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Footprints | Carol Levy - A dignified lady

Published:Monday | December 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Family, friends, and acquaintances of Carol Levy will forever continue to extol her virtues. They have spoken of her "unselfish giving, deep concern for every bruise everyone suffered, calming spirit, quiet dignity, abhorrence of gossip and meddling in other people's business, and her hospitality as she opened her home to family and friends, who were enveloped in her warmth and charm as soon as they entered.

They will continue to speak of her love for entertainment, scrumptious Sunday and special-occasion dinners, the little known side of her - her business acumen in successfully running Krusty's and Bankhouse bakeries and developing them into a brand.

Carol Ferguson was born on December 29, 1949. She was the only girl for Herman and Gladys Ferguson. She had three brothers - Howard, David and Gary. She attended St Hugh's High School, where she formed lasting friendships with persons such as Nancy McLean, Marjorie Kerr, Dawn Hutchinson and Audrey Jones, among others.

Her friends regarded her as the 'goodie-goodie' in the group as she gave no trouble. She was passionate about culinary arts, and this prompted her to pursue dietetics at CAST (now the University of Technology). After graduation she sought and gained employment at the Mandeville Hospital as a dietician.

Her late husband, Mal Levy, upon meeting her, would find numerous excuses to visit the hospital; at one point, he even claimed to have a broken finger. One could not help but be drawn to this soft-spoken, dignified lady. When the courtship started with Mal, Mal's mother was delighted at the prospect of having this lady becoming her daughter-in-law. In 1972, Mal and Carol got married. The union created in her a new passion - that of raising a family. Lisa, Mark, Karen, Kerry and Nicholas attest to her being a doting mother who inculcated strong Christian principles in them. She was a dedicated member of the Women's Auxiliary.

In delivering the remembrance, John Junor, former member of parliament and long-time family friend, echoed the sentiments of all who knew Carol - that she was exceptional and that she would not die, but would continue to live in their hearts because, "To live in the hearts that we leave behind is not to die".