Caryl L. Andrews

Caryl L. Andrews

MADISON–Caryl Louise Andrews, age 94, died on Monday, November 27, 2017 at St. Mary’s Care Center, Madison WI.

She was the eldest daughter of Neal B and Emma L (Schulz) Andrews of Oakes ND. She was the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of homesteaders in Dakota Territory and a descendant of German immigrants to Wisconsin in the mid-1840s.

Caryl spent her first decade in Oakes. The family was displaced during the Great Depression and she attended school in Nampa ID, Everett WA, Astoria OR, and Pasadena CA before a brief return to Oakes. During her junior year in Oakes, she won the state oratorical contest sponsored annually by the American Legion. Her senior year was spent in Columbus WI where the family settled permanently. For two years following high school graduation, she worked for the Columbus Canning Company to earn money for college. She attended Olivet Nazarene College in Bourbonnais IL and transferred to the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she completed her BA and MA in History. As a junior she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Caryl was a teaching assistant at the university and continued her teaching career at Jonesboro State College in Arkansas and Long Branch Community College in New Jersey. While living in Long Branch, she was introduced to the Salvation Army and entered their officer training program in New York City. She served as an officer in the Salvation Army in Marion Ohio, Philadelphia, and The Bowery, Eastern Territory Headquarters and the Training School in New York City.

After retirement she returned to the Midwest and was able to spend time with her elderly mother before her mother’s death. Over a decade ago, she returned to live in Wisconsin.

She is survived by her sisters: Janice M Braker of Topeka KS and Jeanne A Griffith of Madison WI. She is also survived by nephews David and Daniel Griffith of Chicago, Roger (Sharon) Braker of Oklahoma City, Tom (Marlene) Braker of Fort Scott KS and nieces Sally Griffith-Oh (Oh Ji Woong) of Madison WI, Kathy (Sasan) Baharaeen of Kansas City, Jennifer (Kevin) Rea and Kerrie (Loren) Bacon of Topeka, and Julie (Aaron) Ross of Johnstown PA. She was preceded in death by nephew Steven Griffith, great nephew Jeremy Braker and brothers-in-law Willard Braker and Raymond Griffith.

A private service for the family will be conducted by the Reverend Michael Obinger of Whitewater with interment at Hillside Cemetery in Columbus WI.

“…and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4