Carroll Isabelle (Carter) Brown, 79, was called to her eternal home by Christ Jesus Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.
After Christmas in 1935, John Wesley and Ethel Wilda (Dailey) Carter moved from Middlebourne, OH, to a farm in Pleasant City, OH, (Guersney County) where Carroll Isabelle Carter was born Feb. 26, 1936, the youngest of eight children.
The Carter family was blessed with three daughters and five sons (in order of birth); Beatrice Vivian, Richard Gerald, Kathleen Mae, John Wesley, Jr., Joseph Ellsworth, Herbert Earl, Charles Lee McConnell, and Carroll Isabelle. Due to a tragic accident, John Wesley, Jr. died in August of 1933. Being the young age of seven, Junior’s passing deeply affected the family.
In 1946, John and Ethel moved their four younger children (Joseph, Herbert, Charles, and Carroll) to a farm near New Harrisburg, OH, in Carroll County. By this time, the older children (Beatrice, Richard, and Kathleen) had started their own families. In the spring of 1953, there was a devastating fire at the Carter farmhouse, which later had to be rebuilt.
During this time, Carroll finished her junior year at Carrollton High School in 1953, while living with brother Herbert, his wife, Maxine Jean (Felgenhauer), and children in New Harrisburg. Carroll then moved to live with sister Kathleen Mae (Carter) Hales, her husband, Melvin, and children in Alliance, OH. Carroll graduated her senior year from Alliance High School, in 1954. Through the years, Carroll continued a friendship with classmates at both high schools and traveled to attend various class reunions.
A devoted Christian, Carroll was a faithful member of Baxter’s Ridge Church in Dellroy, OH. She often enjoyed playing the piano while her mother Ethel sang and father John Wesley played violin at many family gatherings in the home. Carroll continued to play piano throughout her life and had a love for Christian music, which soothed her soul.
Carroll’s working career began at the Flying Saucer restaurant owned by sister Kathleen and husband Melvin Hales in Alliance, OH. After graduation, Carroll worked as an executive assistant at the E. W. Bliss Company in Canton, OH. Carroll was blessed with a loving daughter Julie Anne on May 12, 1962. Born the day before Mother’s Day, this made each one very special. In 1969, Carroll and her young daughter, Julie, relocated to the Los Angeles, CA, area, near her sister Beatrice, to seek career opportunities.
In sunny Southern California, her first job was for the Coca-Cola Company, where she met her true love and life partner Wayne W. Brown. They were married Oct. 3, 1971. Along with Carroll’s daughter, Julie Anne, their loving family was complete. Soon after, Carroll began her career with Continental Airlines and the family was able to travel extensively, which included a trip to the Holy Land. Carroll’s love for the Lord and her dedication to family led her to make many decisions throughout her life.
After the 1984 Summer Los Angeles Olympic Games, Carroll and Wayne retired in Sun City, AZ. where they attended the Phoenix First Assembly Church. After almost 40 years of marriage, Wayne departed this world Aug. 20, 2010. Although a great loss, Carroll remained spiritually strong with her faith in Christ Jesus. She was an inspiration to many who witnessed her dedication and love for the Lord. In 2014, Carroll moved from her home in Sun City to The Madison in Sun City West, AZ where she participated in social activities and enjoyed fellowship with many dear friends.
Carroll was also preceded in death by parents, John and Ethel (Dailey) Carter; three brothers, John Wesley, Jr., Richard (Leleah) and Herbert (Jean) Carter; and two sisters, Kathleen (Mel) Haynes and Beatrice (Larry) Fridley. She is survived by two brothers, Joseph (Dorothy) and Charles (Glenda) Carter; along with multi-generations of a loving family, which she simply adored. Her devoted daughter, Julie (Brown) Padron was at Carroll’s side when she went to be with the Heavenly Father. She is also survived by son-in-law Antonio Padron; two granddaughters, Janea Michelle and Lauren Nicole; one grandson, Christian Anthony; along with a stepson, Timothy Joseph Brown.
A Celebration of Life for Carroll was held at The Madison in Sun City West Feb. 27 with Minister Terence Pringle presiding. As Carroll would have wished, many were touched by the Spirit and blessed with the love of Christ Jesus during the celebration. Interment was private and Carroll’s earthly body was joined with husband Wayne’s at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ.
The family wishes to thank all those who cared for Carroll during her transition from this world, which includes Angela Damian, Sanctuary Hospice, Mayo Clinic Hospital and the loving staff of each facility.
“We are confident in saying, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” ~ 2 Cor. 5:8