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.
Published in Star Tribune on Mar. 7, 2012.