Carol Lynn MarvasoMarch 4, 1964 ~ December 22, 2017 (age 53)
After a brief, acute illness, Carol passed away peacefully in the presence of her siblings.
Carol is survived by her siblings Jenny Marvaso, Vincent (Butch) Marvaso, Eva McQueen, and Debbie Connor, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Carol is also survived by devoted friends in the health care and care-giving fields. She is preceded in death by her parents, Salvatore and Theresa Marvaso.
Carol lived her life differently than most people we know. She couldn’t walk, she couldn’t talk, she was unable to sit up, or to use her hands to accomplish anything for herself, yet she was joyous.
It didn’t take much to get Carol to smile. Just seeing those who truly cared for her made her immensely happy. She had a silly sense of humor, and expressed it with her eyes, smile and voice. Carol had a twinkle in her eyes, and a smile that indicated her appreciation. She loved watching what others were up to, and listening to, and enjoying the “soundtrack” or “play by play” provided by those who loved her. Every move would be described, while surprise and feigned aggravation at simple tasks kept her engaged and entertained. Narrated “walks” while in her special wheel chair were a huge source of excitement and happiness. Her “driver” would narrate while Carol absorbed the sky, flowers, trees, airplanes, squirrels, people, etc. Very little was missed, overlooked, or unappreciated. Carol unquestionably showed her love and appreciation without uttering a word.
Carol’s mother, Theresa, sister Jenny and brother Vince (Butch) were deeply devoted to ensuring the best quality of life for Carol, often at great adversity. It was exhausting, sometimes almost unbearable, but was always faced with the greatest love, and concern. Even through the darkest hurdles, advocating and fighting for Carol’s well-being was paramount. Sometimes the greatest success is found in the tiniest of victories. In this way, Carol was a hero – just like Theresa, Jenny and Butch who also kept on going, day after day, through the best times and through the hardest times. Carol was blessed in having family who possessed deep, unrelenting love. People who possessed the ability to say, “If you need help, I will help you. If you cannot talk, I will be your voice. If you cannot stand, I will support you. If you cannot walk, I will carry you. I am here for you and I will stay with you through it all to the best of my ability.”
It is truly loving without condition, and it is perhaps the most beautiful and pure example of love that exists. Carol made that kind of love exist. She made it possible. She taught us about life and love, inspired us to be better.
May we always remember the love she gave, and the love she inspired while she was here with us. May we never forget her beautiful gifts. May we continue to strive to cherish, truly enjoy and share life’s smallest blessings in her memory.
Carol leaves this world having been imprisoned in her body. Her family’s faith assures them that this sinless, loving being is now free. Soaring and dancing, running and playing. How glorious.
Carol’s family asks that expressions of sympathy be made to the charity of your choice in Carol’s name.
Services will be at a later date, and will be private.