Jean Carroll(1929-2013)

Jean L. Carroll passed away on August 17, 2013 at the age of 84. She was born in Burlington, Vermont, on January 9, 1929 – a cold winter day at the onset of the Great Depression. She was the oldest of ten children who were raised on a farm in Wells, Vermont. Of necessity, Jean learned the value of work at an early age, and the virtues of integrity, self-sacrifice, and determination remained a driving force throughout her lifetime. At the age of 13 she left home to work as a housekeeper in Granville, New York. Later she moved to the Bronx in New York City and worked as a maid for a physician's family. In 1951 she joined the US Marine Corps and was stationed at Parris Island, South Carolina, where she met her husband-to-be, Charles Robert Carroll. After discharge from the service, they moved to Florida, Texas, and then to California. Their two children were born in San Diego, and the family soon moved to Folsom, finally settling in Lodi in 1963.
Jean's husband died in 1971. A widow at age 42 with two children to raise, Jean earned her LVN license and began a nursing career that lasted until her retirement at the age of 77. During her career she worked at Gross Convalescent Hospital, Bechthold Convalescent Hospital, Lodi Health Care Center, and, for 32 years, at Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Never one to be idle, after retirement Jean turned to artistic endeavors, producing a great body of work including oil paintings, tile mosaic pictures, crochet, needlepoint, hooked rugs, and more. All was completely self-taught and done with meticulous care and patience.
Jean will always be remembered for her strong work ethic, selflessness, generosity, and independent spirit.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Richard) Blackston of Lodi; son, Patrick (Sheralyn) Carroll of Carver, Minnesota; grandson, Casey Nystrom of Lodi; sisters Betty Bernhardt , Alice Brindise, Janice Jones, Winnie Stahlmann, and Marge Tarasovich; brothers Bill and Walter West; numerous nieces and nephews; and her many dear friends, including Betty Barton and Dorothy Mehrer. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bob; parents, Harry and Lila West; sister Patty; and brother Warren West.
A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Ste. 1802, New York, New York 10006.
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Shakespeare's Sonnet XXV
Let those who are in favour with their stars
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars
Unlook'd for joy in that I honour most.
Great princes' favourites their fair leaves spread
But as the marigold at the sun's eye,
And in themselves their pride lies buried,
For at a frown they in their glory die.
The painful warrior famoused for fight,
After a thousand victories once foiled,
Is from the book of honour razed quite,
And all the rest forgot for which he toiled: Then happy I, that love and am beloved,
Where I may not remove nor be removed.

Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Aug. 20 to Aug. 27, 2013