Carol Brookshire Carol Brookshire, 25, Halstad, MN, died Wednesday, October 1, 2003, at her residence due to complications from Reyes Syndrome. Carol Ann Brookshire was born February 1, 1978, in Marion, IN, to Glen and Julie (Saga) Brookshire. Sh...
Carol Brookshire, 25, Halstad, MN, died Wednesday, October 1, 2003, at her residence due to complications from Reyes Syndrome.
Carol Ann Brookshire was born February 1, 1978, in Marion, IN, to Glen and Julie (Saga) Brookshire. She developed Reyes Syndrome at the age of 13 months. At the age of two, she moved with her family to Halstad. She attended the D.A.C. in Crookston and then Ada. Carol attended Special Education at Ada Borup High School and graduated in 1997. A very special person in Carol's life was Roberta Hettervig who was her teacher at the D.A.C. and continued teaching Carol through high school. She remained at home until her death. Carol passed away at her home under care of family, friends, and the Red River Hospice. She enjoyed being part of her mom's daycare. At "Julie's Playhouse," Carol taught children not to be afraid of people with disabilities. She enjoyed watching Vikings football with her dad, and the Twins baseball with grandpa Saga. Carol will be remembered as more than just a victim of Reyes Syndrome. For more than 25 years, she has been an inspiration to the family and friends as an example of strength, courage and the power of love. Countless numbers of children have been helped through the studies conducted by Indiana University Medical Center Staff, who researched Carol's case intensely as she was the youngest person known at the time to survive Reyes Syndrome.
Carol is survived by her parents; one sister, Donna (Randy) Scholl, Halstad, MN, one brother, Jason (Barb) Brookshire, Chicago, IL; grandmother, Maudie Brookshire, Converse, IN; grandfather, Leland H. Saga, Mentor, MN; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Lee Brookshire; grandmother, Valora Saga, aunts, Berdie Payment, Jean Ann Brookshire, Diana Brookshire; one uncle, Kim Olson and cousins, Kathy Cherf and Jill Rodela.
Funeral: 2:30 PM, Saturday, October 4, 2003, Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN.
Visitation: 5-7 PM Friday, at Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home, Halstad.
Prayer service: 6 PM Friday at the funeral home.
Burial: Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Mentor, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home, Halstad, MN.