Carol Drummond, 76, was strong-willed and enjoyed to travel

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 | 9:58 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Carol (Jennings) Drummond was a fighter. If she had a problem, she would keep it to herself and never complain.

"She was a great laugher," said Jerry Drummond, her husband of 33 and a half years. "She was always thinking of someone else."

Mrs. Drummond died Saturday, June 1, 2013. She was 76. 

Mrs. Drummond was born April 7, 1937, in Long Beach, Calif., to Roy and Marguerite Lloyd Jennings. 

She married Jerry Drummond Nov. 23, 1979, in Whittier, Calif. About a year after they got married, Mrs. Drummond and her husband went to Mexico for their honeymoon, where they visited the Yucatan Peninsula and Palenque's Tomb. 

Mrs. Drummond worked as a credit analyst for Capital Brush Paint Company from 1979 to 1983.

Mrs. Drummond had a love of traveling. She and her husband moved to Shanghai, China, in 1986. While there, they traveled to several places such as Singapore, where they visited the Raffles Hotel and the National Orchid Garden, and Bangkok, Thailand. They returned back to their home in California in June 1988.

Mrs. Drummond and her husband also traveled to Egypt and visited King Tut's Tomb and the Egyptian pyramids. The couple then traveled to Jerusalem, where they visited four Stations of the Cross. They also visited Bethlehem and went to the Jordan River, where John baptized Jesus in the Bible.

Mrs. Drummond filled a bottle with the water from the river and used it to baptize four of her grandchildren.

Mrs. Drummond and her husband also traveled to England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, where they both kissed the Blarney Stone at the Blarney Castle.

"In our minds, we knew we wanted to do our traveling when we were young," Mr. Drummond said. "It's a good thing we did."

Mrs. Drummond and her husband often drove through Columbia on the way to visit his immediate family. After staying a night in Columbia, she decided it was where she wanted to live after they retire, her husband said. Mrs. Drummond and her husband moved to Columbia on June 17, 2006.

One of Mrs. Drummond's biggest highlights in life was when she lived in Shanghai, China, and was asked to recite a poem she had written for Women's Day, a Chinese holiday, on national television.

"At least 3 million people would have seen it," Mr. Drummond said.

 Mr. Drummond couldn't think of just one good memory with his wife because there were too many.

"We've had some really good times all over the world," Mr. Drummond said, "We've been fortunate enough to experience things most people only get to dream about."

Mrs. Drummond is survived by her husband; two sons, Earl Gibbs of Columbia and Steve Andrew and his wife Tina of Mansfield, Texas; a stepson, David Drummond; a stepdaughter, Janet Drummond a half-sister, Arlene Caine grandchildren, Gabriel Gibbs, Cael Gibbs, Kaylee Andrew and Karlee Andrew; and stepgrandsons, Daniel Denner and David Denner.

Her brother, Toby Jennings, and sister, Sandy Harris, died earlier.

At her request, no services will be held.

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