Jean H. Carroll
March 16, 1926 - December 17, 2020
Jean Howard Carroll passed away on December 17, 2020. She was born in Alton, Illinois on March 16, 1926 the fifth of six children of Jenny and Walter Howard.
Jean graduated from Alton High School in 1944 and went on to attend Nursing School in Alton, Illinois. Jean was part of the nursing cadet program that provided scholarships for nursing students during World War II, as there was a shortage of nurses. Jean graduated from nursing school in 1947 and returned to her parent’s home in Alton where she began her nursing career. Once she returned home Jean saved the money to buy a car and then arranged for driving lessons which she also paid for herself. Her parents had never had a car and she was so excited to have the independence and freedom her car provided.
In 1949 Jean moved to Portland, Oregon where two of her sisters, Dee and Judy, were already living. Jean worked as a nurse in Portland before moving to Nampa, Idaho in 1951 to attend Northwest Nazarene College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Nursing. After graduating in 1952 Jean returned to Portland and continued her career as a nurse.
In 1954 Jean met and married Dick Smith and their daughter Susan was born in 1955. Jean and Dick separated in 1959, eventually divorcing. After her divorce she returned to Alton, Illinois with her daughter where they lived for two years before returning to Portland in 1961. Jean missed her friends back in Oregon and the milder weather saying that she loved how green Oregon was and missed the mountains and especially the Oregon Coast.
In 1962 Jean met Ross Carroll, after being introduced by mutual friends and they were married a year later in 1963. Ross and Jean began their married life in Corvallis, Oregon where Jean found a job as a public health nurse and Ross worked for his father in his concrete finishing business. Ross and Jean’s daughter Linda was born in 1964 and their family was complete. In 1966 they moved to Salem, Oregon where Jean continued her career as a public health nurse, working for Marion County Health Department, and where they would raise their two daughters.
Jean’s faith in God was a very important part of her life and she was a member of the Nazarene Church since her early twenties. Jean was active in Women’s Ministries, Bible Study groups, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and felt especially called to visit those who were home bound or living in care facilities. Jean and Ross were members of South Salem Nazarene Church and later Salem First Church of the Nazarene where she attended until shortly before her death. Ross passed away on January 30, 2020, they had been married for almost 57 years at the time of his death.
Jean had an independent and adventurous spirit and she enjoyed travel. She made multiple trips back to Illinois and Missouri to visit her 5 siblings and her 18 nieces and nephews. Despite the distance between them Jean remained close to her siblings and their children who she enjoyed writing to and talking to on the phone.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents Jenny and Walter Howard and all five of her siblings. She is survived by her daughter Susan (Gerry) their two children Jordan Juster (Mallory) and Erin Juster, daughter Linda and her two children Tyson Parker and Kia Grine (Trevor). As well as great grandchildren Devinity and Khloe, Hudson and Kaylin, Alaia, Elliott and Monroe. Jean will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
A memorial service is planned for January 16th at 1:00 p.m. at Salem First Church of the Nazarene located at 1550 Market St. NE in Salem, Oregon. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Simonka Place Women and Children’s Shelter
https://ugmsalem.org/services/simonka-place-for-women-children/ in Keizer, OR.
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