Carol Ann Reid, 73, was finally released from the awful disease of dementia on September 24, 2022. She remained sassy as ever until the end. We all loved her for that. If you met Carol, you liked her. Carol and I (Jim) were married 53 years and have one daughter, Renee Reid Roehl (Joseph).
When we moved to Wisconsin in 1987, we wanted our dream house to be in the woods with the “critters”. Our wish came true when we built and moved to Hortonville on 6 acres. Carol was a lover of all animals and rescued many dogs over the years. She was totally dedicated to feeding the birds, deer, chipmunks, turkeys and pheasant morning and evening until dementia robbed her of this pleasure. Her love of animals carried over to her lifestyle as she became a vegetarian over 30 years ago after passing a cattle feeder-farm.
She spoiled her grandchildren Olivia Roehl and Anna Roehl with delight. They always knew if they wanted something “Nana would get it for them.” She was the best Nana ever and created many traditions that will live on for many, many years. She’s always been so proud of Renee and Joe for raising such wonderful girls. She loved Joe like a son.
Carol and Renee’s mother/daughter trips were a highlight she treasured every year. Whether it was to the Mall of America, or to spend a few days taking care of elephants in Arkansas at an elephant sanctuary, each trip was precious.
Carol and I have so many special memories including trips to Sturgis on the Harley, European river cruise and many ocean cruises. In the later years we enjoyed cruising in the Corvette.
Carol’s cousin Dean (lives in SC) was a very special person to Carol. They were like sisters growing up in Baltimore. Dean faithfully sent Carol cards, flowers, and gifts for the last several years. These gestures meant the world to Carol. Fortunately, Dean and her husband Jim were able to come to WI a year ago to help Carol celebrate her birthday. What a great memory.
It is also necessary to thank all the good people at Primrose Memory Care where Carol lived the last 3 1/2 years. They always treated Carol with love and respect, and we are grateful for them. I’d also like to thank Dr. Christine Newton for the loving care she provided Carol for over 25 years. And thanks also to ThedaCare Hospice team who provided comfort and love in Carol’s final months.
Please help us celebrate Carol’s life at Ridgeway Country Club in Neenah, WI on Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 1:00-3:00 PM. No flowers please. Memorial gifts should be sent to Saving Paws Animal Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 0362, Appleton, WI 54912-0362. savingpaws.com Carol was a volunteer there and loved Saving Paws. Or to an animal rescue of your choosing.