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Emma Jane (Weil) Carroll, age 91, died peacefully at Williamsburg, VA Hospice House on Sunday evening January 24, where family had been in attendance for several days in their tranquil and beautiful setting and observed their superb care.
Mrs. Carroll was a long-retired elementary school teacher and subsequently an office administrator. She was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana the daughter of the late Doniel B. Weil and Jessie G. Weil, both also of Monroe. Earlier generations on both sides of her family were considered to be “pioneer” in the small towns and villages in the rural northeast part of the State, where Monroe ultimately became the hub city.
After completing her studies at what is now the University of Louisiana-Monroe, and attending Ohio State University and the University of Colorado, she received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and later her Master’s degree from Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York City.
Now in her 23rd year as a Williamsburg resident [14 years at Governor’s Land] and currently eight-and-a-half years at Windsormeade, she had earlier lived 22 years in Reston; 15 years in Wayland, Massachusetts where our children grew up; and five years in New York, mostly in Briarcliff Manor. All were places where she established warm and inviting homes for her devoted husband of nearly 64 years, William E. Carroll and their beloved children, Katharine Jane Carroll Kobi (James), Virginia Beach, VA; Randall Wm Carroll (Ellen), Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates and Great Falls, VA; and Roger John Carroll, Nashville, TN.
She is also survived by four grandchildren of whom she is very proud: Allison Lee (Donahue) Oxenreiter (Andrew), Richmond, VA; Brian William Donahue (Jessie), Palo Alto, CA; Capt. Randall Taylor Carroll, US Army (Tiffany), Annapolis, MD having returned from assignment in Afghanistan now pursuing a degree in International Relations at George Mason Univ.; Elainne June Carroll, Great Falls, VA just graduated in December from Virginia Tech.
Most recent life highlights have been joyful arrivals of three adorable great grandchildren: Jane Carroll Oxenreiter (age 3, Richmond, VA), Emiliana Carroll (age 16-months, Annapolis, MD), and Andrew Fitzgerald Oxenreiter (age 4-months, Richmond VA, called “Drew”).
Pre-deceasing her, beside her parents, were her devoted granddaughter Sarena Lyn Carroll of Ashburn, VA and her brother, Louis G. Weil of Monroe, LA, and in retirement, Sonoma, CA.
Mrs. Carroll was an inveterate and enthusiastic traveler through all of the USA’s 50 states and most of its overseas territories, all Canadian provinces and territories, and had visited 186 nations of the world (many of them repeatedly) over the decades, and frequently with children and grandchildren, often with five at a time.
She was in her 23rd year as a member of Two Rivers Country Club, and dined there regularly; also a 73-year member of Sigma Delta Tau Sorority; and a member and former officer of Jamestown Council of Republican Women. As the great-granddaughter of a Confederate veteran, she was a member of the Williamsburg chapter 637 of UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy). Muscarelle Museum, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation are just a few of the national and local cultural, civic, travel, and charitable organizations to which she regularly supported.
A memorial service will be held at Windsormeade at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 30. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 31 at Stone Wall Memorial Gardens, Manassas, VA. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Williamsburg, or to the charity of your choice.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.
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