Carol Ann Rose Offutt, 68, of Land O’Lakes, FL, passed away on February 27, 2021 after a lengthy illness, at Gulfside Hospice, with her family by her side.
Carol was born on May 1, 1952, to the late William and Margaret Rose in Latrobe, PA. Carol spent her early years with her parents, four brothers and two sisters in Latrobe, PA, York, PA and Frederick, MD. She graduated from Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in 1970.
Carol married Thomas (Tom) F. Offutt on April 6, 1974 at Mt. St. Mary’s College Chapel, Emmitsburg, MD. Carol and Tom settled in Frederick, MD, where they raised two children, Kelly and Ryan. Carol was a loving, nurturing homemaker with an infectious laugh, who created a home full of fun, creativity and homemade cookies.
As her children grew, Carol rededicated herself to her education, receiving an MBA from Hood College. Carol loved helping others, especially through her work teaching math at Frederick Community College, where she was celebrated for her unceasing encouragement and belief in her students’ potential.
After their children left home, Carol and Tom pursued new adventures together in Florida where they have resided for more than twenty years. Carol loved living close to her granddaughters, Delaney and Kylie and spending quality time with them. While in Tampa, Carol became a trained volunteer at Suncoast Hospice in Palm Harbor, FL, where she provided support and care for patients’ families.
Carol also wrote a book, ‘For This Marvelous Country,’ which tells the story of the start of her own parents’ friendship and romance through their wartime correspondence. In her book dedication, she said, “To my family, Thank you for sharing this loving journey. My heart is full.”
People always came first for Carol. She loved travelling to visit with her brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends around America. Carol also made wonderful memories travelling to Spain, Italy and France, and treasured her visits to the UK to be with her grandchildren Theodore, Bridget, and Jonah.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret Rose, respectively Frederick, MD and Ocoee, FL, and her nephew, Jonathan Rose.
Carol is survived by her husband, Thomas, her brother-in-law Paul Offutt and his wife, Kathy of Clermont, FL, her brother-in-law William Offutt, Jr. of Frederick, MD, her sister-in-law Grace Williams of N. Myrtle Beach, SC, her brothers, William Rose and his wife Claudine of Urbana, IL, John Rose and his partner Virginia of Eugene, Oregon, James Rose of Frederick, MD, Paul Rose and his wife Jeanette of Alpharetta, GA, her sisters, Betty Cavanaugh and her husband Wayne of Pylesville, MD and Maggie Montez of Palm Desert, CA, her children Kelly Cunha Pokorny and her husband Brett of St Petersburg, FL, and Ryan Offutt and his wife Emily, of Sheffield, England, and her grandchildren, her many beloved nieces, nephews and godchildren and her beloved dog, Allie.
Carol is loved and missed by so many family members and friends.
A memorial service will take place on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:30 p.m at Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg, FL. A celebration of life open house will follow at 2357 Green Way S. in St. Petersburg, FL. The internment will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD. More details will be available later, or you can contact the family for more information.