Carolyn Darwin Voke
Carolyn Darwin Voke, age 90, died Sunday, August 28.
Family, Faith and Friends were most important to her in life.
She grew up in Anderson, Indiana and graduated from Anderson High School and attended Butler University where she majored in Music.
She later received her Masters from Purdue and continued classes at Rollins College, FSU and FL Southern.
In 1946 Carolyn married her HS sweetheart, Robert Voke.
They were married for 61 faithful years.
They moved to Maitland, Florida in 1958, with their children Mark and Bethany.
Bob retired from Martin Marrietta after 35 years.
Bob and Carolyn were Charter Members and actively involved at First Baptist Church, Winter Park.
Teaching was large part of her life.
She taught for over 40 years.
36 of those at Dommerich Elementary School in Maitland, Florida.
She was a member of the Florida Professional Practices Commissions, Florida Beginning Teachers Program, Master Teacher, Peer Teacher, and Lecturer and presenter at many national Conferences.
Author or multiple publications for the Gifted Students, state officer of ACEI, and listed in Who’s Who of American Women.
She was blessed to be the Runner Up for the First Teacher in Space on the Challenger NASA project.
Along with nine other teachers, she pioneered the Gifted program in the state of Florida.
In 1994 Bob and Carolyn began building their dream home in Cashiers, North Carolina.
Carolyn designed the log home and Bob built most of the furniture.
It became a gathering place for family and friends.
They were blessed to travel many places in the world.
Carolyn was a member of Winter Park Musicale, Pi Beta Phi sorority, American Association of University Women, Rollins College, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne Bach Choirs, Adult Literacy League, Central Florida Watercolor Society, Art League of Highlands, Volunteer at the Cashiers, NC Library and Show House in Cashiers.
In 2008, after losing her beloved Bob, Carolyn moved to Park Springs Retirement Community in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
She became an active member there making many new and wonderful friends.
She served on many committees, was committed to the art program there and taught Bible Study.
Her retirement allowed her to follow her passion and talent for watercolor painting.
She attend many activities at this wonderful community.
Carolyn was an involved member of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Lilburn, Georgia.
She collectively taught SS for 50 years and loved worshipping on Sundays.
Carolyn is survived by son Mark Voke and daughter Bethany Cowan, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Donations can be made to the Park Springs Foundation (a scholarship program)- 500 Springhouse Circle, Stone Mtn., Georgia, 30087 in memory of Carolyn Voke.