MARTHA CARROLL

MARTHA CARROLL

Martha Smith Carroll, 88 years old of Brevard, N.C., and Lakeland, Fla., passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 21, surrounded by the love of her family.

Martha was born July 26, 1932, in Lexington to Harry M. Smith and Virginia C. Smith. She was preceded in death by her brother, Burton Smith, and her sister, Elizabeth S. Calhoun.

At Lexington High School, Martha was a cheerleader and even at 5’1” she was on the basketball team. In the summers she was a volunteer counselor at a Girl Scout Camp.

Martha married Carl W. Carroll on Nov. 22, 1952, at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Raphine, where they were active members. In 1964 Martha and Carl moved to Winchester and joined First Presbyterian Church of Winchester.

She is survived by her two children, Stephen L. Carroll (Teresa) of Reston and Winchester, and Denise C. Degnan (Jay) of Greensboro, Gia. She has four grandchildren, Maylis Bohbot of Rehovot, Israel, Noemie Carroll of Albuquerque, N.M., James J. Degnan IV of Hamilton, N.J., and Katelyn C. Degnan of Atlanta, Ga., and three great-grandchildren, Oriana Bohbot, Ezra Carl Bohbot and Lily Degnan.

Martha worked at Rockbridge National Bank until Steve was born, then worked part-time in the Welfare Office and Matt Paxton’s office in Lexington so she could be home with her children.

Later she spent 26 years in the real estate business, including her own office, Carroll Real Estate in the old Winchester train station. She was a very successful business woman and together with Carl they built, restored and lived in 11 homes. Her favorite was their 1797 Quaker house and the farm where she and Carl raised beef cattle, built a lake for sailing and fishing and had a huge garden next to the spring house.

Besides caring for her family, Martha loved playing bridge, traveling, photography, golfing and going dancing with Carl. She also had quite the green thumb for indoor plants and gardening.

After retiring in 1990 they built another new home and moved to Lakeland, Fla. That summer they started traveling the United States by motor home and continued to do so, every summer for 10 years. Martha visited all 50 states at least once in her lifetime.

In the summer of 1997 they built the first of their North Carolina mountain homes. They felt this was a midway point for both of their children and high enough altitude to offer a cooler location for summer vacations. After their motor home travels, they decided to explore more of the world. They traveled to China, Russia, Ireland, the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Scotland, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica and The Bahamas.

In lieu of flowers, if you would like to honor her memory please consider a donation to Sunnyside Communities, Fellowship Fund, 600 University Blvd. Suite L, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, a Presbyterian senior home where Martha’s motherin-law, Edna Carroll, spent six wonderful years. N-G

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