Carol S. Abbott
ORONO -- Carol (Stevenson) Abbott died unexpectedly on March 2, 2012, in Bangor, with her loving husband and children at her side.
She was born in Boston, Mass., on Nov. 11, 1937, the daughter of Ruth and Frederick Stevenson. Carol was raised in Melrose and Reading, Mass., graduating from Reading Memorial High School in 1955. She graduated from the University of Maine in 1959 with a degree in English. While at the University of Maine, she met her future husband, Walter H. Abbott.
Carol married Walter on Feb. 20, 1960. Last month they celebrated 52 years of marriage. They had a strong, loving marriage filled with happiness and friendship.
In addition to Walter, Carol is survived by their son Steven, his wife Amy, and their children Hannah and Henry, all of Portland; their son Scott and his daughter Erin of Orono and Bangor; and their daughter Sherry of Portland. Carol is also survived by her brother Peter and his wife Nadia of Rockport, Mass.
Carol loved her experience as a student at the University of Maine where she and Walter made many lifelong friends. At UMaine Carol was selected 'Calico Queen,' and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduation, in addition to raising their children, Carol worked as an elementary school teacher
for 20 years. She spent the majority of her career at Asa C. Adams school in Orono; she also taught at schools in Fairfield and Old Town.
Carol was very close to Steve, Scott, and Sherry's friends from Orono High School and enjoyed those relationships throughout her life. She enjoyed volunteering for organizations, including the March of Dimes, the Heart Association, the Girl Scouts, and the Orono Booster Club. She was a consistent supporter of the Good Shepherd Food Bank.
Walter worked for more than 50 years as a football coach, professor, and administrator for the University of Maine. During that time, Carol served as a second mother for hundreds of UMaine students and coaches. Her home was a social gathering spot for generations of students past and present, and she loved hosting the many visitors who would stop by the Abbotts' house
Carol S. Abbott
when they would return to Orono. She would frequently prepare meals for large gatherings of Walter's students and especially enjoyed the fun and excitement of the start of his outdoor trips when the students would meet at their house.
For more than 50 years, Carol was a fixture at UMaine sporting events. At every home football game, she could be found in 'Coaches' Corner,' which became a well-known meeting area for Carol and Walter's friends at the home football games.
Carol and Walter built a camp in the mountains outside of Rumford, where she loved to garden and read. She also enjoyed exercise, and was a regular at the UMaine fitness center where she would walk, bike, and lift weights. Carol enjoyed fishing, summer days at the coast, and making all holidays special for her family.
In addition to being a terrific mother to her three children, she loved being an aunt and, most of all, a grandmother. She was known as 'Nana' to Erin, Hannah, and Henry. She found her grandchildren to be a constant source of joy and amusement, and she cherished every minute with them. She also looked forward to the arrival of her newest grandchild in just a few weeks.
Carol was a uniquely beautiful woman, who made everyone around her feel better for knowing her. Her smile and warm personality made people feel relaxed and loved. Carol cared deeply for her family and her friends. She was a gentle and kind woman. Carol had an inner strength and steadiness of character that made her a most supportive and dedicated wife, mother, and friend.
A memorial service will take place at the United Methodist Church in Orono on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Steven Smith officiating. A reception will follow at the Buchanan Alumni House on College Avenue in Orono from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com
Gifts may be sent to:
The University of Maine Foundation
Two Alumni Place
Orono, Maine 04469-5792
to the Carol and Walter Abbott Scholarship Fund, which benefits University of Maine students.