Carole S. Crouse
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Virginia Beach - On the morning of July 9, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., Carole, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away at MCV Hospital in Richmond, Virginia from polycystic liver disease.
Carole was born in Washington, D.C., to John D. Schrott, Sr. and Winona W. Schrott on September 29, 1940. She graduated from Washington - Lee High School in 1958 and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Education from American University in 1962. Carole was an elementary and middle school teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools for 35 years. She remained in contact with a number of her students into their adult years, having had a significant impact on their lives as their teacher, inspiring some to pursue careers in education themselves.
Carole suffered from polycystic kidney and liver disease, and received a life-saving kidney transplant in 1999. During the remaining fourteen years of her life she dedicated herself to her family and service to others.
In 2000 Carole and her husband retired to Virginia Beach and became very active in volunteer and charity work. Carole played a significant role in contributing to the success of the Red Cross dental clinic in Norfolk, Virginia —the only such Red Cross clinic in the country (now called Park Place Dental Clinic). Carole worked with numerous other charities and service organizations including; Misssion of Mercy Project (MOM), Access Partnership (a dental service charity) and she served also on the Advisory Board for the Oral Health Improvement Coalition of Virginia (OHICVA) and also the board of the Park Place dental clinic.
In 2009 Carole was recognized along with her husband David by the governor of Virginia and the legislature for their service when they were given the Unsung Hero Award, an award given for outstanding healthcare volunteerism. In 2009 she also received the Distinguished Dental Service Award from the Tidewater Dental Association.
She also faithfully transported meals to the needy through Meals on Wheels and volunteered weekly in the office at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church. Apart from her service with these volunteer organizations, she donated school supplies to local schools each year and watched and listened for opportunities where she could make a difference in the lives of individuals she encountered in need.
She lovingly oversaw, as Queen, a local Red Hat Society group, The Southern Ladies, which grew beyond a social group to provide support to the members through life's difficulties, undoubtedly because Carole was at the helm.
Carole's life truly was a life well-lived.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Dr. David B. Crouse, Sr.; her two sons and their wives, David B. Crouse, Jr. and Maria P. Crouse, of Virginia Beach, and Sean and Michele Crouse of Hamilton, Virginia; and her five grandsons, David B. Crouse, III and Matthew A. Crouse of Virginia Beach, and Stephen, Nathanael, and Evan Crouse of Hamilton, Virginia.
Funeral service and reception will be held at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church on July 13 at 11 a.m. with Father Mark Wilkinson and Father Peter Hogg officiating. Private entombment will follow at Princess Ann Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Access Partnership a non-profit organization in Norfolk, Virginia helping people obtain dental care that they could not otherwise afford. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 41093, Norfolk, VA, 23541. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 11, 2013