Carol B. (Babcock) Wallace

  • Born: April 20, 1943
  • Died: February 19, 2017
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Carol by adding your memories..

Carol B. (Babcock) Wallace died peacefully on February 19th at the age of 73. Carol was born in New Haven, CT and raised in Cheshire, CT. She was a graduate of Cheshire High School, University of Connecticut, and Boston College where she received her Master's in Social Work. She served as a Probation Officer at the Somerville Court House for 16 years and then in the Melrose Educational System, most notably as the Teen Health Center Counselor where she helped many youths. Carol had a passion for travel and her favorite destination was Oaxaca, Mexico where she and her husband had many cherished memories. She also spent her summers with her family at picturesque Moosehead Lake, Maine. She was a huge Red Sox fan, never missing a game whether on the couch running the play-by-play with her good friend Alyce Mann or at Fenway with her sons. Carol helped so many people throughout her storied life and will always be remembered for her larger-than-life, friendly personality, and infectious laugh. Daughter of the late Claire Brockett and Jaynes Babcock and loving sister of Peter Babcock of Bayard, NM. She was the beloved wife of the late William M. Wallace Jr. Loving mother of Jonathan Wallace and his wife Rachel of Saugus, Jeffery Wallace of Nahant, and Kathryn Lovejoy of Madison, CT. She is also survived by her grandchildren Eliza Wallace, Ava Doherty, Pam and Bennett Lovejoy all of whom she greatly adored. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bayside Function Hall, One Range Road, Nahant, MA 01908 on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 1:00-5:00PM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend.


Condolence & Memory Journal

The news hurts big time.
Grew up together in Cheshire.
She was absolutely the best!
God's speed,

Posted by John Baldwin - Columbia, MD - Friend   April 01, 2017

My sincere sympathy is extended to Carol's family and friends on her death. I am so sorry. I met Carol when we were in the same seventh and eighth grade classes and later classes at Cheshire High School. I considered Carol a friend and recall being at her home on South Main Street in Cheshire. We lost touch in later years but I did see Carol when we attended a class reunion and I'm thankful that I had that opportunity. The years in between slipped away. I always considered Carol a friend. She will be missed.

Posted by Ruthann Hissick Richardson - Ellicott, MD - Classmate   March 06, 2017

Carol was one of my dear friends in Junior and high school in Cheshire. We were cheerleaders together. Have wonderful memories of a lot of fun times. So sad to hear. Sounds like she had a wonderful life and family.

Posted by Marge Carroll - Matthews, NC - Classmate   March 05, 2017

Carol was a close friend of my sister Susan and remained so throughout their lives. I've known Carol since childhood and was very fond of her, as was my entire family. I remember her wonderful smile and laugh; her love for and loyalty to her close girlhood friends: Jane Osborne, Carol Buckley, Linda Murphy and Susan Licht. Her passing is an enormous loss to all who loved her.
My condolences to Carol's family and loved ones.
Louise Merman Elliott

Posted by Louise Elliott - Middletown, CT - Friend   March 04, 2017

I first met Carol in seventh grade and her friendship remained a constant throughout high school, college and beyond. In school she had a wonderful inclusive way of assuming everyone was her friend and her warm smile and laughter let you know that she meant it. Over the years, whether it was at a high school reunions or meeting on the Cape, it was delightful to be able to connect immediately and to talk frankly about what mattered to us most. I will miss her honesty and her generosity of spirit.

My heartfelt condolences to her entire family. Her friendship was formative in my life and I am deeply grateful for it.

Posted by Brian Cunningham - Bennington, VT - Classmate   March 04, 2017

Carol was a dear family friend from the 50s & 60s in Cheshire, Connecticut.

I had the good fortune to live in Carol's attic on Franklin Street for many months in 1981, getting to know her mom Betsy, brother Peter & an assortment of housemates- laughs, dinner parties, music... also some antiquing.

...and celebrating Lady Diana's wedding.

She was a "trip" as we used to say...and always in motion, collecting & connecting people.

Although I lost touch with her & Bill, Jon & Jeff in her Cape Cod years it was
wonderful to re-connect when she came back to Melrose- for far too short a stay..

Looking forward to visit in Nahant on the 4th with more of her friends & family.

Posted by John OSBORNE - MELROSE - Friend   March 03, 2017

I am deeply saddened to learn of Carol's death. She was a wonderful person and a dear friend. She is in my thoughts. Much love to Jon and Jeff.....she loved you both so much.
Pam Sampson

Posted by Pamela Sampson - Sherborn - Friend   March 01, 2017

Carol was such a wonderful woman. I referred to her as "Aunt Carol". She was my mothers (Pam Herget) cousin. I have so many found memories of her laughter and smile. Prayers of healing to the entire family.

Posted by Alisa Lecours - Niantic, CT - Family   February 25, 2017

I met Carole at the Fuller House when she moved in there and found out how the world was so small as her sons went to school with my son and the stories she would tell me of them all ,Carole had a great laugh and we would sitt in the 200 club office on a Friday and chat for awhile we became good friend and she would just Michael come in and lets laugh .I will miss those Friday chats .God speed Carole

Posted by Michael Taggart - Melrose, MA - Friend   February 24, 2017

Carol was a dear friend of mine since 1975 when we met thru the Probation Department. For all those years since, we along with Barbara Lentz, Maureen Geller and Donna Padula, would meet for dinner on the basis of every six weeks, or so for good conversation and many laughs, etc. . Carol was a generous, thoughtful and kind friend who will always be remembered with loving thoughts and memories. God Bless you dear Carol.

Posted by Sue Stacy - Gloucester, MA - Friend   February 24, 2017

Oh the beautiful memories . I still look outside my kitchen window and laugh a little from North Ave in Melrose when I am doing my dishes or preparing dinner . I think of the times I would hear Carol yelling I could hear her across the street God knows she could hear me. .Only to find that one of her sons was on the top of the tallest tree in Melrose I would whip off my apron run across the street and say Carol what is going on .And there he was just little boy who had climbed to the top of that great big tree on Franklin St. Boys will be Boys for sure .. But we didn't know that then ! Other times I just wanted to take off my apron and run across the street and sit on her front porch to hear her great wonderful laugh. I loved Carol . And quite honestly I do think of her all the time when I see that tree over there across the street and it makes me smile . To live the hearts we leave behind is never to die. God Bless you all and my deepest and sincere condolences .

Posted by anne garrity - Melrose, MA - Neighbor   February 24, 2017

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I had the privilege of knowing and loving Carol since kindergarten. Even as a little girl she was so much fun. She always had that beautiful smile and hearty laugh. I could write a book about Carol and her life adventures. Most of all she loved her family fiercely and without reservation. She will be greatly missed by so many of us still here. Carol Buckley