November 28, 1941 - August 2, 2017
Carol Ethlyn Graham, of Plano, Texas, passed away on August 2, 2017 at the age of 75 years. She was born on November 28, 1941 in Guthrie, Oklahoma to Brance Alma Woodard and Rachel Brown Woodard. Carol was raised in Guthrie with her brother, George, and her sister, Joyce. She graduated from Guthrie High School and then from Oklahoma State University making her the first person in her immediate family to achieve a college degree. Carol was a member of Henderson Baptist Church and Arise Ministries in Edmond, Oklahoma where she made important and long-lasting friendships. She loved her church family and made sure to maintain those relationships with phone calls and the help of Facebook. Carol volunteered for the Oklahoma Democratic Party on local, state and national elections for many years. She loved card games, board games and embraced technology. She bought one of the first iPads that shipped and quickly learned how to use it. She would get excited about new updates and for each new iPad model. Carol enjoyed using Facebook and even shared that, “before Facebook, I was in the dark about my family and friends!” Her greatest joy in life came from spending her time raising and loving on her family.
Carol was a fiercely protective and loyal mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her love for her family and friends was unconditional and unmoving. Carol, a mother of three, had her first of four son’s at the age of 16 years old. She is survived by her sons; Brance Graham, Kelly Graham, and Jeff Graham, five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, as well as by numerous extended family members and dear friends. Carol was preceded in death when she was only 12 years old by her father, Brance Woodard. She is also preceded in death by her brother, George, sister, Joyce, mother, Rachel, and finally her son, Stacy Robert. Carol Ethlyn Woodard Graham was the last of the Brance and Rachel family tree.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Carol’s memory at a later part of this year. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to any Christian charity; especially those that minister to single mothers in need. Having once been a teenage mother, Carol always held great empathy and compassion for mothers struggling alone to provide home and hearth for their children.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev. 21:4
Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252