Carma Lee Caylor was born in Chariton, Iowa on October 18, 1952. She was a daughter of Forrest and Nina (Iverson) Caylor. Carma graduated from Knoxville High School in Knoxville, Iowa and during high school was active in band. She then attended nurses training at Des Moines Area Community College. On February 6, 1970, she and Steven Gregg Pickering were united in marriage at Knoxville. To this union five children were born: Gregg Lee, Julie Marie, Tamie Dawn, Michelle Lynn and Steven Gregg, Jr. Carma and Steven lived all their married lifetime in the Knoxville area where he was employed as the Pizza Hut manager and managed a service station and worked as a mechanic until his health necessitated an early retirement in 1979. Carma devoted her life to their children and as a nurse. She was employed at the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Knoxville Area Community Hospital. Following the death of her husband, Steven, on December 2, 1991, at the young age of 37 years Carma continued living in Harvey, Iowa until moving to be with her daughter, Julie, in Des Moines, Iowa in July, 2016. Carma passed away there on Monday, August 29, 2016, at the age of 63 years. Those who will cherish her memory are her five children and their families: Gregg and Sherrie (Evans) Pickering of Knoxville, Iowa; Julie Handeland and her fiancé, Draper Sims of Des Moines, Iowa; Tamie Ryken and her fiancé, Glenn Higby of Carroll, Iowa; Michelle Watson of Des Moines, Iowa; Steven and Kim (Godlove) Pickering, Jr. of Knoxville, Iowa.
Carma was the last surviving member of her original family. Preceding her in death beside her husband, Steven, was a grandson, Bradley Pickering; her parents, Forrest and Nina Caylor and a step-father, Milton Risbeck; an infant sister, Cynthia, her sister, Myrtle Breuklander and two brothers: Clarence "Bud" Caylor and De Wayne Caylor; along with her parents-in-law, Jerry James and Thelma Lorene (Vroegh) Pickering. Carma was a crafty person who enjoyed scrapbooking, candle making and coloring and painting. She enjoyed horses 'Pokey", had an affinity for cats and was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, September 3, at the St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Knoxville. Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on September 6, 2016