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Karol Ann Caldwell, 62, of Bonham entered life eternal on Nov. 3, 2010, due to complications from paralysis. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 
She was born Jan. 8, 1948, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, to Jack and Ozella Dollarhide Caldwell. Karol worked as a physician’s secretary at the V.A. Nursing Home in Bonham, where coworkers described her as full of life, with a smile always on her face. Despite being paralyzed in a tragic auto accident when she was a young adult, her spirit was indomitable. Karol believed she was left here on earth rather than dying in the car crash in order to do good things. She was the type of person who sometimes referred to her wheelchair as a “freedom machine” because it allowed her to continue to work and live her life. She went back to school in her late 50s and earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M-West Texas in special education and social services. Words cannot describe the inspiration she was to all who encountered her.   
Karol is survived by her sister-in-law, Marilyn Caldwell of Rockwall and Aunt Estella Lemoine of Muskogee, Okla.; nieces Kimberly Boggs of Greenville, Kelly Colbert and Kathy Crane of Rockwall; nephew Kevin Lee Caldwell of Dallas; nine great-nieces and nephews, one great-great-niece; one great-great-nephew and many other relatives and friends. Each of them can tell you Karol never forgot a birthday or graduation. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jimmy Lee Caldwell and one great-nephew.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m., Nov. 9, at the VA Hospital Chapel with VA chaplains officiating the service. Arrangements were under the direction of Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home in Bonham.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, Texas 75356; or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2929 Carlisle, Ste. 230, Dallas, Texas 75204.
To convey condolences or sign an online registry, visit www.coopersorrells.com or sign a guest book at www.rockwallheraldbanner.com.
Published on  November 12, 2010
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