed Carol as their partner in caring for our pets’ health. She especially loved our elderly cat, Rocky, my parents’ late cat, Sandy, and our late cocker spaniel, Bunny. Carol grieved alongside us when our pets died.

On Thanksgiving morning 2019, Carol was on her way to feed a client’s pets when a deer suddenly leaped in her path on Edgewood Road. Her car was totaled and the deer was killed. In shock, Carol was more concerned about the deer’s condition than her own health and vehicle.

Carol was also tireless in her support for the Friends of the Library and all its programs. As a retired special education teacher, she wanted to get books in the hands of children and adults and did everything she could to support the library, serving on the Friends’ board and as its president.

If more of us could be like Carol Childers, the world would be a better place. She has left a lasting legacy in the life of her two-legged and her four-legged friends.

CAROLINE CZERKAWSKI

North Wilkesboro, N.C.

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