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Carol Martin

November 23, 1938 - July 3, 2022

Carol Martin, Age 83, passed away peacefully early July 3rd after a few years of fighting Parkinson’s Disease and then more recently, Cancer. She was always a fighter, and always did what was necessary for good health. She was an inspiration to many because of her drive and determination.

Carol was born in Long Beach, CA, on November 23,1938 and grew up in Long Beach. She met her husband, Keith, at a high school dance during Keith’s Junior year and they became High School sweethearts. She was a graduate of Cal State University, Long Beach with a degree in business education. They married June 13, 1959 and had many happy memories of their life together. They were fortunate to have three loving daughters, Cheryl, Linda, and Deanne, that were the love of their lives. Carol was secretary to the Chancellor at The University of California at Davis before her first retirement to have children. She was a doting mother for several years until Deanne started middle school and then became office manager for a psychological group at Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead, NJ. When Keith retired, they moved to St. James Plantation in Southport, NC where they spent 19 years enjoying golf, friends, traveling and numerous visits from the girls, their husbands and their three grandchildren.

In 2007 they bought a 36-foot motor home in which they traveled around the country meeting many wonderful friends and seeing fantastic parts of our wonderful country. The two made three cross-country trips in their Itasca Meridian and two trips to the Midwest. They gave up the RV in 2018 and sold their home in Southport (St. James Plantation) to downsize and live closer to their family. They first purchased a home in The Ponds at Bayberry in Middletown, DE, but downsized again in 2021 to move into a new senior living complex in Middletown. This put them close to Linda in Middletown and Deanne and Cheryl in NJ.

Carol was preceded in death by her father, Floyd S. Barton and her mother, Dorothy McQuinn Barton. She is survived by her loving husband, Keith; daughter, Cheryl Kotch and her husband Troy Kotch; daughter, Linda Bacon and her husband Perry Bacon; and daughter, Deanne Craemer and her husband David Craemer. She is also survived by three beloved grandchildren, Matthew Bacon (and his fiancé, Emma Steirer), and Logan and Finn Kotch.

Carol requested that there not be a funeral service or memorial service. Instead, she hoped that everyone would have a party and rejoice in the good times you had with her. Because of Carol’s tremendous help from the various Parkinson’s organizations, she would wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to any of the following organizations, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or by clicking here, The Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA), 3570 Olney Laytonsville Road #490, Olney, MD 20830 or by clicking here, or to Delaware Hospice, 911 South DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901 or by clicking here.

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  • In such a short time, I fell in love with Carol and the entire family. Her determination is awe inspiring and I am so blessed to have felt her love. It gives me peace and comfort knowing she’s not in pain anymore. All my love, Jenn