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Carol Virginia Buckley

November 12, 1938 ~ August 11, 2019 (age 80)


Carol Virginia Buckley, 80, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, passed away Sunday, August 11, after a brief illness.

Carol was born to the late William and Aloise (Steiner) Buckley on November 12, 1938 in New York City. She was the tenth and youngest child of a prominent american political family.

She attended the Noroton School, Convent of the Sacred Heart during her high school years and had an undergraduate degree and masters in social work from Marymount Manhattan College.

Carol worked part-time as a writer and editor and also as an addiction counselor.  She wrote one book, At the Still Point (Simon & Schuster, 1996), which is her memoir of her life as the youngest member of the Buckley clan.  

Carol grew up in Sharon, Connecticut and Camden, South Carolina. After residing in New York City and Sharon for many years, Carol moved to Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1993. Carol lived in many places but she considered Newburyport to be her home and it is where she spent her happiest years. Carol was quick-witted, generous, and kind. She was the best friend that anyone could possibly want and throughout her life, she loved, comforted, and assisted many less fortunate than herself. She was a beautiful writer and a good mother. She was a coffee addict.

Carol is survived by five children: her son, Tom Charlton and his partner, Jayne Roepke; her daughter, Anne Charlton and her three children: Hunter, Read, and Sarah; her daughter Carol Ehreth, her husband Jeff Ehreth and their three children: Priscilla, Carol, and Emma; her stepdaughter Dawn Learsy and her sons, Otto, and Ezra; and her stepson, Serge Learsy, his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Ailish and Conor.  Carol’s second son, Willam Buckley Charlton, and son-in-law, Perry Stone predeceased her. 

Family and friends are invited to her Memorial Service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Church on Pleasant St. in Newburyport on October 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM. Followed by a reception at the Parish Hall. Burial will be private at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950.

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Memorial Service
October 12, 2019

2:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregational Church
26 Pleasant Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

Reception following Service

Unitarian Universalist Congregational Church
26 Pleasant Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

Private burial.

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