Carol Ann Rockwood
December 17, 1939 – January 17, 2019
Carol Ann Rockwood (Spohn) passed peacefully from this world on January 17, 2019, in Augusta, GA.
She was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on Dec. 17, 1939. Carol was the firstborn child of Vern and Virginia Spohn of Etna/Glenshaw, PA, where she lived for the first 30 years of her life. She attended Mt. Mercy Academy, started college at Catholic University in Washington, DC., and later earned credits at University of Pittsburgh. She worked at Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Rust Engineering in Pgh. After her marriage to Henry Rockwood, Carol moved to Wheeling, WV, and later to St. Clairsville, OH, where she was active in Welcome Wagon for many years. At her next home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Carol worked for an insurance agency, and Royal Doulton China, and loved her volunteer work at the Discovery Center. She wore with pride and style her many red hats and purple outfits to Red Hatters events in Augusta, GA. Carol took great satisfaction in cooking, shopping, entertaining, decorating her home with her own unique creativity, and devising Trivia Quizzes for her family. She dearly loved her husband, and the many cats that they adopted and spoiled over the years. She will be remembered for her thoughtfulness and generosity, particularly toward her parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and their children.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Vern and Virginia Spohn, niece Kristin, and great-niece Julia. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Henry Rockwood, and siblings Vern Spohn, Jr., (Debra), Mary Lou Spohn-Meyers (John), and Chuck Spohn (Nancy), as well as many nieces and nephews.
Final arrangements are being handled by Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Martinez, GA 30907, where a Funeral Mass will be offered Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 2:00 p.m., followed by reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Ark Animal Rescue and Adoption, 408 Cooper Mill Rd., N. Augusta, SC 29861.
- Memorial Service Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Carol Ann Rockwood
January 28, 2019
Much love to you, Henry, in your time of loss. The picture you chose for Carol's obituary couldn't be more perfect in capturing the twinkle in her eye and the fun of her spirit. We shared many laughs over the years, the most recent took place over the phone since you lived so far away.
As her sister-in-law I was there with Kristin and Michael the night before your wedding. I'll never forget the fun we had packing for your honeymoon. There were many decisions to be made about what to take and how to pack things to save space and avoid wrinkes. She wanted my opinion as I had a lot of experience packing for my husband, 2 children and myself with the many moves we encountered with the Air Force. There was no complaint about how things arrived at your destination so we must have done okay. Lol.
Long distance phone calls(no less than 60minutes) helped Carol and me maintain our relationshop. Carol was always caring and interested in how we were and what we were doing. She never missed a birthday, or other occasion, for any of us. If we had any problems she was there to listen. And if things were not going well for her, she knew she could always call me. I will miss our conversations, Carol, but I am comforted knowing you are in a beautiful place of peace, and light. I know we'll be together again, and there will be no more goodbyes. May God bless you, Henry and ease your sorrow.
January 28, 2019
How the years had passed so very quickly. I still have some very quite fond memories of you as a growing child. You were so funny and so smart. You will be missed.
January 28, 2019
My heart is still broken with your passing. Your thoughtfulness and love are unsurpassed. When I was a kid you bought me RUN DMC and the La Bamba soundtrack on cassette. Those were very inspiring and led me to my career in music. Although every gift you picked out for each niece and nephew were perfect, the best gift you gave all of us was just being the best Aunt a family could hope for. You never missed a birthday or anniversary for me or my kids, but more importantly you always remembered Julia and what she meant us. Every time you sent flowers or cards on the day of her birth or day she became an Angel, I was in tears. I am glad she is in the comfort of your loving arms now and that you finally get to meet her and spoil her like you did all of us. Lastly, I will miss our brief but enjoyable meet ups at the Waffle House as I was passing through, from one military base to another. Uncle Henry, thank you for letting Aunt Carol be the person she was meant to be, and our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. Love to all. Steve
January 28, 2019
Since you lived in either Florida or Georgia since I was born, I didn't get the opportunity to see you in person much, but I fondly recall your generosity. I always appreciated the dozens of thoughtful gifts you sent me over the past 30+ years. The vast majority of those presents were items that were unique to me and my interests. When I began to enjoy basketball, you sent me a basketball shirt that I wore constantly. Similarly, years later when I took an interest in golf, you sent me various items relating to that, including a program from the Masters at Augusta. Even this past November, you sent me a card for my birthday. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to thank you over the phone, but I appreciated it, as always. God bless.
January 26, 2019
We had a good 48+ years together. We both enjoyed our trips - Spain, Mexico, New England, Alaska, Texas, the Grand Canyon, etc. Remember the time we went to the Bahamas for weekend with Frankie Avalon? I always looked forward to your gourmet meals and tried my best to duplicate some of your recipes after you decided to turn over most of the cooking to me after I retired. I enjoyed your passion for decorating our home. You were particularly proud of your door wreaths and the items you placed on the little entryway table that reflected the season or a particular holiday or event.
You were very upset when I took a job in Ft. Lauderdale which meant that you would be far from your family for the first time in your life but you soon realized that you loved the year round warm weather and the ability to swim in your very own pool. When we moved to Augusta in 2005 you were disappointed that our plan to build a new home fell through but you fell in love with the home we finally purchased and often said it was your favorite of all the homes we've owned through the years.
About 6 ago you began to feel the pains of growing older. As the aches and pains became more frequent you life outside the house seemed to center around trips to the ER or to one of the many doctors you needed to see for your various ailments. Life was no longer fun for you.
Nobody will ever know why you would never come home when this last ITU infection which hospitalized you on December 10 , but ever though the infection appeared to be gone after a few days things just went from bad to worse.
I believe the Lord was merciful in taking you now rather than allowing you to linger on in a comatose state.
January 26, 2019
Carol, when you lived in Fort Lauderdale, we visited more often as I was just "up the road" in Vero Beach - still am. I remember the Bananas Foster you made for us and the fun you and Doris (my step-Mom) had painting and putting up wall paper. Was it your house or theirs - can't remember now. I loved your creativity, especially your cat room! We shared a love of furry felines. So my dear, God bless you and may you find peace in His Heavenly Grace. There are so many of our family members who have already entered Paradise that you will be warmly welcomed into the fold. My love to cousin Henry and blessings during his time of renewal.
Nancy (Smey) Hernandez
Niece of Anna (Smey) Rockwood
Mary Lou Spohn-Meyers
January 25, 2019
Dear Carol, I still cannot believe that you have been taken away from us so inexplicably, before your time and before we got to say good-bye and God bless. I truly wish that we had not lived so far apart these past 40 years, so that we could have visited more often. Even though we hadn't seen each other in awhile, I have lots of happy memories of you. I remember when you treated me to my first vacation other than Edinoro - a trip to Vacation Valley in the Poconos, when I was 17. That was very generous of you, and I had a ball! Over the years, we enjoyed shopping with and for each other, dining out (particularly "High Tea" at the Frick and Flowers in the Attic), and talking frequently on the phone. I remember your enthusiasm in setting up housekeeping in Wheeling and St. Clairsville, trying out new recipes, and participating in Welcome Wagon activities. Later, when you moved to Ft. Lauderdale, you shared your excitement in saying farewell to snow and ice, jumping into the pool on your patio, working at Royal Doulton China, and volunteering at the unique Discovery Center. You hosted a lovely Family Reunion in 2004, the last time all 6 of us were together, complete with Family Trivia Quiz! Finally, after moving to Augusta, you once again took great satisfaction in decorating your home with creativity, in spoiling your many cats, and in wearing with pride your unique hats, including some to Red Hatters events. Carol, you will always be remembered for your wit, thoughtfulness, and generosity toward your husband, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and their children, and friends. You were there for all of us, and you will be dearly missed. Until we meet again, rest in the arms of the Lord. Love, Mary Lou
January 24, 2019
This is the last time brothers and sisters were altogether. Wish we could have gotten together more often. You were a great big sister. I love you! I hope you are pain free and resting peaceably with Dad and Mom.
January 22, 2019
I will always remember and cherish our great summers at Edinbobo Lake. Some of the best years of our lives.
January 22, 2019
I have been thinking of you and praying for you!
I remember your good cooking! I'll never forget when you made Beef Wellington and Chuck thought it was stuffing.
You have always been so thoughtful in giving us gifts and then our children and even our grandchildren.
I don't think you realized what a special sister, sister-in-law and aunt you were.
I know you were in so much pain. I hope you are happy and reunited with your mom and dad, grandparents, Kristin and our Julia!
We love you and miss you!