Caroline Miller Nye, 83, who wrote freelance stories and song lyrics, died Oct. 16 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville of complications from hip surgery. She lived in Rockville.

Mrs. Nye moved to the Washington area with her family about 1950. Even with a family of eight children, she managed to find time to write stories for a variety of publications beginning in 1955. She also wrote lyrics for children's songs that were published in Ladybug magazine.

A native of Waunakee, Wis., Mrs. Nye served in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve during World War II and was stationed in California. After the war, she attended the University of Wisconsin and briefly performed on a Wisconsin radio station as part of a singing duo, Slim and Carrie Melody Pals.

She was a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and of the Rockin' Rollers Tenpin Bowlers Association. She was a volunteer at Shady Grove Pregnancy Center in Gaithersburg.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rockville and Small Christian Communities, a Bible study and prayer group.

Her husband of 54 years, Robert Walter Nye, died in 2001.

Survivors include her companion, Richard Schiller of Fairfax County; eight children, Roger Nye of Milton, Mass., Roberta Ashford of Autryville, N.C., Marcia Dustin and Maria Berry, both of Rockville, Suzanne O'Meara of Damascus, Rosemary McCamy of Buckeystown, David Nye of Stafford and Bill Nye of Chambersburg, Pa.; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.