Carole Lynn Stevens (Jackson) passed away peacefully on July 7, 2022 in Holladay, Utah after several years of decline with Alzheimer’s disease. She was lovingly cared for by the staff she so adored at the Ridge Cottonwood as well as by her amazing and thoughtful care team at Canyon Hospice. She spent her final days and weeks visiting with close family and friends, and listening to her favorite music.
Carole was born June 2, 1948 in Inglewood, California. She was the daughter of Jewel and Phillip Jackson. She had an older brother Bill with whom she remained close throughout her life. Carole looked forward to her many visits to San Diego, California to see her brother and his wife Chris, especially over the last few years enjoying many trips to the San Diego Zoo, ocean walks, national parks, and visits with her nephews, great niece
and great nephews. Carole spent her life through young adulthood in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in her large extended family at Westchester Christian Church, going to camps and also taking some memorable family train and car trips to visit her grandparents in Indiana and Texas. She attended Westchester High School, where she sang in the choir and played trumpet in the marching band. After high school, she toured and sang with the Up With People organization throughout the United States and Europe from 1968 through 1973. She formed many life-long friendships with her cast mates, with whom she was fondly known as “Jax”. When Carole made a friend, she had a friend for life. She had many friends from her childhood days and throughout her life with whom she was still in active contact. After leaving the Up With People organization, she returned to Westchester, and attended the University of Southern California, where she would receive her bachelors and masters degrees in Education. Carole was a Trojan for life, and loved cheering them on, especially if she knew they were playing a rival college (Notre Dame). Still living in Westchester after college, and while working a brief stand as an examiner for the California DMV, Carole met the love of her life Bruce Alan Stevens at the Westchester church and was married on June 13, 1981. Together, Carole and Bruce had four children - Ashley, Phillip, William, and Makayla. Additionally, Carole was a proud step-mother to Bruce’s three sons, Michael, Christopher, and Jeffrey. Carole was an educator for more than 30 years in California and Idaho, teaching children of all ages and grade levels throughout her career. Her passion; however, was for the early elementary age and she would end her teaching career as a 1 st grade teacher at Xavier Elementary in Twin Falls, Idaho. Carole loved each student who came to her classroom unconditionally and maintained longstanding friendships with many of them as they grew older. She was passionate about special education and warmly welcomed students of all abilities into her classrooms. Carole and Bruce’s love for children expanded into serving as foster parents in Twin Falls, taking care of numerous children, and eventually adopting their daughter Makayla in 2004.
Carole was a lifelong Disney parks fan and her memories of taking her family to Disneyland remained some of her most cherished. When her granddaughter Mia was born in November 2020, Carole reacted to the news by exclaiming “and now we can take her to Disneyland!” Carole loved spending time with Mia, and would sing songs to her ranging from the “Kit Kat” theme to “Happy Birthday” on one of her final visits with her beloved granddaughter. She would always light up with a vision of recognition and love during Mia’s visits.
Carole is preceded in death by her husband Bruce Alan Stevens, her mother Jewel Mae Jackson, and her father Phillip Hozzie Jackson. She is survived by her brother Bill (Chris) Jackson of San Diego, CA, her daughters Ashley (Dave) Stuart of Salt Lake City, UT, Makayla Lynn Adema of Spokane, WA, her sons Phillip (Rachael) Stevens of Twin Falls, ID, William Stevens of New Orleans, LA, step-sons Michael Stevens of Edmond, OK, Christopher (Melissa) Stevens of Broken Arrow, OK, and Jeffrey (Dayle) Stevens of Twin Falls. She is also survived by her granddaughter Mia Stuart.
The family is requesting in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 in her memory. A Celebration of Life service will be held on August 27, 2022 at 11:00 am at Rosenau Funeral Home at 2826 Addison Ave in Twin Falls, ID. The family hopes that you will keep Carole’s memory alive by singing along to your favorite song, snuggling up with your favorite pet, or making a new friend for life. Carole was the easiest person to love and will be missed tremendously by all who knew and loved her back.
“I know that grief comes in waves. That’s why I intend to be with you throughout this difficult journey.”
She seemed like Such an innocent spirit with a funny and great personality. ❤️😍🙏 deepest prayers with all of my heart.
Chris has shared much of her love for Carol and the adventures she and carol’s brother, Bill, had together, my sympathies to the family for their loss, she was much beloved by all and will always be missed. May you find comfort in her memory and family time reminiscing.
I thank the Lord that you got to be a part of our wedding 4 years ago and that I got to dance with you:) Rachael loved each and every moment she spent with you and fondly remembers your trips to get coffee every day:)
Thank you so much for being the best mom a son could ever ask for. You never gave up on me and I am a better person because of you:) You helped teach me how to love unconditionally and you and dad showed me what a real, loving marriage looks like:) Thank you for going to all of my sports games growing up and especially for being there when I got hit in the head with a pitch when I was in 3rd grade and taking me for ice cream after:) Thank you and dad for all of the trips to Dodger stadium and Disneyland growing up:) Rachael and I are keeping our family love of Disney alive:)
Also, please don’t worry about Charlie. He is laying here cuddling me now and Rach and I love him with all of our hearts, but that love is nothing compared to the way you loved him:) Having him here makes us always feel close to you:) We want you to know how much Moxie and Kione love and miss you too! Thank you for always watching Moxie so we could go on trips or attend sporting games out of town:) She loved her time with her grandma and I remember how it seemed like she would rather spend time with you, than with us when we were all around:) Kione also will always remember the love you showed him, especially when you let him and the other dogs play in the water on hot days:)
We Miss you and we love you very much and we know you and dad are watching over us and the dogs forever:)
Until the day when we are all together again:)
Phillip, Rachael, 🐾🐾Charlie, Moxie and Kione🐾🐾❤️❤️❤️
I’m soo sorry for your loss Mrs. Stevens was my daughter’s teacher at Xavier charter school, what an amazing human. God rest her beautiful soul
I just so loved your mom! She was there for me in a really hard time in my life! She showed me how important it is to love unconditionally and through the difficult times. I am sad to hear of her passing but so thankful for the freedom she is living in now! Hugs to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed!
We always have a smile and a light in pur hearts when we think of Carole. So sorry she is gone too soon. Blessings to you and the family.
Carole was always fun and easy to be around… I met her in 1967 in Up With People during the international summer conference in NY. We maintained our friendship over the years starting while she was at USC and I was privileged to sing at her wedding. She was a true bright spot with a big heart and contagious laugh. Her passion for children almost goes without saying.
Along with many others, she was a gift for which I’m grateful.
I'm deeply sorry to hear of your loss, and I hope Carole has found peace. I didn't know her, but my son goes to Xavier. I'm so grateful that her vision and joy of teaching had such a huge impact on the community, it's children and the culture that lives on Xavier. My love and gratitude, Jennifer