Carol Loy Surber
On October 19 1937, Carol Loy Schriver was born in a farmhouse outside of Gothenburg, NE to Kenneth and Betty Schriver. She was the fifth child in a family of seven children. On December 4th 2022, she slipped away peacefully, surrounded by love, to join her loved ones in Heaven.
Carol had a very happy childhood and by age 7, she was helping with the family milk business. She started out washing milk bottles and capping them once filled. By age 12, if she wasn’t driving the milk truck, she was running the bottles to the door and collecting the empty ones. That dairy business grew into a small grocery store that continued to operate until 1996. Something else special happened when Carol was 12. She accepted Jesus into her heart and found a forever friend. This was the moment that changed everything. She found a light that would guide her for the rest of her life.
In her senior year of high school, Carol became engaged to Fred and began planning her wedding. But, the boy that dunked her in the pool in grade school and walked her home a couple of times in Junior High, was back in town. After 4 nights of walking, talking and falling in love, Carol had to write a “Dear John” letter to Fred. She continued planning her wedding, she simply changed the groom! After 10 years of marriage, living in 4 states and having 4 children, Larry and Carol Surber settled in Lincoln, NE.
Carol was the epitome of a homemaker. Never without makeup and lipstick, dinner on the table at 5:30, pancakes on Saturday morning, roast and potatoes after church on Sunday. Along with running the home, she had several side gigs. Amway, Color Consultant, American Baptist Women, Christian Education Board, Christian Women’s Club executive board and gourmet cook. She was a circuit speaker for Stonecroft Ministries where she spoke at over 100 venues throughout the years, teaching about forgiveness. The teaching of forgiveness was her life’s calling after the passing of her son Jake. Because of what she experienced, she was able to lead hundreds of lost and broken people to Christ. This was her silver lining. Just recently, she went back through the thank you letters that she received over the years. This brought her a sense of purpose and immense joy.
Carol is survived by daughter Kelly (Don Gray), son David (Lauren Adrover-Surber) and daughter Jennifer (Jason Adkisson); sisters Arita Wilson and Vicki (Larry Kinnan). Grandchildren Jessica, Leanne, Rebekah, Jake, Joey, Jude and Luke. 5 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.
She is preceded in death by husband Larry, son Jake, son-in-law Dave, sisters Betty Ann and Janet and brothers Kay and Gene.
The family has entrusted Aspen Cremation and Burial Services with the arrangements. A Praise Service is scheduled for 1:30pm Saturday January 14, 2022 at First Baptist Church 14th and K Lincoln, NE. Reception to follow. As a memorial to Carol, please look inside your heart and forgive whatever or whoever has a hold over you. Through God, you have grace. Grace is the act of forgiving. Open your heart to love and acceptance, let it go and move on.
The service may be streamed via zoom here.
Meeting ID: 848 2971 4204
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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
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What a privilege it has been to share church-family fellowship with Carol and Larry, both at First B and now at FBCL. : ) The warmth of their love for Jesus, for each other and for their own family has been a shining light for joy, through all the challenges and blessings. Carol and Larry’s commitment to willingly forgive, no matter how great the harm done, continues to call each of us to join them daily in our own journey, to be fully faithful, staying close to Jesus as we are led.
How great will be our joy as we can look forward to being re-united in the on-going perfect fellowship of Love Divine.
Bob and Lori Fairchild
To the family of Carol Surber—
We send our deepest sympathy for your loss. Carol was a precious friend, a Godly woman, and an amazing example of forgiveness and love for Jesus. Our lives have been blessed to have known her. We miss her.
Bill and Marsha Dic
Carol leaves childhood memories for me. I was a friend of her sister Vicki, and she put up with elementary nuisances!! She was so beautiful and I looked up to her for the kindness she ALWAYS showed me. She is at Home with her family now and how joyful that has to be for her – Christmas in Heaven with Jesus !! And her family. All my memories turned to treasures December 4❤️ Heaven just got a little bit better that day as well. Thanks Carol for who you were to me.
Carol and Larry were long-time friends at First Baptist. We enjoyed fellowship with them, worked together with them on boards and committees, and were welcomed into their home and treated to their hospitality. They were excellent models in so many areas: their commitment to Christ, their faithful service, their forgiving spirits, and their strong marriage. We will miss their friendship and their bright lights which shone for Jesus.
Terry and I have treasured their friendship at the church as well as the community, Carol, you will be missed by many people. Your shining light will be on forever. God Bless
I admit we were not close friends in these later years ! Larry and I were in most of the electrical engineering classes together with many others . We were quite a bunch of ex-service guys on the G.I. Bill;. I was Navy and I believe Larry was Air Force ? In latter years we lived about 4 or 5 blocks apart both on Stockwell Street . I remember Larry walking the Streets down town with pictures and information when their Son became missing !
CHRIST’S PEACE and LOVE to you Carol ! REST IN PEACE .
My heart is saddened but I’m rejoicing with the heavenly hosts and excited for Carol as she is now in Jesus’ arms🎵🙏
Carol was a dear sister-in-Christ whom I met through Stonecroft Ministries Lincoln Womens Connection many years ago. We did Bible Studies together, shared rooms at conferences and prayed together❤️
What a delightful friendship we had and a beautiful friend she was both inside and out as she shared Jesus with everyone she met🙏. I love you Carol❣️🎵🌟—Marilyn
To the Family of Carol Surber: My mom and I became acquainted with Carol through Christian Women’s Club and Mom really was blessed to know Carol through her strong Christian faith through Bible study. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Your mom truly fit the definition of a Proverbs 31 woman who loved the Lord and her family.
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very special person. I remember babysitting for you guys. You’re in my prayers
My mom will miss her sister very much and I will miss my aunt. Aunt Carol has always been one of my favorite aunts and she has given me a lot of good spiritual advice and teaching. I have told her that but I should have told her again recently. I know it’s so hard for you, Jennifer and for David and Kelly. I’m praying for you all and I love you all very much! Hope to talk to you soon.♥️♥️♥️