Carrie Elkin

Carolyn “Carrie” Elkin, 76, of Webster City, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family April 25, 2024. She lived a full life talking around campfires with friends, traveling the world, and hosting tea parties with her granddaughter.

Carolyn was born November 9, 1947, in Davenport, Iowa to Lester Eugene Sissel and Helen (Moeller) Sissel. As a young family, they spent time fishing and driving to extended family for Sunday dinners. In high school, Carolyn worked at the local Maid-Rite, participated in theater, and went to dances with friends in nearby Stanwood. After graduating from Tipton High School, Carrie attended Iowa Central Community College in Webster City. It was there she met Darle Elkin, where it was love at second sight. They married on January 19, 1969, and spent the next year in Okinawa where Darle was stationed in the Air Force. After a year of island life, they were stationed in Montana, then, moved back to Webster City to start farming. The couple spent the next few decades trying not to go broke and building their life together. Like most superheroes, Carrie worked difficult jobs like driving the grain cart, riding beans, and working in the hog operation by day. Then, she would dress up and serve as the vice-president of the Hamilton County Pork Producer Porkettes by night. Carrie believed in empowering women and children. She was a member of the NR Chapter of PEO and served as a 4-H leader. She also taught Sunday School classes for many years and led the high school youth group at Asbury United Methodist Church with Darle. The couple lived for fun weekends with the Pairs ‘n Spares group from church and close friends called the Fearsome Foursome. Together they camped, boated, water skied, canoed, snowmobiled, and vacationed, with only a few injuries and a lot of laughs. She also enjoyed crafting with the aptly named “Messers Club.” In later years, Carrie kept busy at the Gingerbread House, sewing and quilting, and going on sewing and quilting shopping trips. She also loved hosting pool parties and was never one to turn down a fresh-baked brownie.

She is survived by her husband, Darle Elkin, daughter Gina (Brad) Adam, granddaughter Alina Adam, brother Craig (Cheryl) Sissel, sister Shelly (Randy) Davis, sister-in-law Joan (Tom) Greiner and nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents. A visitation and celebration of life will be held Tuesday, April 30 from 5-7p in Fellowship Hall at Asbury United Methodist Church with a short scripture and music at 6p. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carrie’s honor may be made to Kendall Young Library. Foster Funeral and Cremation Center is entrusted with caring for the family.