Carolyn Anne Prutton (Cal) Small was born on February 27, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio to Carl F. and Marie S. Prutton, Carolyn passed away on September 14, 2020. She had six siblings: Helen, John, Jean, Mary Louise, Dorothy and Carl Jr. Carolyn graduated from the Beaumont High School for Girls in 1945 and attended Purdue University where she met her husband of 62 years, Johnson R. Small (Robbie). They raised their four children in Rochester, New York. In 1973 Cal and Robbie moved to Dallas, Texas for him to continue his career with the Xerox Corporation. Following Robbie’s death in 2012, Carolyn moved to Fort Worth to be closer to family. Her final months were spent in the home of her daughter, Robin and husband David in Arlington, Texas.
Carolyn was a life-long, faithful Catholic who was very involved in her church – St. Margaret Mary in Rochester and All Saints in Dallas. She worked in retail, modeled clothing and was a wonderful homemaker and hostess. Cal was a literacy volunteer and an active member of several organizations and women’s clubs. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge and spending time with friends and family. For over 70 years, Carolyn spent vacations and summers on Cape Cod. The last 2 years of her life, one of the highlights of her week was her one-hour horseback riding lesson.
Friends easily describe Carolyn as gracious and kind with a great sense of style. She was warm and compassionate; interested in the lives of those who crossed her path. Carolyn possessed a strength that carried her through 92 years of life changes and challenges; joys and sorrows.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, and sisters Jean and Helen. She is survived by sisters Mary Louise Sutherland and Dorothy Castillo. She will be greatly missed by her four children: John, Robin Kwast (David), Sharon Link (Rob), Jim Small (Karin) as well as her treasured grandchildren: Tyler (Kirsten) Link, Ryan (Grace) Link, Tori Link, Jordan and Shannon Kwast, Dylan and Austin Small. Carolyn was looking forward to the birth of her first great-grandchild due next January.
Carolyn will be interred with Robbie at the National Cemetery on Cape Cod. The family plans to celebrate her life with a gathering next spring.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider making a donation in Carolyn’s name to Wings of Hope in Cleburne Texas where she thoroughly enjoyed riding her horse JJ. https://www.wingsofhopeequitherapy.org/
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me (Jesus). In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14: 1-3
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