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Carole Melvin

January 20, 1944 - October 29, 2020

Carole Melvin, age 76, of Wilmington, Del., quietly left our world on October 29, 2020, after a long and satisfying life.

Born in Wilmington, Del. on January 20, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Alverdia (Ayers) Melvin. After graduating from William Penn High School in New Castle in the class of 1962, she pursued her career as a professional photographer, working for tennis champion Bobby Riggs.

While living in the Washington D.C. area, Carole started dancing professionally under the training of United States National Professional Ballroom Champion Joe Jenkins. She continued to compete in national ballroom dancing competitions after her return to the Wilmington area. Carole later turned her attention to the stage and performed in many productions locally and in the Philadelphia area. This culminated in a long relationship with The Three Little Baker’s Dinner Theatre as hostess and on-stage assistant to the principles.

Carole leaves behind her beloved brother, Don Melvin; sister-in-law, Renee; niece, Arianna; nephew, Carter; and fiancé, Jimmy Cara.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be a private remembrance.

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  • A PROMISE FORGOTTEN By Anna Marie Bertollo

    You promised you would always be there,
    Someone I could talk to Someone I could walk with.
    You promised we would always Be friends.
    Someone to make me laugh, Some one to dry my tears.
    You promised you would always be there when I needed help.
    Someone I could tell all my feelings to. But you never promised to stay ….
    Not forever Anyway!

    This was written by my daughter many years ago.

  • Sincere sympathy to Don and Jimmy and family. Carole was my first childhood friend, growing up across the street from me. I was just relating a story to fellow classmate yesterday about the time Carole and I and her parents traveled to Niagara Falls as youngsters. I will never forget that trip. So many good times growing up on Lincoln Avenue in the Manor. R.I.P. Carole – A life well lived.
    Loved the poem, Jimmy, written by your daughter. SO TRUE.

  • Jim, Sorry to hear of your loss. Carole was a beautiful and pleasant person. We have you & Carole in our prayers.

  • Dear Don & Family~
    I am so sorry to hear about Carole.
    My prayers & sympathy are with you at this sad time. May God comfort you and your family.
    To Jimmy~
    We always think we have time to catch up- then realize, that time is gone.
    Carole and I, as you know, shared many, many, moments talking about a million things, esp., prophetic dreams, dancing, good & bad experiences, losses of loved ones, love of her dogs, esp., No-Name, loves of our lives…of which, you were hers, and so much more. I will always be grateful for our friendship and the love and kindness she had given me, and the precious memories of our time shared together, and at Three Little Bakers. I will always celebrate her life… she lived it well and with a smile. I know you will miss her, dearly!
    Sending much love and comfort to you~~~❤️🙏🏻
    Chris Panaro Schneider

  • Please accept me condolences for Carole’s passing. She was one of my favorite classmates at William Penn HS, class of ‘62.

  • Our Deepest sympathy to our cousin Jimmy Cara and Carole’s family, we were utterly shocked when we heard about her passing, she was a wonderful personality that always kept us entertained when in her presence. We lost a very close friend.
    Carl & Pamela Wright

  • I loved working with Carole at Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre for many years! I loved watching Carole and Nick dance and entertain all our wonderful guests. Carole was funny, energetic and truly devoted to her work at the theatre. One thing she shared with me was her deep love for Jimmy. He was her world and was happiest when they were together. God got a very kind and sweet angel. You will be so dearly missed.

  • I have many fond memories of Carole from William Penn. God bless her and her family.
    Judie Carl Van De Venter

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Carol she was like a big sister to TTB. Her kindness and
    Ability to Nick will not go unforgotten. I wish I found. Rest in Peace my dear friend😢🦋🙏

  • Carole was a good, and kind friend to me. She was first among the neighbors in Green Acres to introduce herself over twenty years ago. My first dog Destiny, and later London Boots, were drawn to her and Jimmy and became their friends as well. We had several conversations about earlier lives as dancers and her work with the Three Little Bakers. Her warm smile, and helpfulness, will long be remembered. I am Blessed to have had her friendship.

    Renee and London Boots