Carole S. Gregory Justice

March 20, 1944 ‒ May 02, 2018

Marion, Ohio

A strong and vibrant woman, Carole S. Gregory Justice, age 74, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Riverside Methodist Hospital following a stroke she suffered 48 hours prior.

On March 20, 1944, Carole was born an identical twin with her sister, Nancy, in Marion, Ohio, the fifth and sixth children of the late Robert and Helen (Hopkins) Gregory.  She graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1962.

Carole worked at Marion County Job and Family Services as a receptionist and at the Smith Clinic as a pharmacy technician, until she found her dream as a librarian with the Marion City Schools.  She was in heaven when she was surrounded by books, a love she enjoyed sharing with all of the students.  She worked there for over ten years, until she retired in 2010.

Getting another chance at love, Carole married her loving husband, Sammie Justice, on December 27, 1992.  Together they shared a “love of sunshine and water,” spending their summers traveling in their RV to many parts of Ohio-Lake Erie was a favorite destination, and as much of their winters as possible along the gulf coast of Florida.

Having a strong Christian faith, Carole recently enjoyed attending the First Presbyterian Church in Marion, and formerly attended Epworth United Methodist Church and St. Paul Episcopal Church.  Every church Carole ever attended she would volunteer to sing in the choir as quickly as possible.

Every year, one of Carole’s favorite hobbies, was tending to her flower and vegetable gardens.  She had a green thumb, and had a deep appreciation for nature.

To say Carole was an avid reader would be quite the understatement.  She had an eclectic taste in books and often was reading two and three books at a time.

Throughout Carole’s life, she enjoyed singing every chance she got.  She loved participating in the Messiah Chorus, Christmas at the Palace, and she even sang in a female quartet for a few years.

Most important of all to Carole was her family.  She cherished every moment spent with her children and grandchildren, and she was all of their biggest fans in everything they ever participated in.  Carole’s favorite time of year was Christmas, when her grandchildren would bring their guitars and they would all sing Christmas carols together.

Carole was a brave and courageous woman who persevered through every challenge she faced in life, all of which “she faced head on and with a little bit of sass.”  She managed being a teenage mother, and was a proud breast cancer survivor for twenty-two years.  She had a vibrant spirit and fun loving personality that drew everyone to her, and she was the most loving person you could ever know.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Sammie Justice; three children: Kim (Jim) Fox of Wayne, OH, Kelly (Steve) Williams of Marion, and John (Cheryl) Gleespen of Chillicothe; seven grandchildren: Justin (Melissa) Fox, Jessica (Jon) Kynard, Jeremiah (Chelsie) Fox, Ehrick (Elizabeth) Williams, Erin (Jerrod) Slater, and Bailey and Brynn Williams; six great-grandchildren: Madison, Natalie, Gavin, Cassidy, and Adelynn Fox, and Willa Slater; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her parents, Carole was preceded in death by all five of her siblings: Clara Scroggins, Margaret McDonald, Jane McDonald, Robert Gregory, and her twin, Nancy Lenavitt.

Her family will greet friends from 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at the First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion, with Rev. Rob Howard officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research (, or the American Stroke Association (

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Carole’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Letting Kim and her family know that everyone at the Welcome Center at Wood County Hopital are saying prayers for comfort and strength. Your mother was a very special person and we know she will be missed very much.

  • My deepest sympathies are with Sam and Carole’s entire family. She was such a dear friend who is already missed immensely. I will cherish our long talks in which she always made me feel like she was one of my biggest supporters throughout life’s challenges. Carole understood what it meant to be a true friend. Carole’s love for Sam was that of a soulmate, and she was so proud of all her children and grandchildren. Carole was one of Jesus’s disciples who truly made a difference. Her spirit has impacted so many, and that spirit will continue to live on in our hearts.

  • We met Sam and Carole 7-8 years ago!!! We quickly connected in so many ways!! They became two of our best friends….we will truly miss her beautiful smile and wit and most of all her loving personality! She is a beautiful person and we will always cherish our time we had with her!

  • Sam, I am so very sorry for the loss of Carol for you and your family and for the loss all of her friends feel. I will miss her terribly! I am blessed to have met her. She was an Angel on Earth, such a beautiful person.
    My thoughts and many prayers are with you and your family.


  • I’m so sorry to hear of Carole’s passing. She was such a sweet and fun-loving person. She’ll be sorely missed.

  • My Deepest Condolences to Sammie and the Family. Carol was a joy to know. That beautiful smile of hers will truly be missed. Carol was not only a beautiful person on the outside but a beautiful person on the inside as well. She will sorely be missed by many.

  • Kim, Pam and I are so sorry about the passing of your mother. She obviously was a very loved person by so many. We Are praying for you and your entire family during this time.

  • Carole and Nancy were both my aunts. But were more like my older sisters. They took me to many different events. They both lived with my mom and dad in New Bloomington at different times in our lives.
    I am grieving Carole.
    I know Carole is with Nancy in Heaven.
    SAM, I am very sorry for your loss.
    Kim, Kelly, and John my empathy and sympathy is with you.
    Our tears will flow and the pain will hurt for we are human.
    But GOD is great and hopefully will comfort us in time.

  • Kim, Jim and family. Reading about your mom shows that she had a wonderful life experience, and she passed on her faith and kindness to her family members. It had to be hard to go on without her twin, and to be the last one standing in her original family group…..but it would appear she found the life tools she needed to be a true survivor. We are all saddened here at the Hospital for your loss. We were shocked at the news and we still are in many ways. Although we look forward to you coming back to work, we know it will be hard to get past this time of sorrow. We will all encourage you and help you in any way we can. Just the way you would help all of us in a similar situation. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers, and that we will be keeping the lights on for your return!

  • My deepest sympathies for your family’s loss. Carole was such a wonderful person and I am humbled and honored to have known her. May God bless and comfort your family during this very difficult time.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful woman. Prayers sent out to the family.

  • Kim, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Carol’s death. She was an awesome and kind woman. Sending love to Sam and family during this difficult time.