ORONO – Carol (Stevenson) Abbott died unexpectedly March 2, 2012, in Bangor, with her loving husband and children at her side. She was born Nov. 11, 1937, in Boston, daughter of Ruth and Frederick Stevenson.
In addition to Walter, Carol is survived by their son, Steven and his wife, Amy, and their children, Hannah and Henry, all of Portland; son, Scott and his daughter, Erin, of Orono and Bangor; and daughter, Sherry of Portland. Carol is also survived by her brother, Peter and his wife, Nadia, of Rockport, Mass.
Carol was raised in Melrose and Reading, Mass., graduating from Reading Memorial High School in 1955. She graduated from the University of Maine in 1959 with a degree in English. While at Umaine she met her future husband, Walter H. Abbott. Carol married Walter Feb. 20, 1960. Last month they celebrated 52 years of marriage. They had a strong, loving marriage filled with happiness and friendship. Carol loved her experience as a student at UMaine, where she and Walter made many lifelong friends. At UMaine Carol was selected “Calico Queen,” and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduation, in addition to raising their children, Carol worked as an elementary school teacher for 20 years. She spent the majority of her career at Asa C. Adams School, Orono; and also taught at schools in Fairfield and Old Town. Carol was very close to Steve, Scott and Sherry’s friends from Orono High School and enjoyed those relationships throughout her life. She enjoyed volunteering for organizations, including the March of Dimes, Heart Association, Girl Scouts and Orono Booster Club. She was a consistent supporter of Good Shepherd Food Bank. Walter worked for more than 50 years as a football coach, professor, and administrator for UMaine. During that time Carol served as a second mother for hundreds of UMaine students and coaches. Her home was a social gathering spot for generations of students past and present, and she loved hosting the many visitors who would stop by the Abbotts’ house when they would return to Orono. She would frequently prepare meals for large gatherings of Walter’s students, and especially enjoyed the fun and excitement of the start of his outdoor trips when the students would meet at their house. For more than 50 years, Carol was a fixture at UMaine sporting events. At every home football game, she could be found in “Coaches’ Corner,” which became a well-known meeting area for Carol and Walter’s friends at the home football games. Carol and Walter built a camp in the mountains outside of Rumford, where she loved to garden and read. She also enjoyed exercise and was a regular at the UMaine fitness center, where she would walk, bike and lift weights. Carol enjoyed fishing, summer days at the coast and making all holidays special for her family. In addition to being a terrific mother to her three children, she loved being an aunt and, most of all, a grandmother. She was known as “Nana” to Erin, Hannah and Henry. She found her grandchildren to be a constant source of joy and amusement, and she cherished every minute with them. She also looked forward to the arrival of her newest grandchild in just a few weeks. Carol was a uniquely beautiful woman, who made everyone around her feel better for knowing her. Her smile and warm personality made people feel relaxed and loved. Carol cared deeply for her family and her friends. She was a gentle and kind woman. Carol had an inner strength and steadiness of character that made her a most supportive and dedicated wife, mother and friend.
A memorial service will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at United Methodist Church, Orono, with Pastor Steven Smith officiating. A reception will be held 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Alumni House, College Avenue, Orono. Gifts may be sent to University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792, to the Carol and Walter Abbott Scholarship Fund, which benefits UMaine students. Condolences to the family may be expressed at