MOBLEY—Carol Marion (Jones) Mobley, 76, of Florence, passed away Oct. 23, 2017. Carol was born Nov. 27,1940, toBruce and Lucille Jones inEugene,Ore. She was raised with her three younger siblings — Loraine, Gail and Larry — between Eugene and ultimately Florence, where they explored their avid love of the outdoors.
She attended Siuslaw High School, where she met her future husband, Ben Mobley, who had just moved to town from Oklahoma. They were married four years later on June 13, 1959, and spent their first years together while Ben was serving in the U.S. Army from 1960-64. In June 1962, they welcomed their first son, Benjamin “Benny” Bruce and, two years later, they were blessed with twins Lorrie Kay and Jack Clifford.
The three of them kept Carol’s hands full, whether she was acting Cub Scout dorm mom, shuffling kiddos to guitar or choir lessons, or just simply trying to keep them safe as they attempted to race dirt bikes and cars on the back roads and trails of Rose Hill Road.
Carol was an incredible wife, mother, sister and grandmother, and someone who never met a stranger. She was never too shy to “break the ice” and had a laugh that would light up a room and everyone in it. And while she would never consider herself a “girly girl,” Carol never met a perm she didn’t like.
She was funny and hardworking, endearing and honest to a fault, and she always knew how to turn a phrase. Carol taught her family and close friends to be proud of who you are, regardless of where you came from, and that to be “rich in family and friends” was the best kind of wealth you can acquire.
Carol was a consummate teacher and a friend, and was the soul of patience. She spent as much of her free time as possible out in nature, and reveled in getting her hands dirty in the garden. She schooled her children and grandchildren about the local fauna and flora (including teaching the best way to capture salamanders up the old spring road); she was a kind spirit, an animal lover and someone who lived life to the fullest; she was also a wonderful artist. In her free time, she spent hundreds of hours toll painting with friends, wood-working, crocheting or sewing blankets for the lucky recipients of her beautiful gifts.
Carol spent much of her working years waitressing, and was someone that the community looked forward to visiting with — whether it be at the local Elks Club, Charl’s Restaurant or Morgan’s Country Kitchen.
In her later years, she worked with her daughter-in-law as a receptionist at Carlson Wagonlit Travel, which she retired from in 2015.
Carol is remembered by all whose life she changed for the better, and especially her dot- ing grandchildren, who were blessed to have been by her side when she passed peacefully in the wee hours of the morning.
She is survived by her sons: Benny and Jack of Florence, Ore.; six grandchildren and their spouses; eight great grandchildren; three siblings and their spouses; and countless nieces, nephews and “adopted” family members who were lucky enough to love this special lady along the way.
Carol left this world so much better than when she arrived, and we were — each and every one of us — so fortunate to know a woman like her.
Join in celebrating the life of this amazing women on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. at Florence Christian Church, 990 Second St., in Florence.
In lieu of flowers, consider donating to Florence Garden Club, P.O. Box 2442, in Memory of Carol Mobley.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.