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Carol Matheson Brennan
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Birth: Dec. 16, 1938
Death: Aug. 25, 2009

Carol Brennan, 70, died in Fort Pierce. She was a native of Fort Pierce and lived in Gainesville for 15 years before returning to Fort Pierce.

She worked at Riverview Memorial Park.

Prior to that, she was the co-owner of H. Vachon Citrus, a paralegal for the Clerk of St. Lucie County for many years and a paralegal for the Department of Children and Families in Lake City. She graduated from Dan McCarty High School (1956), and was member of the Thursday Girls Club.

Sons: Rick Vachon and Henry Patrick Vachon Jr.
Daughters: Michele Vachon and Suzi Vachon
8 grandchildren
5 great-grandchildren

Preceded in death by:
Husband: Anthony "Tony" Brennan

Services: Visitation will be from 5-7p Aug. 31 at Haisley Funeral and Cremation Service in Fort Pierce. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11a Sept. 1 at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Fort Pierce. A guest book may be signed at

Published in the TC Palm on 8/28/2009
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Carol Ann, as most knew her, or Momma and Grannie as we affectionately called her, left this life for her angel wings on Tuesday. The only child of Leolin and Ruth Matheson, who founded and operated White Way Dairy in Fort Pierce, it was only on special occasions that Carol got to accompany her dad in delivering milk to Fort Pierce residents.

Born and raised in Fort Pierce, Carol graduated in the class of 1956, Dan McCarty Fighting Eagles. She was the granddaughter of Leo "Kid" Matheson, train engineer for Henry Flagler Railroad Steam Engine #12.

Carol's many life accomplishments include co-owner/operator of H. Vachon Citrus, and paralegal for St. Lucie County Clerk of Court, and Department of Children and Family Services, Child Welfare Legal Services, in Gainesville, FL. Her latest occupation as Office Assistant at Riverview Memorial Park was undoubtedly her most rewarding.

A long-time member and resident of Three Rivers Estates in Branford, FL, Carol enjoyed many years in the "woods" with the love of her life, Tony, and their neighborhood friends.

She was a devoted Florida Gator fan and a proud member of the "Thursday Girls Club" with Joann, Pam and Betty. A true "Southern Belles" in every sense of the word. Carol enjoyed life, traveling to many places, her favorite being Ireland, where she and Tony were married. She later returned to Ireland with her two oldest granddaughters to bring Tony's ashes to the Irish hillsides. Most recently, Carol could not get enough of the salt air enjoying numerous boat rides with her kids, and a recent Pontoon River Cruise with her family. Her famous thumbs up sign approved a full throttle slide!

Sons: Rick Vachon, and wife Edna, and Henry Patrick Vachon, Jr.
Daughters: Michele Vachon and partner Tammy Casson, and Suzi Vachon and partner Cindy Kaplus
Grandchildren: Danielle Vachon Steele and Chris, Dane Vachon and Sarah, Chelsea Vachon, Chad Vachon, Melody Noelke and Tammy Dowis; Amanda Noelke Young and David, Joey Casson and Erin, and Kelly Casson
Great-grandchildren: Hannah and Mallory Steele, Jonah Noelke, Ellany Young, and Joey Casson
Animal companion: Gretel

As many of you know, the last few years of Carol's life were extremely hard due to her declining health. She fought each challenge with determination and the strong will to regain her independence. She taught us how to face life's challenges, find solutions, and turn them into the strength needed to face whatever would come her way.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the doctors and individuals who provided her care throughout these challenges, for their caring hands, but more so for the friendships she gained.

SERVICES: Family visitation Monday evening August 31st, 5-7p at Haisley Funeral Home, 3015 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, 34947. Funeral Mass Tuesday September 1st 11a St Anastasia Church, Fort Pierce. A luncheon reception will follow at Fort Pierce Yacht Club, 700 N Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce.

Arrangements are under the direction of Haisley Funeral Home.

Published in the TC Palm on 8/30/2009
Family links: 
  Henry Patrick Vachon (1963 - 2015)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Shirley Bybee
Record added: Aug 28, 2009
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