Carol Sheridan: July 20, 1934-Oct. 21, 2017



Carol Marguerite Sheridan was born on July 20, 1934, in Vancouver, Wash. to Myrtle and Francis Brown.

Later the family moved to Tacoma. Her father was killed in a car accident. Later, her mother remarried. Her new husband was Raymond Buckner. They had two more children, Ray and Mary Sue.

Carol grew up in Tacoma and went to Franklin Elementary and Jason Lee Junior High. She graduated from Stadium High School in 1952. She went to Central Washington University where she got a bachelor’s degree in education with a major in French and history and a minor in English.

She then was hired as a French and history teacher at Shoreline High School, where she was working when she met her husband-to-be John Roger Sheridan. When they started a family, Carol stopped teaching for awhile. When Roger got a position as a physics professor at the University of Alaska, they moved to Fairbanks.

They adopted a child, after having one of their own in Seattle. The adopted child was a boy who was one quarter Tlingit Indian. While in Alaska, Carol worked as a reading aide and a substitute teacher, and then she got a teaching position as a teacher of the gifted and talented.

The family lived in Fairbanks until 1987 when all but the son moved down to Washington. They stayed in Federal Way with Carol’s parents, then bought a house on Whidbey Island. Their son was in a bicycle accident and later died. Carol and Roger later moved to another house on the island. After they moved, Roger died. His heart had stopped while he was driving.

Carol was 83 when she died on Oct. 21, 2017. She is survived by a brother, Raymond Buckner; a sister, Mary Sue Degerman; and a daughter, Lenita Graves.

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