Johnnie Jo Carroll

Johnnie Jo Carroll, 93, of Madill, Okla., passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at the Grace Living Center in Norman, Okla. Johnnie was raised at Breckenridge, Texas. She attended and graduated from the Caddo Schools. Johnnie was Valedictorian of her graduating senior class. She married her husband, John Dudley Carroll on Dec. 18, 1943.

Johnnie became a Christian at the age of

13. She taught Sunday school for 30 years and was active in the Women’s Missionary Union. Served as a G.A. leader and Action leader for many years in the various places she and John lived. They lived in Breckenridge, Odessa, Andrews, and Abilene, Texas, before her husband’s oil company moved them to Elmore City, Okla. They lived at Elmore City for 29 years before retiring and moving to Madill in 1983, to be near Lake Texoma.

Both were avid fishermen and spent many happy and enjoyable hours together on the lake. They enjoyed traveling in their R.V. to lakes and parks all over the United States, and always marveled at the beauty of this land our God had created.

During World War II John served in the Navy, and Johnnie worked and lived where John was stationed until he was sent overseas. When the war was over, and John came home they started their family. They had the one daughter, Janice Ann. While raising their daughter, Johnnie worked faithfully in Parent Teachers Association, homeroom mothers, band parents, and any and all school activities. Always willing to help any place she was needed. After raising her daughter, Johnnie went back to work as a bookkeeper and secretary for 15 years. She was a 25-year member of Extension Homemaker Clubs, worked with 4-H clubs, county and state fairs.

Johnnie enjoyed cooking and was known for her delicious pies and hot rolls, and could always seat one more at her table. She loved cooking and having all their families together at their home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and anytime they could all get together. Her family was her life, and everything revolved around them. She loved being a wife to John for 60 years and a mother to Janice. She thought becoming a grandparent was the best thing ever, and granddaughter Millie brought an abundance of fun, joy, and happiness to her life.

When great-granddaughter Gracie came, she felt the love, devotion, and joy that they brought to her life made her life so complete, and she thanked God everyday for them. Johnnie loved life. She loved working with people. She loved her God, family, church, First Baptist Church Madill, and always tried to be a good neighbor and follow the “Golden Rule.”

She is survived by her granddaughter: Millie Eubanks; great-granddaughter: Grace Eubanks; great-grandson: Hunter Ward; one brother: Jack Heath and wife, Debra, Texas; two sisters-in-law: Peggy Davis, Breckenridge, Texas; Dee Carroll Taylor, Ala.; brother-in-law: Jerry Carroll and wife, Zelda; nephew: J. C. Carroll and wife, Gina, Edmond, Okla.; great nephew: Bryce Carroll; nieces and nephews in Texas and Alabama; great-grand dog: Pepper; and lots of other friends that made this journey fun and possible.

Johnnie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, her daughter; and one brother.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Baptist Home for Girls, 13976 Anthony Lane, Madill, OK 73446

Visitation will be (today) Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Watts Funeral Home in Madill, Okla.

Funeral services will be (today) Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the at the Oakland Cemetery, Oakland, Okla. Michael East will officiate the service.

Services are under the direction of Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Madill, Okla. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.

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