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Carolyn Harriet Carlson Brooks
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Birth: Oct. 17, 1933
Kenmare
Ward County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Nov. 22, 1998
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

Carolyn Harriet Carlson (65) was the first of two daughters born to Otto Emanuel Carlson and Ruth Hjort in Kenmare, ND.

She attended Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, MN where she met her future husband, Reuben Howard Brooks of Bemidji.

As newlyweds, Reuben and Carolyn were missionaries in Brazil with the Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission (BGFM). Six years later Reuben became BGFM's executive secretary at its headquarters in Springfield, IL. In the early 1960's he returned to Bemidji to teach world missions at OHCC, and also served as pastor of Chapel in the Pines while pursuing a B.A. degree at Bemidji State University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1967.

Combining ministry and academia was a life-long calling. Her husband, Reuben, received a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO in 1972, and sought to combine his interest in Social Science with his passion for Christ. As a professor he was a Christian presence at George Peabody College for Teachers, Vanderbilt University, Michigan State University, and Tennessee State University. He also taught at Christian schools including Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Sterling College, where he was Vice President and Academic Dean; and Biola University, where he was the Dean of Chaplains. Yet Reuben continued to minister as a pastor, providing pulpit supply and serving as interim pastor on a regular basis. He served as senior pastor at the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Sterling, KS and at one time was a part-time associate pastor at East Whittier Presbyterian Church in Whittier, CA and later at the First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He also served as a Christian conference speaker.

When Carolyn and her husband moved to Nashville, she had a counseling practice.
They had three children:
1. Faith Carolyn Brooks m. Stan De La Cour (were missionaries in Japan)children: Noelle (Bethany) De La Cour Bowden, Anna De La Cour, & 2 adopted sons, John and Joseph.
2. Joyce Miriam Brooks, lives in LaHabra, CA and works as an administrator for BIOLA University.
3. Brent Reuben Brooks (April) of Lucas, TX m. April Zahradnik. 
 
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 Parents:
  Otto Emmanuel Carlson (1907 - 1995)
  Ruth Evelyn Hjort Carlson (1903 - 1963)
 
 Spouse:
  Reuben Howard Brooks (1932 - 2010)
 
 Sibling:
  Carolyn Harriet Carlson Brooks (1933 - 1998)
  Lois E. Carlson Jorgenson (1936 - 1994)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Evelyn Rowe Nelson
Record added: Jun 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71507555
Carolyn Harriet <i>Carlson</i> Brooks
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Carolyn Harriet <i>Carlson</i> Brooks
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Carolyn Harriet <i>Carlson</i> Brooks
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