Carol Rae was born to Thadeus and Olive Brown on December 9, 1932. She loved being a sister to Dee (Joyce) Brown, Maureen (Richard) Sorensen, Laura (Gary) Powell & Jim Brown. She was a beloved and favorite aunt to many. Those fortunate to call her “aunt” consider themselves truly blessed. She was genuinely interested in her nieces and nephews lives and was always eager to listen to them. Although she never had children of her own, she gave excellent parenting advice, but only when asked! The answer always involved going to the scriptures or Ensign.
She attended Logan City Schools and went on to graduate Cum Laude from USU in 1955 with a Bachelors of Education degree. She spent the majority of her career teaching physical education at Logan Junior High School. She loved sharing her knowledge and enjoyment of sports with her students.
Sports were a major part of her life. Even her last weekend was spent watching the French Open. She grew up playing tennis, golf, and softball. Her long and lean body made her a natural at first base as well as pitching. She also loved downhill skiing and horseback riding. It is through sports that she made some of her best and life-long friendships.
After retirement from teaching, Carol worked full-time at the family business, Brown Monument & Vault. She also began spending more time focusing on her love of art. She was a beautiful artist and loved talking about art. She created lovely landscapes but was very shy and modest when it came to sharing her art work. This is a hobby she shared with many nieces and other family members.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she was always willing to serve. She served in the Primary, Relief Society, as a stake missionary, temple worker and in the late 1950s she served a full-time mission in the Northern Far East Mission, which is now part of the many missions in Japan. Her favorite calling was serving as the Young Women camp leader.This gave her an opportunity to attend camp with her nieces. They loved having her at girls’ camp, and it strengthened their relationships for the rest of their lives.
Carol was a life-long learner and an avid reader. She surrounded herself with books. In her private library one could find, and borrow, anything from Jane Austin, Corrie Ten Boom, Civil War soldier hymn books and any Abraham Lincoln biography one could ask for.
She also loved crossword puzzles, working in her gardens and especially loved mowing the lawn! Carol was quiet, shy, honest and hardworking. Everyone that had the opportunity to get to know her loved her. She had a soft and tender heart but with an inner strength to persevere through all of life’s challenges. This strength came through the love of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Even to the end, Carol was full of faith and hope, with a sure knowledge of a better after-life.
The family extends sincere thanks to IHC Hospice and Maple Springs of North Logan for their sweet and gentle care of Carol even on her more “spicy” days! A special thank you to the skilled nursing group activity leaders, Janelle and Emily, at Maple Springs. Drawing Carol out of her shell was not an easy task, but you never gave up on her.