BOCA RATON, Fla. — Carol L. (Andrews) Brown, born in Shamokin, Oct. 24, 1960, passed from this life to join the rest of the angels Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.
Carol attended St. Stanislaus Grade School and Lourdes Regional High School. She then went on to earn her degree in journalism at Pennsylvania State University, where she worked at the school's paper, The Daily Collegian.
Because of her excellent writing skills, she quickly landed a job at The Home News, based in New Brunswick, N.J. She covered local news and had many front page articles.
Being ever ambitious, she also took a part-time job at AT&T. Due to her outgoing personality, she was an immediate hit in customer service. Her superiors were so impressed by her intelligence that they gave her one of the first IBM personal computers ever produced.
From there, she moved quickly through the ranks until she retired as head of sales for Siemens, supporting her customer MCI.
Retirement did not slow Carol down in any way. She soon joined the Boca Raton Garden Club and was elected to chair its horticulture committee. She wanted to learn as much about gardening as possible, but also to spread that passion to others. She had an extensive garden and would always do "show and tells" about a new plant she had cultivated. Some were very rare and fellow horticulturists — both amateurs as well as professionals — commended her on her green thumb.
Again, as Carol always did in life, she quickly rose to the top as the president of the Boca Raton Garden Club. Under her leadership, the 60-year-old club not only won the best club in Florida for the first time, but also the best club in the Deep South region, which included six neighboring states. She also won the FFGC Leadership Award for the state of Florida. Over the course of two flower shows, she won nearly 100 ribbons for her specimen plants.
Through her tireless efforts, she managed to reinvigorate the club, adding many new members and completely remodeling the club house itself, both inside and out.
Carol resided in Boca Raton, Fla. for the last 25 years with her beloved husband, Bruce Brown. They were married in St. Michael Church in 1984 where she was given away by her late father, Frank (Fritz) Andrews.
She is also survived by her mother, Arlene Andrews, of Coal Township; her brothers, Mark Andrews and his wife, Mary Beth, of Fairfax Station, Va., and Fritz Andrews and his wife, Dottie, of Lorton, Va.; and her brother-in-law Paul Brown and his wife, Katherine. She also had eight nieces and nephews that she loved dearly, Jennifer (Andrews) Flynn, Alison (Andrews) Wolfe, Kathy Andrews (her goddaughter), Robyn Andrews (her goddaughter), Elizabeth Brown, Margaret Brown, Stephen Andrews and Kevin Andrews.
She was a remarkably talented woman who was smart, engaging and the love of our lives.
BROWN — Carol L. (Andrews) Brown, 54, of Boca Raton, Fla. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mother Cabrini Church, Shamokin. Burial will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, Coal Township. Viewing will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home Ltd., Leonard J. Lucas Jr., supervisor, 120 S. Market St., Shamokin. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Boca Raton Garden Club Scholarship Fund in memory of Carol, 4281 Northwest Third Ave., Boca Raton, Fla. 33431.
Published in The News Item from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2015.