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Carol Deda (Martin) Schroeder of Fairfield Glade, TN, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, after a valiant battle with multiple myeloma.
In lieu of a wake and burial, a Celebration of Life service will be held for Carol at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1461 Sparta Hwy., Crossville, TN 38572. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service with a luncheon to follow.
Memorials may be sent to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church or The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade, 451 Lakeview Dr., Fairfield Glade, TN 38558.
Carol was born to the late Merle and Anna (Dempster) Martin on March 3, 1939. She was raised in the Methodist church and as a child attended a one room school house. In 1957 she graduated from Chalmers High School. Later that same year, Carol and her high school sweetheart James Edward Schroeder of Reynolds, IN, were joined in marriage at St. James Lutheran Church. By 1960 they welcomed Jeff their first of three children, Jill and Gary would follow in 1963 and 1966 respectively. The Schroeders enjoyed many of life's simple pleasures together on their family farm in Smithson, IN.
Carol was instrumental in raising their children with good Christian morals and values. An avid nature lover she enjoyed gardening, bird watching, flowers and being outdoors. Besides working on the farm and being a consummate mother and homemaker, she also worked in as church secretary at St. James where the family attended. Carol had an unwavering faith in God and based her life and decisions around it.
In 2000 Jim and Carol retired and relocated to Fairfield Glade, where she spent much of her free time painting watercolors, enjoying nature and playing the dulcimer. They also enjoyed traveling and hosting family get togethers. Carol was a member of the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade and played in The Dulcimores music group. In 2017 Carol and Jim celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and joined Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.
Carol is survived by her husband, James Schroeder Fairfield Glade; their children and spouses, Jeff (Beth) Schroeder of Huntertown, IN, Jill (Jeff) Brookshire of Jefferson, GA, Gary Schroeder and fiancé Juliette Garces-Dueñas of Mt. Prospect, IL; four loving grandchildren, Chelsea Brookshire, Trevor Brookshire, Jasper Schroeder and Wyatt Schroeder; one brother, Dempster (Ruth) Martin Reynolds, IN; two sisters, Marian (George) Townsend of Upland, IN, and Nancy Martin West of Lafayette, IN.
Carol was preceded in death by three brothers, Jack Martin of Reynolds, IN, Eugene Hugh (JoAnn) Martin of Fort Wayne, IN, and Merle (Nila) Martin of Reynolds, IN.
The family is extremely grateful for everyone who cared, comforted and prayed for Carol in recent years.
"For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord." - Romans 14:7-8 NLT
Published on March 5, 2018
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