Carol Joy (Wirig) Buckley


Carol Joy (Wirig) Buckley, 88, died Saturday, Aug. 22, in Lyman. She was born on Sept. 18, 1931, in Evanston, a daughter of Frank Earl and Maude Annie (Hutchinson) Wirig and the younger of two children.

Carol graduated from Evanston High School and the University of Wyoming, where she received dual Bachelor of Science degrees with Honors in home economics and nursing. Upon graduation, she worked as a nurse at the Uinta County Memorial Hospital. She met the love of her life — Jack H. Buckley — at an Evanston street dance. They married in the Logan Utah Temple on June 27, 1955.

The newlyweds moved to Laramie so Jack could complete his agricultural education degree at the University of Wyoming. Meanwhile, Carol taught classes in the university’s College of Nursing and worked part-time as a graduate nurse at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.

After Jack’s graduation, they moved to Manila, Utah, where Carol was hired as the acting director of the Daggett County Health Department. She also taught a combined second- and third-grade elementary class.

The Buckley family moved to Lyman in 1961. Carol was hired by Uinta County School District No. 6, where she taught kindergarten and fifth grade at Lyman Elementary School and junior high English and reading. She was employed as district school nurse for 13 years and district library media specialist at Lyman High School from 1969 to 1994. Carol was selected as the Wyoming Young Educator of the Year in 1966.

An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Carol served in many callings and could often be found ministering to those in her ward and community. Carol and Jack served together in the Philippines Quezon City Mission.

Carol touched countless lives through her teaching, nursing, church and community service. Her infectious smile, generous hugs, and genuine “I love yous” expressed to family and friends stand as a memorial to this amazing and talented woman.

Carol is survived by her brother, Frank Harold Wirig; her six children: John William Buckley (Diane), Jill (Steve Neff), Heidi (Mark Jaggi), Mark Wirig Buckley, Michael Duke Buckley (Geeta), Jay Harry Buckley (Becky); 23 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Interment will be in the Lyman Cemetery under the arrangements of the Crandall Funeral Home.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services will be limited to the immediate family. Friends who wish to pay their respects may meet family members at the Lyman Stake Center pavilion Friday afternoon between 2-3 p.m. Please wear a mask.

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