Carolyn Brown (Brown) Goss

Born: Wed., Oct. 31, 1934
Died: Mon., May 30, 2016

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Carolyn Brown Goss, age 81, a longtime resident of Brandon, died Monday May 30, 2016 at Rutland Manor after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. 


Carolyn was born October 21, 1934 in Portland, Maine.  She was the daughter of the late Dr. Stephen and Dorothy (Wyman) Brown.  She grew up in Portland where she received her early education.  Carolyn received a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education from the University of New Hampshire.  Carolyn taught physical education at Middlebury High School after college.  June 21, 1958 she married Robert Earl Goss in Mars Hill, Maine and they moved to Brandon where they continued to live until their deaths.  Carolyn and Bob had three children Dorrie, Paul and Shirley.  She left teaching to raise children.  Later she worked as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in Brandon for many years.  Carolyn served the community in many capacities.  She was an EMT and a volunteer for the Brandon Area Rescue Squad for more than 20 years.  She taught numerous children to swim in the towns of Goshen and Leicester.  She will be remembered for her warm smile, bright laugh and accepting and kind nature.  She created a home where everyone was welcome, whether it was cooking a Thanksgiving dinner or piling kids in the car to go to a swimming hole on a hot summer day.  She introduced many children to joys of outdoor recreation and will be remembered as touching many lives in positive ways. 


Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Robert Goss. She is survived by her brother Stephen Brown of Mars Hill, Maine, two daughters, Dorrie Bruso of Ronan, Montana, Shirley Azzopardi (John) of Ronan, Montana, and one son, Paul Goss of Brandon.  She is also survived by three grandsons: Sean Bruso, Ethan Goss-Dickie and Dana Goss-Dickie. 


A memorial service “In Celebration of Her Life” will be held on Saturday July 9, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Brandon United Methodist Church.  The Reverend Ken Bevin will officiate.  Following the ceremony the family will receive friends, in the church hall, for a time of remembrance.


Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to Parkinson’s disease Association, Vermont Chapter, 1 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05401.


Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.






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