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Carrie Marie Broughton

Obituary for Carrie Marie Broughton

February 8, 1923 - April 19, 2019
| Age 96

Loving Aunt, Sister and Friend


Carrie Marie Broughton was born in Norge, Virginia on February 8, 1923 to Henry and Carrie Broughton. Her parents had emigrated to Minnesota from Norway in the 1890's. Her sister (our mom) always said that the climate in Minnesota was too much like what they had left in Norway, so my grandparents moved south to Virginia. Carrie was the youngest of six children: her siblings were Oliver, Harold, Julian, Ruth, and Henry. Interestingly enough, the siblings died in birth order. She is survived by 12 nieces and nephews and their families.

Carrie followed her sister Ruth to Cleveland in the 1950s. She worked for Salomon Brothers for the majority of her career as an executive secretary. She loved working for Salomon Brothers. She often got to use the office's baseball tickets or hockey tickets. Another highlight of her work there was meeting Indians pitcher Bob Feller, who was a client of theirs. In those years, she was very active in the Cleveland Executive Secretaries group, serving as President from 1980-1982. When Salomon Brothers closed their Cleveland office, she went to work for Standard Oil and later worked for Jack Bergren in Cleveland Heights.

As we grew up, Carrie was with our family for Sunday dinner almost every week, and was always with us on holidays if she wasn't in Virginia. Many Sunday afternoons were spent playing bridge. A fun fact is that while we were growing up, our Virginia cousins called her Aunt Carrie but we always called her Kiss…we think that had been a childhood nickname.

Carrie loved to travel. We remember her many weekend or summer vacation trips to places like Niagara Falls or Greenfield Village. It did take her awhile to embrace flying. There was the Virginia trip in the early 60's where her flight had a stop in Pittsburg. Evidently, that first flight didn't agree with her, she got off the plane, left the airport, and proceeded to take the train the rest of the way to Richmond! But in the early 70's, her desire to go to Hawaii outweighed her fear of flying and she signed up for a tour led by Dick Goddard. Her sister Ruth fretted for months that when the time came to get on the plane, she'd chicken out…but she went to Hawaii and loved it and flying. After that trip there was no stopping her. She went to Norway in 1988. She and her cousin Molly traveled to Seattle and cruised to Alaska; on another trip they visited Sedona and the Grand Canyon.

She was an avid sports fan, she and our mom took us to lots of Indians' games. She also liked hockey. More recently, in addition to being a Tribe fan, she's been a huge Cavaliers fan. Friends have taken her to many Cavs' games, even this past February and March. In fact, we're kind of surprised that LeBron isn't here today.

Carrie was a longtime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She sang in the choir, played handbells, served on the altar guild, was part of Holidays Angels gifts for neighborhood families, and participated in the Interfaith Hospitality Network, occasionally spending the night at the church with the families.

After she retired, she worked as a volunteer at the Oxford Elementary School, helping kids with reading. She was active in several bridge groups and attended many concerts at Severance and Blossom. She was also active in the local Swedish heritage group, Vasa. Her great-niece Anne Claire remembers Carrie teaching her how to make lefse (Norwegian potato pancakes) and warning her away from lutefisk, whitefish preserved in lye. Carrie was very active in retirement…and she lived independently in a second floor walk-up apartment until she was 92. She had a bad fall and could no longer do the stairs easily. She moved to Rockport Assisted Living and was happy there. We truly appreciate the care that she got at Rockport from Penny and her staff.

We want to thank all of you for being a part of Carrie's life.

These remarks were read by nieces Judy and Carol at Carrie's funeral at Peace Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights, OH on April 25. Carrie is survived by nieces Carol Auping, Judy Auping, and Barbara Parsley, and nephews David Broughton, John Broughton, Paul Broughton, Mike Broughton, Richard Broughton, Billy Joe Broughton, Eric Broughton, Bill Broughton, and Bobby Broughton…and their families.

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