Date of Birth: November 10, 1936
Date of Death: July 14, 2022
On Thursday, July 14, 2022 Carol Marie Martel (Freeborough) passed away at the age of 85. A fantastic thunderstorm followed announcing her presence above. She was a devoted wife and matriarch. She is preceded in death by her husband Larry Martel, her sister Anita Samuelson, and her parents, Lysle and Marian, and granddaughter, Jacqueline. She is survived by her three children Julie Martel, Alan Martel, and Kristin Martel, as well as 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, and Colin Firth, all of whom will miss her dearly. Carol had a passion for the pursuit of knowledge which inspired her to teach. She obtained her PhD in History from ASU at age 50, and inspired hundreds of minds at both Arizona State University and later at Mesa Community College. She was a co-founder of Girl Scout Troop 40, which recently celebrated their 45 year reunion. But nothing interfered with Bridge night. She played with the same group of women for over 50 years.
No services are scheduled at this time.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Phoenix Public Library.
Be comforted by your memories. There is no one in the world like your mother. I will miss Carol’s stories of her wonderful, brilliant children, chili cookoffs, and amazing/loving husband that we had on our way to bridge.
My sincere condolences to her family!
I was her cleaning lady for almost 8 years.
I will definitely miss her smile!
She was gone too sudden, and we didn’t have our last talk, last night she visited in my dreams and we had that conversation.
Carol you will be missed!
Although I only knew her for a short while I loved her. She was so wise and smart. I too have a passion for history which I think that is why we got close, I wish that I would have known her earlier! I loved helping her out whenever I could and she loved my applesauce that I would make for her. Yeah I miss her she was a great friend.
My Aunt Carol was indeed a special Lady. I loved spending time with her, working on sorting all her photos and listening to stories about many of them. She had the joy of working in a field that she loved and an adoring family that she loved more than anything. I will definitely miss her very much. 💗RIP Auntie💗
My sincere condolences to your family. Carol was a very special lady. I loved the chili cook-offs which I attended for more than 25 years. I will miss her. Love, Carol Haddox (step-sister to Larry)
Carol was my sister-in-law, married to my brother, Larry. We shared many years of fun experiences and get-togethers, like the annual Chili “Goof-Off” we enjoyed together. Although Carol was my sister-in-law, she was very much a real sister to me. She was always so caring and loving. I miss her very much. I will never forget our venture as Larry and Carol delivered me to my appointed base in the Navy in San Diego. She was so kind to iron my Navy uniforms for me on the way. I was the only one there to arrive in freshly ironed uniforms with hair spray instead of spray starch! We always had fun remembering that one, along with all the other times. I pray that God blesses and comforts all of her children and extended family. With much love, Charlie (aka Charlie Mike, aka Char) Martel
I am so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing-she was my cousin. I lived with her family when she was in high school. She attended my daughter’s
funeral in 2008 but somehow we lost contact after that which I regret. She was so kind, so sweet and the smartest person I have ever known. Rest in peace.