In Memoriam

Caroline Still Wiren



Dear Friends:

Since this morning, emails have been coming in expressing sympathy for the sudden and tragic passing of our dear Coach, Caroline.  No words of mine can express how horrible and sad I feel about this tragedy..  I appreciate your emails and with your permission, will add them to this page, on a regular basis.

Thanks and God Bless You.

                                                                           Most Sincerely,   

                                                                                                Bill (webmaster for the sundolls sites), 7:17 pm Thursday 17th May 2007.


From:"Cynthia Keenan" <>
Date:Thu, May 17, 2007 9:44 am

I just wanted to express my deepest condolences to the Sun Dolls and anyone associated with Caroline. Our daughter has been an honorary Sun Doll for the past several years and Caroline graciously took her and her friends under her wing during their time at the games. We last saw Caroline at this year's USF auction, and she was as beautiful as always and cheering us on to win a spot again this year for our daughter. She will be incredibly missed by so many people. Her impact on the USF community at large is immeasurable.

We wish you all peace as you deal with this tragic loss. Caroline's spirit is one that will always shine brightly.

Brian and Cynthia Keenan
 The Sad and Premature Death of Caroline Wiren
From:"Silver, Bruce" <>
Date:Thu, May 17, 2007 2:17 pm

I share your shock and sadness at the death of Caroline Wiren. While a professor in the Department of Philosophy, I knew Caroline as the sales representative for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company. She was, as you and so many others know, wonderful and truly incandescent. In philosophy, we often read about death and are sometimes urged to see it as part of life, but in this case, philosophy does no good. Caroline died far too young and has left a void that no one else can fill. 

I cannot imagine how Caroline's husband and family are able to cope with her death, but please know that I wish them, you, and the Sundolls the strength to get through this very difficult time. If the funeral is open to the public, I hope that you will let me know. I would like to attend. Further, if you are aware of any charity, foundation or organization that Caroline favored, please let me know that as well. Making a contribution in her name is all that I can do.

With deep regrets,

Bruce Silver, professor emeritus
Department of Philosophy, FAO 226
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida 33620
From:"John P Johnson" <>
Date:Thu, May 17, 2007 4:16 pm

I'm Very Sorry on what happened! When I 1st heard about it this morning,I was shocked and saddened!! My prayers are with You and the Sundolls right now!!! Dr Johnny P LoveTrain-DJ at WBUL and HUGE SUPPORTER OF THE SUNDOLLS!!!!


 With deep compassion...
From:"Kristina Evans" <>
Date:Thu, May 17, 2007 8:48 pm

I first heard of Caroline's passing this afternoon as I heard a prayer request go out on the radio station I listen to for her family. As a mom, my heart ached for this anonymous (at that time) mother who passed, and her husband and new baby. Only now do I realize the role Caroline has played in so many people's lives and the impact she's had in her community wherever she's been.

I cannot imagine the grief the family feels in a time that should be nothing but pure joy. My prayers are with Nyle and his new son, as well as the rest of the family, which I know includes the SunDolls and the Storm. May God show Himself as the Prince of Peace in this tragic time, surrounding Nyle and family with His enduring love and understanding.

Kristina "Kris" Evans
From:"Yount, Cathy" <>
Date:Thu, May 17, 2007 11:16 pm

Our family is so devastated by the loss of Caroline. Our daughter was a rookie SunDoll this past season and we were fortunate to get to know Caroline as my husband became the unofficial team photographer. She was an unbelievably dedicated coach and she taught the girls so many incredible life lessons. She set high expectations for the team and for herself. She attended every game and event; she was always there for the team. I am so grateful for the time our daughter spent in the company of such a talented and committed coach. Caroline’s family is in our prayers and we weep with them. Caroline’s memory will shine brightly through the SunDolls. 
Thank you Caroline for your enthusiasm, dedication and wonderful heart. You will be forever missed.
Cathy and Jim Yount


The following is a letter from the Wiren family that was released by the Tampa Bay Storm. Caroline Wiren, who died Wednesday after giving birth to son Clay Christian Wiren, will be buried in her home state of Mississippi. Services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Oxford, Mississippi.

The address to send donations:

Clay Christian Wiren Irrevocable Trust
c/o Trustee Bruce L. Gordon, Esq.
600 University Park Place, Suite 100
Birmingham, Alabama 35209

USF Foundation (with reference to the Caroline Still Wiren scholarship fund)
Bulls Club
4202 East Fowler Ave., ATH 100
Tampa, Florida 33620

Here is the complete letter:

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you so much for the outpouring of support and prayers. We are blessed to have such thoughtful family and friends.

Services for Caroline will be held on Saturday, May 26 at 11:00 at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Oxford, Mississippi. The Church is located at 339 County Road 102, Oxford, MS, 38655 (also known as College Hill Road) The telephone number at the church is (662) 234-5020. Immediately following the service there will be a graveside service for the family. There will be a reception for friends and family in the church's Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Clay Christian Wiren Irrevocable Trust, c/o Trustee Bruce L. Gordon, Esq., 600 University Park Place, Suite 100, Birmingham, Alabama 35209, or the Caroline Still Wiren Scholarship Fund, which is being established to provide an annual scholarship to an outstanding student athlete on the SunDolls Dance Team at the University of South Florida. To donate to the scholarship fund, checks should be made payable to the USF Foundation (with reference to the Caroline Still Wiren scholarship fund) and mailed to Vicki Mitchell, Associate Athletic Director for Development, 4202 East Fowler Ave., AEA 100, Tampa, Florida 33620.

Once again, the family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers


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