Carolyn May Dy

image of Carolyn and Benjamin Dy

Carolyn and Benjamin


With heavy hearts we say goodbye to Carolyn May Dy.

Carolyn was born on September 13, 1942 in Blytheville Arkansas. She passed away on June 14th, 2018 in Kirkland, WA. Carolyn was a Wife, Mother and Dear Friend. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Benjamin Dy, her son Matt Dy, and three brothers, Paul Jr., Charles and James Seymore.

Carolyn was the daughter of Paul and Lena Seymore. Paul Seymore was a minister in the Church of The Nazarene.  Consequently, much of Carolyn’s childhood was spent in small towns throughout the south and mid-west. The Seymore family moved often. Carolyn and her brothers learned how to quickly adjust to new living conditions. Carolyn was an accomplished pianist; during her high school years, she traveled with a gospel music trio. She loved traditional church hymns and music was a life-long passion.

Carolyn attended Bethany Nazarene College (Southern Nazarene University) in Bethany, Oklahoma. In the mid-1960’s she moved to Denver, Colorado and worked as a medical transcriptionist at St. Joseph’s Hospital. There she met a young resident doctor from the Philippines named Benjamin Dy. They fell in love. Carolyn married Ben in 1972. They shared many adventures including camping in the Grand Tetons, and Skiing in Vail and Aspen. Eventually they moved to Buffalo, NY where Benjamin continued his residency.

After a brief time back in Denver; Ben and Carolyn settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Ben accepted a job at St.Francis St.George Hospital. They purchased a home in Western Hills, a Cincinnati suburban area. Matthew Dy was born on April 23rd 1979. Mathew became an accomplished actor and producer. Carolyn was so proud of Mathew; she loved to attend all of his acting gigs and bragged about his work as a TV show producer.

A great lover of Academia, Carolyn eventually returned to school at the University of Cincinnati, earning a Bachelors of Arts in Speech Therapy. Later, she received training as a Court Reporter at the University of Northern Kentucky.

While on a vacation in the Pacific Northwest, Ben and Carolyn were enchanted by the beauty of the region. During 1989, the Dy family moved to the Seattle. Carolyn worked as a medical transcriptionist at Children’s Hospital where she made life long friends.

Later, she transferred to the University of Washington and remained there for 12
years until her retirement in 2016. Carolyn cherished visiting new places with her husband and son. Her passion for travel and exploration of different cultures took her all over the world; from Hong Kong to Sydney to Saint Petersburg, and from Kilauea Canyon to the Amalfi Coast. She was always engaging in conversations with new friends, and she loved watching the sun set over foreign seas.

Carolyn leaves behind a legacy of gentleness, compassion and love. She was a living example of the virtues of honesty, hard work, and above all, kindness. She showed her love for Ben and Matt every day. She always showed compassion and sympathy for passing acquaintances, complete strangers and helpless people. She loved caring for all animals, especially the family’s dogs and cats!

Carolyn Dy took on the worries and cares of others and sought to bring a measure of
comfort to everyone in her life. We will carry her in our hearts always and strive to live by her example.

Memorial Services

Friday June 22nd – Viewing from 3pm – 5pm

Saturday June 23rd – Viewing from 1pm – 3pm – Service from 3pm – 4:30pm

3 Responses to “Carolyn May Dy”

  • Kathy Wong says:

    I have very fond memories of Carolyn. I was her manager at UWMC Transcription for many years. She was a kind soul; never saw her get angry; always had a smile for you. So sorry to hear about her passing.

  • Jeanne Miele says:

    Dearest Dy family – Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Your Carolyn was a precious soul – I was fortunate to work with her at the University of WA for numerous years. She always had a smile and a kind word for all, and I can’t imagine the void your family is experiencing with her sweet spirit gone. Blessings to you at this time. Fondly, Jeanne

  • Dennis & Merry Larsen says:

    Dear Ben, Matt and family,

    This is a prayer from Dr. Michael Easely, given at Fellowship Bible Church in 2009… “I pray for you today that your memories will be sweet, that your hearts will be calmed, that you will find a non-anxious presence. That you will choose to trust and see good where there is nothing for sure, that you will grieve, but not as those who have no hope, that you will find comfort and mercy in places others may never know. That your “why” questions will be replaced with a confidence in knowing that, our heavenly Father knows, and that’s enough. We love you and ask Him to pour mercy, kindness, healing and hope into your heart. He does indeed know you and love you no matter what your experience may try to tell you.”

    Our hearts are truly saddened with the death of Carolyn, we lift you up to the Lord for strength and guidance as you walk this new path. Our prayers are with you, Dennis & Merry Larsen

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