Carol Ann Bruton
December 10, 1934 – August 4, 2020
CAROL ANN BRUTON, (nee: Queen), a native of Chicago, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, August 4th, 2020, at Courtney Springs Village in Merritt Island Florida. Carol was 85. Carol leaves behind her beloved husband John Timmons Bruton, a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran, children John Thomas Hillman, 57, and his husband Marcelo Coronado, twins Beth Louise Prather, with her significant other Leonard Zastrow, and Amy Jo Kirshbaum, both 53, Amy’s husband Scott, and grandchildren children Jason and Brittany, brother and sister-in law, Thomas and Diana Bruton and her nephews Robert and Nathaniel, and brother and sister-in- law Maurice and Christine (Tina) Hickson, and nieces Kaitlyn and Kasey. Carol’s parents were Clyde and Carolyn Queen (nee: Houser) deceased, and a brother Clyde.
Carol was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1934. She was raised there and lived an active, long and full life as a wife, mother, friend, leader, lay advocate, election judge, precinct leader, co-founder of the Norwood Park Historical Society and past vice president, a Senior Newsletter editor, pink lady, antique dealer, toy inventor, model and artist. She was a graduate of the oldest, most prestigious art school in America at the time, Ray-Vogue College of Art & Design, with a degree in art and communication. Her previous studies were completed at the Bryant & Stratton Business College and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. During her career, she served under former Chicago, IL mayor Jane Byrne, was a telephone operator, and an assistant to the Production Designer at Wilding Studios in Chicago, originally known as Essanay Studios, where Charlie Chaplin once worked. Carol was a “looker”, and winner of the Miss Northwest Chicago beauty pageant. In addition, Carol was a “live” floor model as well as a window model for major department stores and advertising agencies throughout Chicago, appearing in many magazine and newspaper ads.
While visiting South Florida in the 80’s, she met her future husband John. They later settled in Brevard County, Florida, marrying John as a December bride in 1990. As a resident of Brevard County, Carol thoroughly enjoyed fishing, swimming, looking for antiques, and working as a government administrative civil service employee for the Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) at Cape Canaveral, Florida, where she worked for more than ten years. During her tenure at NOTU, Carol received many meritorious U.S. Navy citations, awards, and recognition for her significant, valuable contributions.
A memorial service and interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on a date not yet specified by the National Cemetery. Family and friends are encouraged to visit this website, https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/9297716 for updated service information which will be provided when it becomes available.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carol’s memory to the Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, https://www.lcfs.org/adoption or toll free 1-800-363-LCFS.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Carol Ann Bruton
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August 22, 2020
My Grandmother was an amazing women. Had a beautiful soul and heart. I will miss her so much and her giving me advice on dating. When I was little I had two grandmas and I would always call her Grandma “Florida”. I would always get so excited to get on a plane to visit my grandma every summer. She would make this egg salad every time we would fly in. I miss calling her whenever I needed someone to tell me it was going to be okay. She was that kind of person that would turn that frown to a smile. Grandma you forever be in my heart ❤️May we see each other again!
Love your Granddaughter Brittany!
August 14, 2020
My mother, Carol Ann, was a woman of many talents. As mentioned in her obituary, she modeled quite a bit.
One thing I always remembered about my mother, was her silliness on telling me every year on her birthday when asking how old she was, her answer was always "22".
One year she had a resume lying on the table for a modeling show she was doing and one of the items on that resume was the year she was born.
I did the math and the age didnt add up to 22.
I asked mom "how come the age on the resume didn't match what you told me on your birthday, and she said "you are as old as you feel and age is just a number.
I love you mom and you will be missed everyday.
August 14, 2020
Carol was my mom! I will miss her and love her for the rest of my life. She was the kindest, sweetest, caring and most generous person you would ever want to meet. She was the world's best grandmother to my children Brittany and Jason. May she rest in eternal peace. I love you Mom! Your loving daughter, Amy.
August 7, 2020
Carol and I have been friends since 1989! We worked at NOTU together and had so much! She always made us laugh and if we had a bad day at work we would go out at lunch and get a chocolate milk. Good ole days! Carol was with me at the birth of my daughter- she was my best friend and I will miss her.