Carol Jill Romkey Passenger Illness Death Allure of the Seas – On Sunday, January 5, 2019, Carol Cerny Romkey, 62, from Bettendorf, Iowa passed away during a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship Allure of the Seas Caribbean cruise.
Carol Romkey got sick while aboard the ship, dehydration led to other problems after she caught the virus. Doctors aboard the cruise ship tried to treat her, but her virus didn’t improve when they docked in Miami.
She is survived by her husband; three sons, Ryan (Isabelle) of Thornton, Co.; Matt (Hilary) of Des Moines; and Drew of Davenport; two grandchildren and one step-grandson; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Nancee.
Carol was a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where she was editor of the Northern Star newspaper. She started her career as a reporter at the Daily Dispatch in Moline. At the Dispatch, Carol met Mike, who knew from the first time he saw Carol that they were going to get married. Though it took Mike a while to convince Carol of the fact, eventually she came around.
After getting married, Carol and Mike moved to Florida and worked for a year editing romance novels for a publisher in North Palm Beach, Florida.
Returning to the Midwest to start a family, Carol became public relations director for Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa.
After taking a year off following the birth of her first child, Ryan, Carol got a job as a writer and editor at ACT (formerly American College Testing) in Iowa City. Carol worked at ACT for more than 30 years, including serving as senior editor in the publications department. Carol played an integral role in the company’s marketing and publishing divisions for many years in an exacting zero-error environment.
Carol was an editor’s editor, dedicated, meticulous and precise. If there was an error in copy, Carol would find it. She also had an excellent ear for language and could add sparkle to any prose. In retirement she continued to be the go-to resource ACT employees and former employees turned to for editing resumes and other critical documents.
Carol was an avid sailor and enjoyed spending weekend afternoons on the Mississippi River aboard her boat, “Sprite.” She loved traveling with friends to Ireland, Scotland, Africa and the Caribbean. She especially liked the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and spent many happy vacations in Telluride surrounded by family, friends and music.