Carol Gilliland, age 76 of Perry, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Perry Lutheran Home in Perry, IA. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Perry. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Perry. Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery at Perry IA. Memorials will be given to the American Cancer Society and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. 

            Carol Lea Gilliland was born on September 4, 1941 at Perry, IA to Roy and Mary Jane (Porter) Gardiner. She attended school at the Gardiner Consolidated School and then Perry High School. She was united in marriage to Ronald D. Gilliland at the First Methodist Church in Perry on August 30, 1957. She was the manager at the Stokely Lumber Company, worked part time at Parker's Flowers and then finally at the Wiese Corporation, retiring in 2003.

            She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Business and Professional Women’s Club in Perry, where she was the first woman to be named, Business Woman of The Year. After retirement she volunteered at the Rowley Masonic Community and at the Perry Lutheran Home. She enjoyed making floral arrangements, which she did for the altar at church. She liked to do quilting, knitting, sewing, and learned to play the guitar later in life. She enjoyed the trip that Ronnie and she took to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and a motor cycle trip to Rapid City, SD. She loved hosting family gatherings on the holidays.

            In death she rejoins her husband Ronnie, parents, Roy and Mary Jane Gardiner.

            Left to cherish Carol’s memory are her, children, Leah (Jim) McWilliams, Des Moines, IA, Chuck Gilliland, Perry, IA and Ron "Bud" (Keela) Gilliland, Jr. Glendale, AZ, 4 grandchildren, 7 great grandsons and 2 brothers, Dave (Joyce) Gardiner, Johnston, IA and Tom (Nancy) Gardiner, Perry, IA.

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