FRANKLIN – Grace Elizabeth Little Carswell, wife of Edgar D. Carswell passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans.
She was born in Waycross, GA on February 23, 1935, the daughter of the late Trawin Hume and Elizabeth (Atwood) Little.
Grace met her husband while attending Waycross High School and they married in 1957. After high school, she attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, GA and Saint Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing, Jacksonville, FL, where she was capped R.N. She worked as an R.N. in both Waycross and St. Marys, GA. She and her family moved to Mercedes, TX to follow her husband’s career, where they lived for six years. By this time their family had grown to four children. From Texas, she and her family relocated to Jackman, ME where they remained for two years. Then their adventure took them to San Juan, Puerto Rico where they resided for three years and added two more children to the family. In 1971 they moved to Vermont where they found their true home and have lived in East Franklin until her passing.
Grace was an active member of the Franklin community and over the years served the Town as School Board Director, Health Officer, and Auditor. After raising her family, she enjoyed a new career working at the Regional Adjudication Center/INS in St. Albans, where she rose to the rank of Assistant Director until her retirement. All through her life, Grace was a faithful mother, spiritual leader, willing volunteer, and mentor to all who came to her for help. She loved her family, her gardens, homestead life on the farm and her northern and southern communities.
She is survived by her husband of sixty-three years, Edgar D. Carswell of Franklin; children, David Carswell and his wife Kathy of Spring, TX, Daniel Carswell and his wife Claudette of Franklin, Kevin Carswell and his wife Mia of The Woodlands, TX, Frances Jackson and her husband Dana of Enosburg Falls, James Carswell of Franklin, and Ruth McAllister and her husband Willie of Hardwick; grandchildren, David Carswell Jr., Rebecca Begins and her husband Abraham, Andrew Carswell and his wife Flora all of Spring, TX, Alex Carswell and his wife Melanie of Enosburg Falls, Chris Carswell and his wife Jessica of Franklin, Jeremy Carswell, Nico Carswell, Sophia Carswell all of The Woodlands, TX, Marie Jackson of Enosburg Falls, Jacob Carswell of Ohio, Nicholas Carswell of Richford, Sophie Carswell of St. Albans, Luther Larsen, Daniel Larsen, and Frederic Larsen all of Hardwick; eleven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Frances O’Brien of Waycross, GA; brother-in-law, James Carswell and his wife Joyce of The Villages, FL; and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.
In keeping with Grace’s wishes, there will be no public services.
For those who wish, contributions in Grace’s memory may be made to Franklin Rescue, P.O. Box 172, Franklin, VT 05457.
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