Carol Ann Boyd, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, 73, resident of Brainerd, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, with her family by her side.
Carol was born on March 3, 1938, in Brainerd, the daughter of Margaret (Gorton) and Howard Shanks. After graduating from Washington High School in 1956, Carol attended St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated as a registered nurse. She kept in close contact with her nursing friends and so many other friends and relatives. After nursing school, Carol met and married her lifelong partner, her ever-loving husband Marty. Carol began working as an RN at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1959 and retired in 1995. She worked in ICU, surgery, pediatrics, OB, infection control and staffing. Carol also taught nursing students at the Brainerd Vocational Technical School.
Carol was an avid sports fan and enjoyed cheering on the Minnesota Vikings and Twins, as well as her grandchildren’s various athletic teams. Carol was artistic and talented in many areas. She was the church organist for many years at the Evangelical United Methodist and the Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood. She was also blessed with a beautiful voice and enjoyed singing in the church choir as well as other venues. Carol also enjoyed reading, painting, gardening, decorating, browsing antique and craft stores and creating handmade gifts for her family and friends. Carol was always there when needed by her family and loved ones. She was often the first person called in an emergency, medical or otherwise. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Martin; four children, Tracey, of Virginia, Minn., Tim, of Pine River, Minn., Steve, of Brainerd, and Lynda (Bill) Mettler, of Brainerd; seven grandchildren, Kasey and Kylor Johnston, Mikaela and Kelsey Boyd, Jakob, Lukas and Nicklas Mettler.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Howard Shanks; older brother, Robert Shanks; and older sister, Dorothy Knoll.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with a short service to follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Rory Swenson officiating.
Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.