Caroline Elizabeth Caves went to be with her love on December, 2, 2018.  Caroline was born on September 29, 1935 to Mary (Hogben) and Leonard Kron and spent her childhood years growing up west of Bowdoin.  As a child she was educated at Straiter School and graduated at the age of 16.  A few months after graduating Caroline was approached and told she was qualified to teach the Second Creek country school, as the district didn’t have a teacher for the upcoming school year.  With no doubt in her mind she happily accepted the position and became a teacher at the young age of 16.

Caroline married Robert Wolfe in 1953. From this marriage three children were born Denice, Lee and Nyla.  They all moved to Worland, Wyoming where Caroline waitressed at the Washakie Motel.  Caroline divorced Robert Wolfe and moved to the Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs and ran the café starting in 1962.

She then found a house in Saco, Montana and moved her and her children in to town.  Caroline bartended at Jake’s Bar when it was located in the basement of the Big Dome Motel.  During this time she met Richard Caves and instantly fell in love with him.  They married shortly after on May 5, 1973.  One child was born from this union, Robert.

Caroline was a highly accomplished educator and mentor too many.  She wore several hats and lended a helping hand wherever she could help.  In her time on earth she worked as a teacher (educating from kindergarten to welding), substitute teacher, bartender, radio dj, Glasgow Police Department dispatcher, Sunday school and youth group teacher, writer for The Phillips County Newspaper and The Glasgow Courier, an EMT for The Phillips County Ambulance, served on the Phillips County Library Board and the Malta Food Bank Board.  Caroline loved to cook and catered many FFA banquets.  One could always look forward to her popcorn cakes at Christmas time and her amazing down home cooking.

Caroline and Dick had a love like most dream of and a desire to help others.  In the early 1990’s they opened their home to foster children.  Their hearts and home were overflowing with love and joy for all 43 children that stayed in their home. Dick and Caroline encouraged each of the 43 children to follow their dreams and achieve their goals. They were honored with the award of Montana Foster Parents of the year.

One was always welcome at the Caves Ranch and you could always find her in the kitchen cooking or baking or being in her many rock gardens tending to her flowers or vegetables. You never left her home without a full belly.  She was an avid card player with her many hand signals at pinochle and one line sentences like, “I’d sure like to go to Queens England.” And asking Dick, “How long have we been married?”  Once you understood her lines and signals the card games became interesting.  She would outwit many during Trivial Pursuit game.  There wasn’t anything that you could get by her with.  She knew everything you thought of doing or had already done.  Caroline will be missed by many as she made an impact on many people’s lives.

Caroline is survived by four children Denice Wolfe, Lee (Debbie) Wolfe, Nyla (Les) Bush, and Robert (Rhonda Wittmier) Caves. 13 grandchildren Joshua, Kim, Brandi, Sarah, Alex, Gabriel, Eric, Benjamin “Russell”, Sally, Eli, Christopher, Colton, Marshall, and 26 great grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters Coleen (Bob) Banderob, Kurt (Sue) Kron, Bruce (Carol) Kron, Gordon (Pam) Kron, and Kathleen (Bob) Lumsden.

She is preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Mary and the love of her life Dick Caves.

A Celebration of Life will take place to honor Caroline on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Saco IOOF Hall.  After the celebration there will be a community potluck and jam session. Please attend and share your memories and love of music like Caroline had. 

Guest Book

From: Barbara Schlocker

We met as volunteers at the food bank and continued as friends at Red Hat bi-monthly coffees. I will so miss listening to your wonderful life adventures. God will so enjoy you. You will always be in my heart. Barb

From: Diane F Smith

Deepest sympathy goes out to all of Caroline's family and friends. May she rest in peace. She was a classmate of mine at Malta High School.

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