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Arthur Carroll

December 17, 1916 — August 2, 2016

Arthur Eugene Carroll
Passed into eternal life on August 2, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 64 years, Mildred Carroll, of Roswell. He is survived by his daughter Mary Munkelwitz, of Albuquerque; grandchildren Brian Munkelwitz and wife, Mary; Jennifer Wilkerson and husband, Timothy; and Kevin Munkelwitz, all of Albuquerque; and Allison Jordon and husband, Andrew, of Kalama, WA. He is also survived by three beautiful great-grandchildren, Madeleine Wilkerson, Noel Wilkerson, and Juliette Munkelwitz, all of Albuquerque.

Arthur was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Arthur and Ruth (McWilliams) Carroll on December 17,1916. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945 during World War II on the Pacific front. During this time, he was stationed on Oahu, HI, as well as in the Philippines and other islands in the Pacific before being honorably discharged. In November 1945, he married the love of his life, Mildred Armbruster, and settled on Long Island, N.Y., where they raised their daughter. Arthur worked for New York Telephone Company until his retirement in 1981. He spoke often of how much he enjoyed his career with "Ma Bell," from scaling telephone poles in the early years to his time as a desk test man. Arthur enjoyed life on Long Island, especially the outdoors, and could often be found meticulously manicuring his lawn and growing tomato plants while trying to keep his pale Irish skin from burning under the sun.

Arthur and Mildred moved to Roswell in 1984 and enjoyed an active retirement. Arthur joined the Knights of Columbus and served as Faithful Navigator for a period during his many years of membership. He could often be found swimming laps at the pool at the New Mexico Military Institute, one of his favorite activities. This led to his participation in the New Mexico Senior Olympics, where he won a number of silver and bronze medals over the span of a decade. Arthur and Mildred enjoyed some traveling and made many trips to Albuquerque to see their family. Arthur was a perpetual jokester who never missed a beat. He was known for teasing visiting relatives with a "Gone Fishin'" sign posted on his garage and being quick with a punch line and a gentle elbow to the ribs. Young at heart, he was always up for adventure, including taking a ("Too slow!") spin on grandson Kevin's ("My Man") motorcycle while in his 90s.

For all the things he was - husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, stubborn Irishman, and almost-centenarian - Arthur, part of America's "Greatest Generation," will be greatly missed. Arthur's Catholic faith was a cornerstone of his life, and we know he has been reunited with his beloved wife and is at peace among God's angels.

The family would like to extend thanks to Presbyterian Hospice of Albuquerque, particularly to homecare hospice staff Julia and Bert, and in-patient hospice nurses Jan and Mary, for the excellent care and devotion to Arthur during these past few weeks. Your kindness toward the family will always be remembered.

Family and friends may visit from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Ballard Funeral Home with a rosary to follow at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, August 8, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's with Father Charlie officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at South Park Cemetery.


Ballard Funeral Home
910 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
Sunday, August 7, 2016
3:00 to 6:00 pm



Ballard Funeral Chapel
910 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
Sunday, August 7, 2016
6:00 pm

St. Peters Catholic Church
109 E. Deming
Roswell, NM  88203
Monday, August 8, 2016
10:00 am


South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
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