Carol Ann Coward, 79, of Bull Shoals, Ark., formerly of Brownwood, died Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Brownwood after attending the funeral of her brother. Her funeral was March 10 at Riverside Church of Christ in Gassville, Ark., with burial following at Baxter Memorial Gardens in Mountain Home, Ark.

Carol Ann was born Oct. 13, 1936, in Fort Worth. She was adopted as an infant by W. Paul and E. Lucile Richardson of Brownwood. In 2000 after the death of her parents, was united with her biological family.

She married Shelly C. Coward on Feb. 22, 1969, at Austin Avenue Church of Christ Church in Brownwood. She also lived in Austin; Dallas; Denton; Baltimore, Maryland; Norfolk, Va.; Mehdia Beach, Morocco and semi-retired to Bull Shoals, Ark., in 1980.

She was a graduate of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and continued work toward a Masters degree. She held certificates of completion and credits in journalism, computers and photography from various colleges and universities.

She was a licensed pharmacist for 36 years, with secondary stints as an invoice audit clerk at Naval Training Command, Kenitra, Morocco, and freelance reporter for various Arkansas newspapers.

She served the Bull Shoals community in various capacities, including three terms on Bull Shoals City Council as well as serving on Bull Shoals Planning Commission, Bull Shoals City Hall Building Committee and Bull Shoals Park Commission.

Carol Ann was a Christian as defined in the Holy Scripture and as described in one of her favorite hymns, “Just a Sinner Saved by Grace.”

She is survived locally by her sister, Sandra S. Edgar of Brownwood; her sister-in-law, Glenda Richardson of Brownwood; three nieces and one nephew, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother;  birth mother, Eloise Hagler; half-brother, David Hagler; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews from her adopted and biological families; childhood friend, Myrna E.S. Lees, and three beloved dogs.

Memorials may be made to Bull Shoals TeleCare, P.O. Box 671, Bull Shoals, Ark. 72619.

Arrangements were by Roller Funeral Home. Please visit an online guestbook at