Nettie Carol Rose Dragoo was born on April 6, 1924 on a farm 4 miles east of Mahaska, Kansas to Harry and Mary (Wells) Rose. She spent her childhood days growing up on her parents’ farm and attended Glen Country School for eight years, and then graduated from Mahaska High School, Mahaska, Kansas in 1942. She was active in many school activities, one of which was participating in the senior class play Little Women. She was a freshman at the time, and said it was an “honor” to be included in the play. Carol married Gayle L. Dragoo on October 30, 1943 at Camp Campbell, Kentucky while Gayle was in the service of the US Army. During World War II while Gayle was serving overseas, Carol and her cousin Lillis Light lived together in Beatrice, Nebraska and later moved to Fairbury. Carol was then employed at the Fairbury State Bank. When Gayle was discharged from the Army in 1945, they made their home in Fairbury, where they lived for many, many years.
Carol shared her Grandma Wells name, Nettie. She told great stories about her Grandmother Wells – that she was quite the seamstress, and made several of her outfits, including her 8th grade graduation dress, cheer leader and Pep club uniforms. She said her Grandmother could sew up a dress just seeing it in the store and could sew it up without a pattern.
In 1946, Carol & Gayle joined the First Presbyterian Church of Fairbury. She was an active member of the church, helping with Sunday school classes and serving as Deacon. Carol & Gayle were blessed with 2 children, Karen & Dennis. Carol was a stay at home Mom until 1961 at which time she became employed at First National Bank of Fairbury. She loved working at the Bank and working with the public. She had many fond memories and stories to tell from those years of service and has continued those contacts and friends up until her very last days. She was also active in the Fairbury community with organizations such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, PTA, the Hospital Auxiliary, Fairbury Little Theatre, the Concert Series, and BPOE Elks Lodge. She was so proud to be able to attend Nebraska Cornhusker football games in Lincoln with her husband, grandchildren and friends. Both Carol and Gayle enjoyed Nebraska football very much, and in the last few years, Carol enjoyed following the Nebraska Girls Volleyball team as well. She was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan! Red was one of her favorite colors.
After her husband Gayle passed away, Carol moved to North Platte, Nebraska in 1994 where her daughter Karen lived. As she joined the North Platte community, she became involved with the Hospital Auxiliary at Great Plains Regional Medical Center and volunteered at the Hospital Gift Shop, as well as participating in the Foster Grandparent program with the North Platte public schools. She later moved back to Fairbury for a short period of time, and then moved to Lincoln where she lived with her daughter Karen and Jim. She enjoyed several years in Lincoln with family and friends.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Mary & Harry Rose, as well as her husband Gayle Loren Dragoo, her 4 siblings Wayne Rose, Wilma Rose Morgan, Patricia Rose Psota, and Jerald (Jerry) Rose, one grandchild, Gabriel Jacob Hull, and one great grandchild, Livia Reed Hull. She is survived by her daughter, Karen and husband Jim Imler (Lincoln), her son Dennis Dragoo (Fairbury), grandchildren Joseph Hull and wife Cara (Burke, SD), Edward Abraham (Ted) Hull (US Army – now stationed at Ft. Lewis in Washington, soon to be deployed and back to Fort Campbell, Kentucky), Elliott Hull and wife Nicole (North Platte), Eric Dragoo and wife Paige (Dallas, TX), Greg Dragoo and wife Angie (Fairbury) and Lisa Dragoo Davis (Lincoln). Great-grandchildren include Isaac, Maya, Michaela, Hannah Hull (Burke, SD), Avery Hull (North Platte), Jacob Hull (Nashville, TN) Chase & Chandler Dragoo (Fairbury), Halle & Peyton Davis (Lincoln), and Bella & Gage Dragoo (Dallas, TX), nieces Marilyn & Les Kolman (Plymouth), Linda & John Hammer (Fairbury), sister-in-law Sue Rose (Superior), as well as a host of friends both in Fairbury and Lincoln. She will be so very missed by all.
Services will be Monday, April 22, 2019 at 2:00 at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury with Pastor Douglas Hileman officiating. Memorials will go to the Family’s Choice. Burial will be in the Mahaska Cemetery. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.