Mary Carolyn Sivley Minnich, 83, passed into the larger life Friday evening, February 12, 2021. Carolyn is survived by her loving and devoted husband of nearly 50 years David M. Minnich, her sisters, Barbara Waters and Kay Coffelt, sisters-in-law Joann Sivley and Anna Pelfrey and an extended family of favored nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Russell Milo and Ethel Doris Sivley, brothers William (Bill) Sivley, Kenneth (Bud) Sivley, Calvin Sivley, and sisters Virginia Turner, Dorothea Slayton, and Betty Holt.

Carolyn was a native Chattanoogan, born March 15, 1937, and attended Mountain Creek Elementary and Red Bank High schools where she received an accolade for perfect attendance for the entirety of her time in school. She was an awarded employee in Hamilton County government where she retired as Director of Courts and Civil Process for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. Carolyn was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church and served in various volunteer capacities throughout her time as an active member. She was an animal lover, an avid gardener, and enjoyed many adventures during the past 20 years of retirement with her best friend and companion David - golfing, fishing, and actively traveling across the South and beyond.

Due to COVID restrictions the immediate family will hold a graveside service February 24, 2021 where Carolyn will be interred at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. A memorial service celebrating her life will be planned for friends and family at a later date. In lieu of flowers David asks that memorial contributions be made to the American Kidney Foundation, The American Cancer Society, or the Humane Education Society of Chattanooga.

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Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.