CAROL KATHERINE JAMIESON DREYER 1937 - 2019
Carol K. Dreyer passed away on November 26, 2019 in Fort Walton Beach following an extended illness.
Carol was born in Bangor, Maine on May 12, 1937 to John and Ruth Jamieson. She met and married Robert Dreyer in Bangor and became a military spouse who would travel with her family from Maine to Colorado, California, Texas, Japan and Florida. Carol enjoyed her travel and looked forward to making friends at every one of her family's new assignments.
She was always ready for an adventure. While stationed on Japan for three years, she lived with her family in a Western style house in an all Japanese community. She became the Beautiful American, who on National Boy's Day, hoisted the requisite silk flag on the traditional house flagpole for each boy in the residence. The neighborhood certainly took notice and constantly checked to determine whether she understood the true meaning of their reason for the holiday.
As her family grew to include five sons, her kitchen became a center for wonderful and plentiful dishes savored by everyone then even as they are today. As grandchildren came along, she made every effort to never miss sending a card and a gift or visiting on each of their birthdays and holidays. She did succeed, however, in spoiling a number of her beloved Yorkies over the years.
While a dedicated young mother and wife, she was still able to make time enough for other interests. After attending performances of the Bolshoi Ballet and the English Royal Ballet, Carol took ballet instruction from a former professional dancer as an exercise routine which she found enjoyable.
Her interests extended to studying, fashioning and assembling gold and silver jewelry at the University of West Florida. Her pieces were exquisite and much of what she created was gifted to family and friends. Following the family's move to Florida after Air Force life, she and two friends established and opened The Basket Vine in Fort Walton Beach. There they taught craft classes in weaving and artistic sewing. Carol also continued to pursue her love of art while taking painting lessons from local artists, much as she had done in Japan. She also received her real estate license, joined with an agency and enjoyed appreciable success.
Mrs. Dreyer was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings to include her brother John Jamieson and wife Bettie, her sister Barbara Jamieson Grenzebach and husband Earl William Grenzebach, her brother Lawrence Jamieson, her brother Kevin Jamieson and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews many of whom resided in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
She is survived by her husband of sixty four years Robert Dreyer, sons Robert Dreyer of Pensacola, Florida, Christopher Dreyer of Tampa Bay, Florida, Clifford Dreyer of Pensacola, Florida, Roderick Dreyer and spouse Barrie Hurst Dreyer together with sons, Taylor and Thomas Dreyer of Fayettville, Georgia, and C. Kevin Dreyer of Panama City, Florida, together with her sister Jessica Jamieson Ellis and husband John Ellis and their son Joshua of Houston, Texas. Carol is also survived by her very special niece, Jennifer Grenzebach of Fort Walton Beach, Florida for whom she became Guardian following the passing of Jennifer's father, Colonel Earl William Grenzebach in 1967 and her mother, Carol's sister Barbara Jamieson Grenzebach in 1973.
Carol was always there with a smile to offer help of any kind to anyone in need. She had a gift of selflessness, putting others first.
A close friend recently remarked that time spent with Carol was a gift. A thought which may be remembered by each of us now and for whatever days in the future that the Lord may allot to us. Rest well, beloved Carol. Rest well.
An Assembly of Friends and Family will be held at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home on December 9, 2019 from 5PM until 7 PM. To share memories, express condolences and sign the guest book please visit www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
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