Ernestine Baxter Carroll
Ernestine Baxter Carroll was born into this world on September 16, 1918 and departed on July 29, 2014. At the time of her passing she was surrounded by her family.
Ernestine was born and lived her whole life in Springfield, MO. After graduating high school, she attended Missouri State College for 2 years. Then, deciding she needed to "learn a skill to make a living," she attended Draughon's Business College where she learned short hand, typing, and bookkeeping.
Professionally, Ernestine worked for an accountant and then the Corps of Engineers as O'Reilly General Hospital was designed and built. Most importantly, she worked for Carroll Business Systems where she met her husband, Leo W. Carroll, Jr., aka Bud.
Ernestine and Bud were happily married for over 70 years. After marrying on December 6, 1943 they immediately left Missouri to join the efforts of World War II. Upon returning to Springfield, they began their family eventually having 2 children and many dogs.
Ernestine loved caring for her family, raising flowers, cooking, baking, playing tennis and bridge, attending theater and entertaining guests at her home. Ernestine was active in her community including South Street Christian Church where she was instrumental in quality control of the annual apple pie sale. Ernestine was a talented artist. She took great pride in her penmanship and sending cards to her friends and family at exactly the right time.
Ernestine is survived by her husband, Bud; daughter, Ann (Charles) Rhea; son, Chris Carroll (Amy); grandchildren, Brian (Leah) and Meredith Rhea; and "other daughter," Claire Rousseau; and five family dachshunds.
Special thanks to the staff at Magnolia Square and Kim Ready who provided great care to Ernestine and her family.
In lieu of flowers, please take time to visit residents at a local nursing home.
A private family burial was held at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at South Street Christian Church, 500 South Avenue, Springfield, MO, on Friday, August 1st, at 11 am.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader from July 31 to Aug. 3, 2014