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Martha "Carol" Carolyn Graham

September 23, 1935 — April 19, 2024

Martha Carolyn “Carol” Brock Dismuke Graham went home to heaven Friday, April 19, 2024. She was 88 years old. Carol was born September 23, 1935 to Carl W and Pauline Morris in Quanah, Texas. Following her graduation from Hedley High School, Carol moved to Amarillo, where she lived the rest of her life. Carol married Jimmie N. Brock on February 19, 1955 in Hedley. They were married 35 years, until his death in 1990. She was later married to Roy Dismuke for 18 years. Roy died in 2009. Carol then married Joe Graham, who died in 2013.

 

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, May 4, at 2:00, at the Schooler Funeral Home Chapel on Georgia. Family and friends are invited to share in this time of commemorating a life well lived. 

 

Carol was a distinguished civil servant, working for the Bureau of Mines, the Department of Agriculture, and finally the Department of Energy. She received a national meritorious service award from the Department of Agriculture, and many other accolades throughout her career. She retired from DOE in 1995. 

 

Carol’s favorite part of her life was her family. She treasured family time, from hosting large family gatherings, to spending quiet quality time together. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Carol was active in her daughters’ school life, serving as room mother and PTA officer for many years. Her daughters’ friends were always welcome in their home, and often joined the family around the dinner table, for sleepovers, and on trips. Carol and Jim were parents to so many more than just their daughters. They also hosted three foreign exchange students, Anna Gallarate from Italy, Carolina Mendoza from Venezuela, Annetta from Germany, and one exchange teacher from Thailand. 

 

Traveling was a passion. Carol was fortunate to visit all seven continents in her travels, many several times. She enjoyed cruises and travelling to specific destinations. She created countless memories, and compiled fabulous scrapbooks of her travels. She took a little stuffed parrot named Polly with her, capturing photos of him around the world. These were shared with family and friends, and her daughter Jill’s classes, so others could see the world with her. 

 

Carol was anchored in her strong faith and assurance of heaven through Jesus Christ. She was a longtime member of Trinity Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school classes, led bible studies, and served in various leadership positions. She was a certified lay speaker in the Methodist church. For many years she worked with others in her church to provide monthly meals at the Wesley Foundation at WT. Carol organized a program within her church called Lunch Buddies, a volunteer partnership with Alice Landergin Elementary School. She delighted in being able to eat lunch with students she mentored each week, encouraging them and providing an extra dose of love in their lives. They truly blessed her as much as she was a blessing to them. 

 

Carol was a longtime member of the Federally Employed Women’s Club and the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as Worthy Matron, and the Rainbow Girls, where she served many times as Mother Advisor. She served on the board at Wesley Community Center. Carol faithfully delivered Meals on Wheels weekly for over 24 years. She enjoyed square dancing, attending Amarillo Little Theater, and working in her beautiful yard. 

 

Carol was preceded in death by her husbands, parents, and two brothers, Carl “Sonny” Morris and David Morris, both of Memphis. She is survived by daughter Jill and husband Jeff, of Amarillo; daughter Jeanna, of Lubbock; grandchildren Jana Potter and husband Cody, of Skiatook, OK, Jake and wife Hayley Swann, of Garland, TX, and Kate Bedsole and husband Jon of Lubbock; great-grandchildren Hudson and Olivia Potter, and soon to be arriving Sage Swann; her brother Dale Morris, of Bartlett TN; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved very much. 

 

The family suggests memorials be made to Trinity Methodist Church, 3402 S Jackson, Amarillo 79109; or Meals on Wheels 7550 Outlook Dr., Amarillo 79106.

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