Carolyn Garrick Stern

August 22, 1940July 2, 2020

Carolyn Garrick Stern, 79, of Birmingham died July 2, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Bernard Stern; sister, Sharon Garrick; son, Wally Wailes; daughter, Wendy Ten Eyck (Tom); grandchildren, Garrick Hoffman, Maggie Hoffman, Austin Duckworth, Sarah Duckworth, Francie Outlaw (Matt); great-grandchildren Mills Outlaw and Saylor Outlaw; and many other friends and relatives. She is predeceased by her parents, Walter B. Garrick and Velma Garrick Morton; her sister, Sandra Bowen; and her son, Wayne Wailes.

Carolyn grew up in the East Lake area of Birmingham and graduated from Woodlawn High School. She received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from UAB. During her varied career, she was secretary to the editor and later religion reporter at the Birmingham Post Herald. She also worked at UAB Special Studies, the Birmingham Historical Society, Cooking Light and Progressive Farmer magazines at Southern Progress Corp where she authored two books. Carolyn was very outgoing and loved people, especially children. She ran "Camp Granny" at her home several years for her grandchildren in the summer which provides many happy memories for all. She and her husband, Bernard, also owned and ran a bed and breakfast in Ashville, Alabama, called Cove Cottage.

A graveside service will be held July 5th 10:00AM at Elmwood Cemetery, block 40. Social distancing and masks will be required. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following: Temple Beth El, Rabbi's discretionary fund, P.O. Box 550220, Birmingham AL 35255 or to the Alzheimer's Association at


  • Burial

    Sunday, July 5, 2020


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Nancy Dorman-Hickson

July 10, 2020

I worked with Carolyn at Progressive Farmer. I was so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a talented person and always had a smile. I came across this photo today and thought I'd share. May God comfort you all in your time of grief.

Mary LeClair

July 6, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. As friends of Wendy and Tom, Jack and I have wonderful memories of being warmly welcomed into her home for a delicious dinner and conversations that spanned the night. Our condolences to your family.

Susan Ramey Cleveland

July 5, 2020

Very sad to hear of Carolyn’s passing. I have very fond memories of her from my time at Southern Progress. A good soul. My sincere condolences to her family.