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Daly, Carol - Loud, loving and fiercely opinionated, Carol Daly completed her amazing run the morning of March 6th as a magnificent sun rose over Minneapolis. Along the way, her dynamic spirit and generous soul touched and inspired countless friends, family members, her condo community and others. Frequently non-traditional in her methods, Carol was, above all else, a devoted friend, a champion of equal rights, a lover of the arts and education, a staunch opponent of anything remotely resembling ageism, and the incredible leader of a very lucky family. Carol is survived by sons Mark (Laura), Bob (Laura), Kevin (Diane); grandchildren Hannah, Mara, George, Ian, Rob, Peter, Grace and Charlotte; sister Judy Fox-Goldstein and nephew Jordan Fox. Born and raised in Queens, NY, Carol played punch ball with her young friends in the middle of 213th Street, rooted for the Brooklyn Dodgers and began her freshman year at Cornell University at the age of 16 where she met the love of her life, Peter Newman Daly. An English major, Carol later earned her master's degree in education at the University of Minnesota where she served as the state's director of Elderhostel for 21 years. Prior to Elderhostel, she also worked as a middle school teacher in Golden Valley and with the Minneapolis Girl Scouts for several years. But it was her various roles outside of the workforce for which Carol will be most fondly remembered. A lover of theatre, museums, libraries, pottery and paintings, for her service on the Minneapolis Arts Commission and several other arts advocacy groups, Mayor R. T. Rybak proclaimed June 15, 2011 "Ms. Carol Daly Day" in the city of Minneapolis. A founder of "OLLI" (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), Carol served on its board of directors for many years and attended classes ranging from Albert Einstein to "Voices from around the world." Friends, meanwhile, will tell you that they've never known anyone so full of life, enthusiasm or determination. "She lived her life out loud" She showed us how to live and love... She encouraged us to laugh and celebrate life... She had a positive and profound effect on all who knew her... and... She meant so much to me" are among the comments you'll find on her CaringBridge page. Lastly, as a mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, she was unparalleled. Unconditionally, her family always felt loved and supported by her. She was one of a kind. We will miss her immeasurably. But she will always be with us and for that we are incredibly grateful. Memorial service at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis (900 Mount Curve Avenue) at 11am, Saturday, March 10. Family greeting prior to service at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to the Minneapolis Arts Commission.

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Published in Star Tribune on Mar. 7, 2012.
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March 13, 2012
I am so sorry I was not able to make the service for Carol. I was fortunate to meet Carol and her lovely family. I will miss Carol dearly and she will be in my heart forever. I admired Carol and what she stood for. Carol rest in peace and Daly family my prayers are with you all.

Arlene Robinson
Arlene Robinson
March 11, 2012
I was introduced to Carol and Peter at the wedding of one of their treasured sons Bob, and was greeted with open arms.

For the short time I had with them, Carol and her family then went on to share their world with me clearly showing their generosity of mind and spirit. Carol's warmth, humor, and the eclectic life she built around her were attractive, fascinating, and reassuring.

Bob, Laura and family: We all would like to leave the world a better place for our time here and Carol seemed to achieve that in great measure. Like Carol was as we read here, you her children too are an inspiration. You are rightly proud of her, as she too was of you.
Julia Rowling
March 10, 2012
Carol emitted light. She perceived, spoke out, she laughed, her laughter and love of life was contagious and beautiful. I am sorry for your loss. So thankful for her example. An Amazing woman. Elizabeth Erickson
Elizabeth Erickson
March 8, 2012
Carol came to speak an OLLI class on AgingWell on Feb. 16...the last class was on Finishing Well. She was interviewed and had prepared for a question from teacher Trish Herbert about whether there were any upsides to her dying. And here is what she shared:
•I put off foot surgery and now I don't need to have it
•My 3 boys will now go to the theater with me when I invite them
•When I use my wheelchair people in line in front of me have me go first
•I get to see all the nice things people say to and about me on my CaringBridge site which normally are only heard at one's funeral (big learning: we just have to spend more time showing our appreciation for our families and friends throughout our lives!!)
•I don't need to worry about Alzheimers or heart disease anymore
•I always get the best seat in the car, and though I can still drive, everyone wants to drive me
•I get more visitors and more phone calls, and I can tell people after 10-15 minutes that I'm done
•I've been able to go deeper with those who matter most to me
•There is overall more truthtelling
•My friends come and fold my king-sized sheets for me
•I can eat anything I want to
•I'm rich!! Have spent my life thinking about saving for my old age. Gave my kids and grandkids computers and ipads for Christmas. I pick up the tab for meals with my kids when they used to do this.
•My friend took me to the Nobel Conference which I have attended each year...I thought I couldn't go but she had an RV where I could lie down whenever I needed to. And frequently I would just lie down anywhere in the lobby where there was a bench...and rest while Trish would stand guard over me and tell anyone concerned that I was just taking a nap.
•A focus on my "good stuff gene" makes living so much easier.

Carol blessed us all with this gift of an honest, open and heart-felt conversation on a topic difficult for many, made easier by her loveliness.

Edie Meissner
March 8, 2012
We feel truly blessed to have spent time with both Carol and Pete. Our hearts go out to the Daly family in there time of loss. Please take comfort in knowing that your mom and dad are together again. Love BeBe & Ray
Raymond Bertolino
March 8, 2012
Carol loved life to the fullest, taught us so much by her example, and left footprints on our hearts forever. We are so blessed to have known this extraordinary woman who served as a role model and inspiration for us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Daly family and all of Carol's many friends.
Jerry and Carol Boyer Peterson
March 8, 2012
Let's pretend that we have Carol's life force charging through us. Let's express our feelings out loud and tell it like it is. Let's keep it going through the last breath,like she did. She had enough love for all of us to express and share..
Jan Hively
March 7, 2012
So sorry for your loss. Carol was exceptional. Cherie Riesenberg
Cherie Riesenberg
March 7, 2012
The fact that there are entries from someone who never even met her, from Texas, Massachusetts, Washington, and even Puerto Vallarta says it all.... Carol was amazing and wonderful. And yes, Greg, she was a beautiful soul who contributed to a better Minnesota AND a better planet. And a better me. I am lucky to have had her as a friend. Much love to all the Daly's and Judith's family.
Sandra Swami
March 7, 2012
I never met Carol but, after reading this beautiful obituary, I certainly wish I had. Minnesota has clearly lost a beautiful soul who knew how to live! And contribute to a better Minnesota and better planet!

My thoughts and prayers are with you Mark and Laura, and with all Carol Daly family members and friends.
Greg Plotnikoff
March 7, 2012
Our prayers are with your family at this time. Gary and Roisin Laskin
March 7, 2012
Carol Daly was one of the most exacting yet loving and kind mentors when I began working with her in the Elderhostel organization (now Road Scholar) many years ago. We saw each other at national meetings and talked often on the phone, when I was the beneficiary of her thoughts -- always expressed firmly, directly, and always with that nugget of good humor and a smile. All of us who had the privilege of working with Carol miss her lively presence. I wonder if the good Lord was ready for the earful she's no doubt delivering at this very moment about the various ways to improve heaven!
Michael Calmes
March 7, 2012
I have such warm memories of Carol's curiosity and enthusiasm for the arts and humanities. It was always a pleasure to encounter her at an arts event. In the early 80s she helped me nudge my parents to come from New York to Minnesota for an Elderhostel and then she kindly checked in on them. A life fruly well-lived!

Sincerely, Patrice Koelsch
March 7, 2012
Dear Kevin and Family,
Our prayers are with you.

-Eric, Maria, Andrew & Katherine
Eric Hoppe
March 7, 2012
Carol was a character, in the best sense of the word. She was also a huge fan of public art and a committed board member at Forecast Public Art for several years. We have fond memories that will last forever.
Jack Becker
March 7, 2012
I hate to miss the gathering - I know it will be large and there will be lots of tears and laughter and many old friends. Go well, good and faithful servant.
Leslie (from the Gulf Coast)
Leslie Amundson
March 7, 2012
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mother sounds amazing--and I know she will be deeply missed. You are in my prayers.
Randy Shaver
March 7, 2012
Carol was always about a more loving world for all who lived in it. She expressed herself through her work with seniors and the arts, and also through her deep political convictions. I so appreciated Carol and her support for the causes we both believed in. My heart goes out to her family and all who loved her.
Ember Reichgott Junge
March 7, 2012
As her neighbors for only four short years, we loved being next door to a "force to be reckoned with" and, in her own words, "one of the best Scrabble players in the world." My wife and I miss her already, indeed an amazing lady. Our thoughts are with the family and the tremendous number of lives Carol touched, all in an amazing way.
Ed and Deanna Newman
March 7, 2012
Dear Mark and family,
I recall your beloved Mom's great laugh while sitting at a nearby table. You were celebrating her birthday. She was quite the woman to have raised such wonderful and caring children. May memories of happier times comfort you always.
Pat Evans
March 7, 2012
From my family to yours...My deepest condolences. I wish you all peace in this sad time...
Kurt Neumann
March 7, 2012
The Daly Family,

While I worked with Carol at the Minneapolis Art Commission for a short time, she made a big impact on me. Her passionate advocacy for the arts inspired all who worked with her. I know she made her mark on the Minneapolis Art Commission and was loved and respected by her colleagues. The Minneapolis arts community will miss Carol's energy and enthusiasm.

Gulgun Kayim, Director of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, City of Minneapolis
Gulgun Kayim
March 7, 2012
I found every connection with Carol was positive and thoughtful. Her many significant contributions to OLLI and elsewhere will serve her memory well. You are fortunate to have had her in your lives.

Diane Ondrey
March 7, 2012
I was a gopher when I knew Carol and Peter. Peter and I worked at Litton Microwave oven division together and I used to envy how he would visit Airforce One every so often, when he calibrated their ovens. But Carol was unique from day one. Funny, terrific New York accent that was at its best when she sang (OFF key) "Hey Jude" at the top of her voice. How I wish I had made more time to get to know her. I am grateful my partner Larry got to meet her. She always was destined to make a difference in this worldand her obit certainly proves that. We send our heartfelt best wishes to the kids and family; how lucky you were to share her journey.
Rolf Engstrom
March 7, 2012
I am so glad to have seen Carol so recently, happily holding "parlor" court with friends and family in the living room. She was an amazing lady, and one of my early Minnesota Moms.
Allyson Tarnowski
March 7, 2012
Bob, Laura and family,

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. As I read about Carol, I felt like I was connected to her. My mother-in-law has been active in Elderhostel and my family and I have been active supporters of the arts. I'm sure we have been touched by Carol in many ways.

My thoughts are with you.
Michelle Wildenauer
Michelle Wildenauer
March 7, 2012
Bob & Laura - Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

Carolyn & Bob Schumacher
Carolyn Schumacher
March 7, 2012
The Daly Families...

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tim and Molly Ambrose and family
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