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Carole Ann Resio Hackney 1942-2011 NORTH ADAMS Mrs. Carole Ann Resio Hackney, of 114 Hawthorne Ave. North Adams, Mass., died Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at North Adams Regional Hospital. She was 69 years old. She was born in Washington, DC on November 4, 1942, daughter of Augustus C. and Mary L. Cocimano Resio. She attended schools in Washington, D.C., and graduated from High Point High School in Beltsville, Md. Carole's first employment was with National Geographic Magazine as a stenographer and secretary and was later employed with a structured settlement company. She was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Milford, OH where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and enjoyed making rosaries for others. Carole's joy was her family and friends. And, over the years, she loved all of her dogs (Annie, Ty, Chewie and Tuesday). Her garden was her treasure and a sanctuary for her. She placed name placards by her Hostas and grew boundless bushels of petunias, begonias and impatiens. Carole had great wit and could do uncanny impersonations that would have you holding your sides, especially that of Ed Sullivan. Her smile was brilliant, genuine, and contagious and her natural beauty, breathtaking. She loved real-life detective novels, spoonfuls of peanut butter, M&M's, love songs, family heirlooms and Christmas. She could make a mean chocolate pie. She dreamed of becoming a Rockette and a detective, in her second life. Carole was born with the spirit of dance. As a teenager, she coaxed resistant family members off the couch to join her in dancing to the music of American Bandstand and eventually became a ballroom dance instructor, where she could share this joy of dance with many. She inspired people to be better than they thought they could be and she was loyal to the end. Carole's warmth was contagious and she had a quiet, gentle and sweet way about her that calmed those around her. She was strong in will and had great courage and grace. Her spirit lives on in those that she touched. She simply lived and danced like no one was watching. Many people didn't know that Carole was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly 11 years ago as she never defined herself or confined herself to this diagnosis. She was resilient, patient, and had everlasting Hope. She rose above any challenge sent her way and met it with grace and humor. She believed in angels. We know that Carole can now be boundless in her dance. She is free to execute a graceful Viennese Waltz across the Heavens or teach reluctant angels the pure joy of a spicy rumba or simply learn a new celestial dance for herself. She was the widow of William H. Hackney III, who died on May 14, 1998. They were married August 1, 1964. Survivors include two daughters- Kimberly M. Hackney of Middletown, Ohio, and Leigh G. Hackney of Eugene, Ore.,. She also leaves two brothers, John V. Resio and his wife Leslie, of Pownal, Vt., and Michael A. Resio and his wife Carolyn Agostini of Williamstown, Mass. She also leaves her beloved Aunt (Lele) Lena Reap of Maryland as well as many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be a private, family celebration of Carole Hackney's life. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Breast Health Education and Patient Support Fund at NARH; or The Eileen Barrett Oncology Fund at NARH; or Friends of Mel Foundation; or The Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati; or the Road to Recovery of the ; or the in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA 01247.

Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 14, 2012
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