Carolyn Woods Kammer passed peacefully in Hospice Care Center, Saturday, August 22, 2020.
Carolyn was born in Rossville, GA to Bart and Virginia Woods on February 11, 1936. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 45 years, Elmer D. Kammer, Sr; her parents; her eldest sister, Mary Anne Spencer; her youngest brother, Eddy Woods, her stepson, E. David Kammer, Jr., a nephew and a niece.
She is survived by two sisters, Jo Woods Frederickson Banzhoff and Sherry Woods Flegal (Danny), her brother, Buddy Woods (Theresa), her two stepchildren, Bert Kammer (Gail) and Star Kammer Eaker (Bob), step-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A hard worker all her life, she had a passion for entertaining, food and people. She began her work experience as a teenager working in a little restaurant in Rossville. Followed by working at Miller Brothers Department store selling shoes. She also worked for several years at Hill Employment Agency. She spent most of her work life as an employee of Chattanooga City Schools Food Service Department which later merged with Hamilton County Food Service for a combined total of 30 years. Her final job, a job that she loved, was working at the Cracker Barrel in Ooltewah after her retirement.
In 1978 she and two of her longtime friends, Margaret Allen (deceased) and Linda Langston started KAL Caterers catering company. With the help of her friends and family, she catered countless weddings over the years. The first wedding she catered was for her baby sister, Sherry Woods Flegal. The last wedding she catered was for her cherished niece, Hope Flegal Mugfor. She not only catered weddings but also many social functions. Among her favorites were the events that she catered for Rone Regency Jewelers, the Tennessee Wholesale house, Tyner United Methodist Church, the many meals that she prepared for the Chattanooga City School Board meetings, and events for her neighborhood in Ooltewah, Collier Place.
Carolyn liked the finer things. She loved to find treasures. She spent hours in antique stores. Her homes were full of her findings. She loved to give gifts. Carolyn and Elmer both spoiled their pets and all the neighborhood dogs knew where to come to get a treat. Carolyn and Elmer were season ticket holders for the Chattanooga Lookouts and loved going to the games. They loved traveling, gardening and spoiling their grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Their travels took them many places, but nowhere was more special to them than The Reef in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was there, on these annual trips, that they forged lifelong friendships.
The family is grateful that Carolyn found the perfect place to live when she decided that keeping up a private residence was no longer what she wanted. We would like to thank Creekside at Shallowford for being the perfect home for her. It was there that she found her wonderful friend, Kit Donnellan, a true gift from God.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 4th at 1:30 pm in the funeral home chapel with burial following at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
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The family will receive friends Friday, September 4th from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road.
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