|Birth: ||Oct. 22, 1941|
|Death: ||Jul. 20, 2011|
Carole Jean McGee went to join her Lord after battling cancer for nine years.
Carole leaves her husband, Allen D. McGee of Boca Raton, Florida, her son Joseph Holton McGee of Delray Beach, Florida and his wife, Kelly and grandson, Connor Allen McGee, as survivors. She also leaves her brother, William Holton of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a sister, Ann Robertsen of Minnetonka, Minnesota.
While receiving a Bachelor of Science from Bucknell University, she pursued her considerable artistic talents in painting, sculpturing, flower arranging and gardening as a life-long mission. Carole was the founder of the Gregory's Gardeners at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Boca Raton where she was also active in the church Altar Guide.
When first married, Carole wasted little time in finding a job in Arkansas. In moving from metropolitan Washington where she was working in research at National Institute of Health to rural Arkansas where research was something that occurred elsewhere, she became the supervisor for the Physical and Occupational Therapy Department at the Arkansas Children's Colony a state facility for handicapped children both mental and physical. The children loved her and she loved the children.
She and a friend put together a grant application to start an independent living facility, a home away from the institution that could provide a safe and supervised home for those children who were capable of working in menial jobs in the community. The grant application was successful and the grant enabled a new not-for-profit organization to purchase a home and place seven qualifying children there. This gave the children a sense of independence and increased their self-esteem.
In 1969, when her husband's business career required the family to move to Dallas, Carole supervised the art program for seven elementary schools in Plano, Texas. Another move to Nashville found Carole volunteering in a natural history museum. On one occasion, she brought a hawk home over the weekend only to have the hawk escape in house. Carole presented Allen and the family a baby boy in 1971 who was named after both grandfathers.
In 1985, another move found Carole in Boston where she began to paint in oil and acrylics, but her principal focus was in support of son Holton's education. When the regular school day ended, then Carole McGee School started. The result was that Holton was admitted and graduated from Cornell University and later graduated summa cul laude from Babson College MBA program.
The last move was from Boston to Boca Raton in 1997, and Carole shifted her huge talent to landscaping where she started a gardening ministry at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church, known as Gregory's Gardeners where landscaping Carole's palet was as big as nature. In Thanksgiving, Carole and her husband donated a beautiful stain glass window to their church.
She was wife, mother, teacher, painter, and homemaker and all of these roles she performed with love and skill.
Carole is truly loved by hundreds of friends and associates, but most of all by her family where she will be missed forever.
She is now resting at peace with no pain and suffering with her Lord. Jesus has prepared a room in his mansion in heaven, and Carole will be at peace with no pain and suffering. Her intellect and passion for gardening will be well utilized in heaven, and she will certainly save some space for her husband, Allen.
Carole will be loved forever and ever by her husband, and will be missed by everyone.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 23rd at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Boca Raton.
Saint Gregory Episcopal Church Columbarium
Palm Beach County
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Record added: Sep 13, 2012
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Rest In Peace|
Added: Sep. 13, 2012