Carol Theiss
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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Carol Lynne Michael Theiss who was born in Ohio on April 28, 1956 and lost her battle with Cancer  on November 29, 2004 at the age of 48. We will remember and love  her forever. 

"Live Like You Were Dyin'"

He said I was in my early 40's,
With a lot of life before me,
And a moment came that stopped me on a dime.
I spent most of the next days, lookin' at the x-rays,
Talkin' 'bout the options and talkin' 'bout sweet time.
Asked him when it sank in, that this might really be the real end.
How's it hit ya, when you get that kind of news.
Man what ya do.
And he says,


I went sky divin',
I went rocky mountain climbin',
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull name Fumanchu.
And I loved deeper,
And I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I've been denying,
And he said someday I hope you get the chance,
To live like you were dyin'.

He said I was finally the husband,
That most the time I wasn't.
And I became a friend a friend would like to have.
And all the sudden goin' fishing,
Wasn't such an imposition.
And I went three times that year I lost my dad.
Well I finally read the good book,
And I took a good long hard look at what I'd do
If I could do it all again.
And then.


Like tomorrow was a gift and you've got eternity
To think about what you do with it,
What could you do with it, what can
I do with with it, what would I do with it.

Sky divin',
I went rocky mountain climbin',
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull name Fumanchu.
And I loved deeper,
And I spoke sweeter,
And I watched an eagle as it was flyin'.
And he said someday I hope you get the chance,
To live like you were dyin'.

To live like you were dyin'.
To live like you were dyin'.
To live like you were dyin'.
To live like you were dyin'.


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Tributes and Condolences
Hey...  / Hayley Hilton Theiss (GrandDaughter)
Hey, Mama. It's Hayley here! Haha... I really miss you. Even if I don't remember you, I know we had good memories. I'm a big ole 13 year old!! Uhm... I'm goin though some stuff... You should know all about it. I know you are watching down on us from ...  Continue >>
9 years....   / Stacey Hilton (Daughter)
Wow....9 years has passed! It seems like only yesterday we were all gathered in your hospital room, telling you goodbye for the very last time! I still remember that morning as if it was yesterday....I can remember every detail....down to the skunk w...  Continue >>
I miss and Love you!!   / Hayley Hilton Theiss (Grand-kid)
Well mama it is all most my birthday with out you and Nana and gradma wich my Birthday won't be the same with out y'all. Momma told that the told me what happend to you and i said" You are in cevin with the care bears" and it is true. i lov...  Continue >>
I love you!!   / Hayley Hilton Theiss (Grand-kid)
Well Mama it has been 8 years and some mounthes and well i miss you. What made me came across this well i was googleing my self like am idot and found this site i did not know what it was so i cliked on it and saw about how we all miss you and love y...  Continue >>
Another birthday without you   / Stacey H. (daughter)
Wow....didn't realize it had been so long since I posted here! Time goes by so darn fast! Today you would have been 57 years old! I often wonder what life would be like if you were still here with us....I wonder if you would look the same, I wonder w...  Continue >>
Happy 53rd Birthday Mom!!  / Stacey Hilton (Daughter)    Read >>
The years are flying by...  / Roger Michael (Brother)    Read >>
Another year has passed.....  / Stacey Hilton (Daughter)    Read >>
3 Year Ago  / Stacey Hilton (Daughter)    Read >>
Where has the time gone?  / Roger Michael (Brother)    Read >>
Another birthday....  / Stacey Hilton (Daughter)    Read >>
Happy Birthday! I miss you!  / Roger Michael (Brother)    Read >>
Hard to believe....  / Stacey Hilton (Daughter)    Read >>
I Think Of You Often, Carol  / Rosemary Stader (Friend)    Read >>
carol / Brad Reynolds (friend)    Read >>
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Her legacy
A poem for Mom  
Carol L. Theiss  
Carol Lynne Michael Theiss was born on April 28, 1956 to Gerald Edward and Gloria Irene Fischer Michael, the third of six children. She was a sister to Brenda, Gary, Roger, Dennis, and Debra.  She gave birth to two children....Stacey Irene on June 25, 1974 and Matthew Alan on March 28, 1978.  She became a grandmother for the first time on January 8, 1998 when Tristan Michael Theiss was born to Stacey.  She also had three other grandchildren....Natalie Brooke Jackson was born on December 27, 1999, Hayley Lynne Hilton Theiss was born on November 9, 2001 and Vincent Allen Theiss was born on February 11, 2002.  She was an aunt to Shelly, Tara, Tiffany, Chais and Macie, and a great aunt to Kayla, Tyler , Tori, Jaden and Georgia.
Carol worked very hard all her life and was working at McBee Systems in Athens, Ohio until she became too ill to work.  She was also part of the Pinsplitters Bowling League in Gallipolis, Ohio, again until she became too ill to play!
She loved life and lived it to the fullest!  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother as well as daughter and sister!  She will definitely be loved and missed by a lot of people.
Her Fight for Life!!!  
Carol had health problems pretty much all her life. As a child, she had kidney problems, and that progressed into her 30's.  In 1988, doctors discovered she had a third kidney that was not functioning and was more than likely causing the problems with her other two kidneys. So, doctors at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, WV removed the third kidney in April 1988.  Everything was going good for her, until August 15, 1999.  She had a heart attack at the age of 43.  She was having chest pains and what she thought was indigestion, so her little sister Debbie drove her to Holzer Medical Center, where they told her she had had a heart attack and they Lifeflighted her to Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  They did a heart catheritization on her to find out that two of her main arteries were pretty much clogged and sceduled open heart surgery for her.  She had double bypass surgery and was out of the hospital and home in a week!!  She was doing really good after that and went back to work at Gavin Plant shortly after recovering from her surgery.  One evening in October, as she was driving home from Gavin, the man in front of her fell asleep at the wheel and hit a telephone pole, sending the pole into Carol's Ford Ranger, through the windshield, just inches from her head!! God was definitely with her that day!!!
Carol was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer in March of 2003. That story starts on February 14, 2003 when she had a hysterectomy.  After she healed from that, they discovered a blood clot near her bladder.  They removed the blood clot and found "something" and tested it.  About a week later, she got the news that she had Bladder Cancer.  But the outcome was good.  They said they could remove the bladder and she would just have to live with a bag for the rest of her life, but that would get rid of the cancer!  They went in to remove the bladder, only to find that the cancer had spread to right outside of the bladder.  They started her on Chemotherapy on June 25, 2003, my 29th birthday!  She went through chemo a few months and the tumors had shrunk enough to have the bladder removed.  The bladder was removed on November 7, 2003.  We all tought everything was fine then, until they did another scan and discovered that the cancer had again spread a little.  She had three small tumors on her liver!  So, more chemo!  She was in and out of the hospital on and off for a year.  She would have months when she felt great and then others when she felt terrible!  I got the call on November 23, 2004 from my Uncle Roger that Mom was back in the hospital and this time didn't look good and we should get to the hospital as soon as we could. Her liver had failed and everything was shutting down.  So, my husband Lewis and I packed the kids up and drove the 2 1/2 hours to the hospital to be with her.  She held on almost a week before going to the Lord on November 29, 2004 at 3:09AM.  She had her whole family around her. Myself and my brother were there holding her hands, while her brothers Roger and Gary and sisters Brenda and Debbie and her sister in law Lynn and daughter in law Jennifer were there at her side also!  She went peacefully to the Lord and I know that she is now in a much better place where she is no longer suffering and in pain!!!
May I Go?  

I got this poem from a support group I am in on MSN.  The girl that posted it didn't know the author, so not sure who wrote it but I liked it, so I'm gonna put it here!!!  It reminds me of Mom!!!

May I Go?

May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
May I say good-bye to the
pain-filled days and endless nights?
I've lived my life and done my best,
an example I tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my sail free?
I didn't want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now,
to a warm and loving light.
I want to go, I really do,
It's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best as I can
to live just one more day.
To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and are afraid
because I see you tears.
I'll not be far, I promise that,
and hope you'll always know
that my spirit will be close to you
wherever you may go.
Thank you so much for loving me
You know I love you too,
that's why it's so hard to say good-bye
and end this life with you.
So hold me now, just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
You'll let me go today!

Our Family Chain  

Our Family Chain

We little knew that morning
That God would call your name.
In life we loved you dearly;
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you,
You are always by our side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

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