Carol Jose Died Peacefully December 8 at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay
By Space Coast Daily // December 21, 2020
Worked for Harris Corporation as Director of College Recruiting
She traveled the world, raised four kids, spoke four languages, and made a powerful positive difference in the lives of so many.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE BEACH, FLORIDA – Carol Jose, military wife, schoolteacher, corporate executive, author, journalist, civic leader, chef, mother, aunt, sister, “Mémé”, great grandmother, and dear friend, died peacefully December 8, 2020, at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Florida.
Carol had a full life! She traveled the world, raised four kids, spoke four languages, and made a powerful positive difference in the lives of so many.
In the 1960s and 1970s, she was a civilian working for the U.S. Foreign Service, a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, living in Paris, California, Hawaii, and Thailand. In the early 1980s, she was a high school teacher, attending UCF at night earning her MBA.
It was then she moved to Melbourne to work for Harris Corporation as Director of College Recruiting, attracting our nation’s top engineers to move to Brevard County.
Awarded Brevard’s “Woman of the Year,” Carol was honored to be president of the Brevard Cancer Society and dedicated to local women’s and children’s causes like Sally’s House.
Many throughout Brevard County knew Carol for her weekly column “The Food Queen” that ran in Florida Today for 20 years.
As a gourmet chef, she reviewed local restaurants, interviewing emerging chefs and nationally known greats like Julia Child and Todd English. In the 1990s and 2000s, she was happily married to her husband Dale and dedicated to her love for writing, completing 10 published books and numerous national magazine articles.
Her award-winning works included “The Sign of the Golden Grasshopper,” an account of the life of Sir Thomas Gresham, Financier to Queen Elizabeth and founder of the Royal Exchange, and “You are Not Forgotten,” written with fellow military widow Evelyn Grubb about Eve’s POW/MIA husband Newk, their family, The National League of Families and the history of the POW/MIA flag.
Carol will not be forgotten. She left a legacy of love and is survived by her brother and sister, four children, eight nieces and nephews, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many dear friends.
She will be buried in Arlington with her first husband, Ray Harper, Pilot, U.S. Army.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her honor to either Sally’s House or The Orange Duffel Bag Initiative, two causes helping children in need succeed.