Dec. 20, 1920 – Oct. 23, 2012

Carol B. Thompson, who worked in real estate sales in the Clarence, Akron and Newstead areas for half a century, died Oct. 23 in Bradenton, Fla. She was 91.

A native of Buffalo, the former Carol Beard lived in Clarence Center until last year. Her first husband, Karl T. Krehbiel Jr., died in 1949. Her second husband, of 31 years, Charles Thompson, died in 1997.

Mrs. Thompson began working as a licensed agent with R.K. Beard Real Estate, founded by her father. She continued in that role after the business was acquired by her brother, Roland K. Beard Jr., who survives.

In 1965, she bought the agency from her brother and renamed it Carol Beard Real Estate. The agency later was acquired by Stovroff Herman Inc., now Realty USA.

She continued as an active seller and lister with Stovroff and then moved to USA Referrals. She maintained her license and activity until 2008.

Mrs. Thompson also was a cafeteria worker in Clarence Central Schools from 1955 to 1965.

In the early 1950s, she learned of the new Trick or Treat for UNICEF “Kids Helping Kids” project and organized the first drives in the Clarence Center area.

For many years, she was an active member of the governing board of Clarence Center United Methodist Church and a member of the Greater Buffalo Board of Realtors.

She also was an avid collector of dolls. In later years, she displayed and discussed her selections of dolls at gatherings in senior citizen centers and nursing homes.

Survivors, besides her brother, include a son, Thomas K. Krehbiel; two daughters, Karen L. Abell and Wendy K. Holcomb; and a sister, Norma A. Beard.

A memorial service will be held in Clarence Center United Methodist Church next summer on a date to be determined.