Carol Ann (Babson) Harrell

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Carol Ann (Babson) Harrell March 31, 1947 - December 22, 2012 Carol passed away in Fresno at the Community Subacute & Transitional Care Center on December 22, 2012 after courageously living with Multiple Sclerosis for over three decades. Carol grew up in West Covina and Woodlake, CA, where she graduated from Woodlake High School. She attended Pomona College and later graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington. With her young family, she lived for a number of years in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where she made many wonderful friends before returning home to Visalia, CA. Carol was an early fitness fan, enjoying jogging, swimming, spending time with her family on nature hikes and at her parents' ranch in Woodlake. She loved musicals, and was a gifted singer and piano player. She was a devoted and loving mother to her two sons, volunteering in their schools, and taking a very active role in raising them, despite the debilitating effects of her illness. A resident of the Subacute Center for nearly 20 years, she enjoyed its wonderful activities and programs, and appreciated the support and kindness she received from the dedicated caregivers and medical professionals throughout that time. Carol is predeceased by her parents, Sanford and Anna Belle Babson. She is survived by her sons Andrew and Alec Harrell and their wives Kim and Amy; her 5 grandchildren: Joey, Julia, Audrey, Luke and Ryan; her brother John Babson, sister Mary Reedy and their families; and many cousins from the Babson and Hurst families. Carol lived her life full of determination, courage and love for her family and friends. Her memory will continue to inspire all who knew her. A memorial for her friends and family to remember and celebrate her life will be held at the Woodlake Presbyterian Church in Woodlake, CA on February 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Contributions may be made in Carol's memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.donateMS.org.

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Jan. 31, 2013
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