Carole McEvoy
1935 - 2020

McEvoy, Carole McCabe (LaBuy)

MADISON - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Carole McCabe McEvoy on Sept. 3, 2020.

Carole was living at the home of her daughter, Elizabeth, in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, Md.

Carole was a solid anchor for our family, helping us navigate uncertain waters and brave every storm. Mom was a beacon of hope, love, and support, with steady, thoughtful guidance throughout our lives. She was strong, smart and funny and will be greatly missed. A loving mother and grandmother, mom was always there for us. She was actively involved in caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Born July 15, 1935, Carole grew up in Beaver Dam, Wis. An excellent student, she was awarded a full scholarship to Wayland Academy, graduating in 1951. She married James McEvoy in 1953, and later divorced. As a single mother, she worked to support her children, as well as earning both a bachelor's degree in History and Anthropology, and a master's degree in Library Science, from UW-Madison.

An avid gardener, Carole kept a prairie garden growing in her yard on Meadowood Drive, where she lived for 56 years. She loved nature and the out-of-doors, canoeing, camping, bird-watching, and in her later years enjoyed walking and visiting parks and nature preserves in the Madison area.

She loved books and made her career as a librarian, working for 30 years at Steenbock Memorial Library on the UW campus. When she retired in 2000, she retained the honor of Emeritus status at the University.

Carole was preceded in death by her parents, Lester Frank LaBuy and Irene Clara LaBuy (McCabe).

Carole is survived by her brother, Lester (Butch) LaBuy Jr., and his son, Jeff; her son, Michael of Nashwauk, Minn.; and daughters, Kathryn Tyrer of Del Rio, Texas, Elizabeth "Betsy" Diaz of Gaithersburg, Md., and Susan McEvoy of Northampton, Mass. Her grandchildren who grew up in the Madison area include Jamie Storkson, Megan Scullion, Matthew Dawley, Eric McEvoy and Shannon McEvoy-Turinetti, as well as six grandchildren who live out of state and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date in 2021.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to Olbrich Botanical Gardens (, where she loved to visit.

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Published by from Sep. 20 to Sep. 22, 2020.
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I was a colleague of Carole's when she was at Steenbock Library. I always liked her and am saddened to learn the news of her passing. Condolences.
Elsa E Althen
September 22, 2020
Know that I am thinking about you and offer my heartfelt sympathy. I have many wonderful memories of time spent with your Mom!
Lolly Daun
September 21, 2020