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Velva Carroll

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 11:21 a.m. CST

Mrs. Owen (Velva) Carroll of Morris, Ill., and formerly of Leitchfield, Ky., passed away early Tuesday morning, May 21, 2013, in Morris Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.

Born March 7, 1919, in Sadler, Ky. she was the daughter of the late Charles and Naomi (Decker) Bradley.

On April 15, 1939, she married Owen Carroll Sr. in Yorkville, Ill. They made their home in Coal City, Ill., and moved to Morris in 1951. Velva was a homemaker while her children were young, and then worked outside the home as a seamstress and then as an order puller with Century Wholesale. She also worked part time for her father in his clothing store on Liberty Street.

After raising a family and retirement, she and her husband spent winters in Florida and summers in Joliet, Ill. They then settled in Litchfield, Ky. After her husband’s death, Velva remained in Kentucky until 2005, when she moved back to Morris.

Velva loved to sew and loved to cook, as she was known as “Betty Crocker” to her younger sister.

Surviving are her two daughters, Janice (Robert) Brooks of Morris and Nancy (Gary) Morrison of Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Terry Carroll, Tammy (Kenneth) Green, Todd Carroll, Tabitha Carroll, Robert (Anne) Brooks III, Sherry (Dennis) Burns, Christopher (Stephanie) Morrison, Denne’ (Keith) Olson and Eric (Sarah) Morrison; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, on Nov. 11, 1992; one son, Owen Carroll Jr. on June 30, 2010; and six sisters.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at U. C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington Street, Morris. Burial will be in Sadler Cemetery in Leitchfield, Ky..

Condolences can be extended online to the family at

U. C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home Ltd., Morris, is in charge of arrangements. For more information, please phone (815) 942-0084.

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