|Lois Walsworth Carroll, daughter of William and Huron Walsworth, was born May 10, 1905. After graduating from high school, she chose to become a teacher and enrolled at Louisiana Tech where she received a two-year teacher's certificate. She taught in Jackson Parish until she married William Hardie Carroll in 1931. She could no longer teach at that time because married women were not allowed to teach.
In 1935; when Hardie told her of his call to preach, she gladly accepted the challenge of giving support to him as he prepared to answer the call. He enrolled at Westminster Junior College in Tehuacana, Texas, and Lois became housemother, cook, etc. at the girls’ dormitory. After two years there, they moved to Commerce; Texas, where they both received degrees at East Texas State Teachers College. They returned to Louisiana to serve churches for thirty-three years.
Lois was a devoted wife and companion in ministry. When she was in her forties, she learned to play the piano and played for services when they would otherwise have been singing acappella. She was an excellent teacher in the public schools and the church. A prominent surgeon was recently speaking of her great influence for good in his life. He said, “I still remember many things Mrs. Carroll taught me in Sunday School.” Even as she learned of the dread disease that would take her life a year later, she was preparing to teach a United Methodist Women's study. Many lives have been blessed and strengthened through her ministry of teaching.
In that last year of illness, Lois' serenity, peace and hope witnessed to the fact that God had been, and still was, her Refuge and Strength. In the long months, her allegiance to Christ never wavered. On Christmas Eve, in the beautifully decorated sanctuary of McGuire United Methodist Church in West Monroe, her pastor, Rev. Deen Thompson, led in celebration and thanksgiving for this lovely lady who shared life with us for a while.
She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Herman Wilder of Chatham and one brother, Leo Walsworth of West Monroe.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference UMC 1983, page 190, By: Roy L. Garrett|