Carol Revel, also known as "Tan Tan" to her friends and family, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2011, at the Greenbrier Haven Foster Home in Medford, Ore. Carol was 87.
Carol, and her identical twin sister, Carolyn, were born on December 28, 1923, in Lost Springs, Kan., to Richard and Flossie Bell Wharton. Carol and Carolyn had been the best of friends since birth, and would often dress alike, confusing their friends and family.
Carol graduated from Chase High School in Chase, Kan., in 1941. In high school, Carol was known to have a beautiful singing voice, and competed in the Kansas High Scool singing competition. At the age of 13, Carol and Carolyn went on a blind date to the local roller rink with two upper classmen from Chase High School, Glenn Revel and Ernie Saul, who would later become their respective husbands.
Carol married Glenn M. Revel on December 31, 1942, and they were married for 58 years, before Glenn passed away on March 5, 2000. Following the end of World War II, in which Glenn served as a Navy fighter pilot and ace, the couple made their way to Forest Grove, Ore., where Glenn completed his optometric training at Pacific University. Glenn and Carol then moved to Ashland, Ore., where Glenn practiced optometry for many years, and Carol was his office manager. In 1977, Carol changed careers and went to work for Jackson County Federal Savings and Loan, in Ashland, where she worked 18 years before her retirement in December 1995.
Carol was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, and was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Carol and Glenn were instrumental in the construction of the new church in Ashland, as Glenn served as chairman of the building committee. Carol was also a member of the Daughters of the Nile and Eastern Star. Above all else, Carol loved her family and was especially fond of her three grandsons.
On December 31, 1999, Carol suffered a severe stroke and she required full time care, so she moved to the Greenbriar Haven Adult Foster Home in Medford, Ore., where she made her home for the past 11 years. Trudy Stewart, along with her family and staff, took incredible care of Carol, while she lived at Greenbriar, and Carol thought so highly of them. Carol's family is especially grateful for the care and loving attention which Trudy and her staff provided. Carol had amazing strength and a will to live, and Trudy provided the comfort and security for so many years.
Carol is survived by her daughters, Dixie Knips (Harold), and Julie McLaughlin (Dave); and her three grandsons, Greg Baker, of Gridley, Calif.; and Sam and Joe McLaughlin, of Medford, Ore.; along with four great-grandchildren. In addition to her twin sister, Carolyn, Carol is also survived by her brother, Richard Wharton, of Vancouver, Wash.; and her lifelong friend, Neva Heard, of Ashland, Ore. Carol was preceded in death by her daughter, Christy, who passed away in 1970; her sister, Kathleen; and her parents.
Carol and her family are very grateful for the guidance and support of the Providence Hospice Group during the past two weeks of Carol's life. Their knowledge and understanding, along with their compassion for Carol, helped Dixie and Julie cope with the fear and stress of losing their mom.
Graveside services will be held at Scenic Hills Cemetery in Ashland, Ore., at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, August 5, 2011. Officiating will be Eleanor Robison, of the First Presbyterian Church. Following the service, coffee and cookies will be served at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland. Arrangements have been made by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home of Ashland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland.