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1947 Carol 2021

Carol J. Robertson

January 27, 1947 — May 30, 2021

A private family service to celebrate Carol's life will be held with interment at Sunbeam Cemetery, Holden Township, Hand County, South Dakota at a later date. Please direct memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or Avera@home Hospice.

CAROL JEAN ROBERTSON was born January 27, 1947, in Miller, SD, to Jewell and Eleanor (Schlecter) Campbell. She was the youngest of the ten Campbell kids. After graduating from Miller High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Mount Marty College. Carol was married to John Robertson on October 17, 1970; they made their home in Pierre and raised three daughters – Molly, Kate, and Megan. Carol and John moved to Sioux Falls in 2004. Carol was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 and moved to Edgewood Vista in 2019, where her devoted care team became a second family in the final stage of her life. On Sunday, May 30, 2021, Carol died peacefully under hospice care at the age of 74 years, four months and three days.

Carol was a champion of social justice, and her passion guided her professional path. She worked with several organizations whose missions aligned with her own throughout her career, including Community HealthCare, the South Dakota Self-Sufficiency Project, Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center, Easter Seals, the South Dakota Bureau of Personnel, and the Division of Human Rights, and in earlier years as a science teacher, animal clinic director, daycare provider, VISTA volunteer, and always the cherished role of mother. Carol was an active supporter of the women’s rights movements, the American Indian Movement, and an advocate for underserved communities. Her service and dedication to equality, education, and a better world for all were values she instilled in her daughters.

Carol is survived by her adoring husband of 50 years, John Robertson of Sioux Falls, SD; daughters Molly (Nate) Golla of Luverne, MN, Kate (Andy) Bartel of Anchorage, AK, and Megan Robertson of Northern California; grandchildren Jackson Golla, Josephine Golla, James Bartel, and Angus Bartel; siblings Kathleen Stanage of Hurley, SD, Alice (Bill) Enger of Corona, CA, and Francis (Mary Lou) Campbell of Sioux Falls, SD; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Patricia Schulte, Imelda White, Joseph Campbell, Florence Gilloth, Florine Campbell, and Thomas Campbell.

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