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Carolyn Brooks Thomas Keyser

Carolyn Brooks Thomas Keyser, 97, of Pulaski, Va., and formerly of Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 6, 2019, peacefully passed at Pulaski Health and Rehabilitation Center, Pulaski, Va.

She was pre-deceased by her loving husbands, Howard Adams Thomas, who died in 1982, and William Keyser, who died in 1989.

Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Carol Thomas Hancock (Gary) of Pulaski, Va., and her son, Howard “Tommy” Thomas of Micanopy, Fla. and Harrisonburg, Va.; two grandsons, Matthew Hancock (Dorsey) of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Andrew Thomas, a student at Duke University; one great grandson, Lucca Bowie Hancock-Massey of Brooklyn, N.Y. Carolyn will also be remembered by her loving sister, Ruth Muir, Iowa City, Iowa, and her brother, Dr. Dana Brooks (Dot) of Pennsylvania and Cape Cod, Mass., and a host of beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Born Nov. 9, 1921, Carolyn was a long-time resident of the Northern Virginia area, having grown up in Falls Church. She received a teaching degree from University of North Carolina in Greensboro. During WWII, Carolyn taught at Swanson Middle School in Westover, Va. Later, Carolyn was one of the first ESL teachers in Fairfax County, Va. Her passion for genealogical research took her on many travels.

Carolyn was a long-time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), National Society of Magna Carta Dames, National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century, and Woman’s Club of Falls Church. She was also a member of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, Va., where she served as a deacon. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Carolyn began playing bridge as a teenager and continued to play throughout her lifetime, enjoying the company of many wonderful friends.

A celebration of life service is being held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Children’s Ministry in Pulaski, Va.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va.




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