Carol Sue Dean passed away peacefully on November 10, at Audrain Community Hospital in Mexico, MO, with family by her side.  Carol was born August 19, 1935 to Nelson and Vella Dee McCreery Armstong, in Moberly.  She married the love of her life, Phillip R. Dean, on May 2, 1952 at the tender age of 16.  They joyfully welcomed three children into their family, Rebecca Jo Chinn, Jackie N. (Gayle) Dean and Reggie V. Dean.  Carole spent their growing years as the voice of reason with her children’s overprotective father.  Of course, there were a few trips to the Emergency Room, which usually resulted in Phil telling everyone, “I told you so!”

Carol loved to love on people.  She sewed quilts, dolls and crafts constantly.  Her hands were rarely still.  When she wasn’t sewing, she was enjoying the flowers that she and Phil planted each summer at their home on Thomas Avenue. She spent entire years just planning quilts or other crafts as Christmas gifts for her 7 grandchildren, Heath Chinn (Kim), Heather Wheeler (Tyler), Erika Elston (Greg), Brooke Kendrick (Lee), Brittany Johnson (Patrick), Shannon Dean and Michelle Arrowsmith (Corbin) and 18 great-grandchildren.  She was so disappointed that she wasn’t well enough to complete a final gift for her soon to arrive first great-great grandchild.

Carol is also survived by a brother, Dale Armstrong (Teresa), brother-in-law Joe Loeber, and sisters in law Patti Blair, Deanna Armstrong and Bette (Ronnie) Hays, who she considered a sister.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Reggie and siblings, Kenneth Armstrong, Dave Armstrong, Donnie Armstrong, Linda Hendrix, Lana (Armstrong) Loeber and Larry Armstrong.

Carol was employed in early marriage at Henderson Produce Company, then later retired from Pet Foods, in Hannibal, Mo.  She was a member of the Monroe City First Christian Church.

Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Monday, November 15, at the Garner Funeral Chapel, Monroe City, Rev. Steve Goughnour was the officiate.  Burial was held at the St. Jude Cemetery, Monroe City following the services.  Visitation was held 11 a.m. Monday until time of services at Garner Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Heath Chinn, Tyler Wheeler, Lee Kendrick, Greg Elston, Patrick Johnson, Corbin Arrowsmith, Chad Armstrong and Brad Armstrong.  Honorary Pallbearers were Carol’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Monroe City General Vet Clinic.

Garner Funeral Home & Chapel, Monroe City, Missouri are serving the Carole Dean family.  Online condolence can be made at

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