Gayle E. Carroll, 79, a resident and longtime business owner and realtor in Falmouth, died on August 9 at the Mary McCarthy House in East Sandwich due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.
She was married to James F. Carroll for 61 years.
Ms. Carroll was the daughter of Inez (Wetherbee) Johnson and Richard A. Johnson.
After briefly studying to become a nurse, she eloped and became an Air Force wife. Ms. Carroll raised three children on various Air Force bases throughout the United States, and she also served as an officer wives’ club president and an American Red Cross instructor and volunteer. In addition, Ms. Carroll was a championship golfer.
Ms. Carroll relocated her family to Falmouth while her husband was flying combat in Southeast Asia. In the 1950s, the family purchased the Holiday House in North Falmouth, which Ms. Carroll lived in and managed. Later, she became a geriatric nurse and also worked for 20 years as a realtor with Jack Conway Realty.
“It’s a great company with great people, and things work out well here every year,” Ms. Carroll said in 1974 of her work with Jack Conway.
After her husband retired from the Air Force in 1972, the couple owned and operated the Gladstone Inn in Falmouth Heights. They also owned Lawrence’s Restaurant in Falmouth Heights from 1986 to 1993.
Outside of the family’s many business endeavors, Ms. Carroll was active in the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, the Otis Advisory Council, and various fundraising activities. She also served as a Precinct Three Town Meeting member for many years.
In addition to her husband, Ms. Carroll leaves three children, Dayle F. Carroll-Teal, Dana M. Pine, and James R. Carroll; three grandchildren, Amanda T. Carroll, Dillon J. Carroll, and Alex R. Carroll-Teal; all of Falmouth; and her sister, Lynn Houghton of California.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.