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Mary Carol Buckley

October 14, 2016
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Mary Carol Buckley, known as Carol, died with her family at her side on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Florida.

Carol was born January 4, 1928 in Jackson Heights, New York to the late Frank V. Moran and Ann Farrell Moran. She attended Bishop McDonnell High School and Berkeley College, started her career as a secretary at NBC in 1946 in New York City and later became an assistant account executive at Benton & Bowles (advertising).

Carol married James Jim Buckley in New York City in 1957. They moved to Wilton, CT in 1963 with their four children and lived there for 48 years. They were active in Our Lady of Fatima parish and Carol balanced her role as a mom and homemaker with her career, working in a variety of organizations from 1968 until her retirement from Perkin Elmer in 1992. She and Jim became snow-birds in 1994, splitting their time between Wilton, CT and Sanibel, Florida. They were parishioners at Saint Isabel Catholic Church where Carol was an Officer in the Womens Guild, and they volunteered their time at the Shell Museum and the Ding Darling. Carol moved to Sanibel full time in 2011 following Jims death in 2009 and moved to Shell Point Retirement Community in 2013.

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Carol was the loving mother to her children Jack Buckley of Scottsdale, Arizona, Julia Buckley Morris (married to Dr. Tom Morris) of Decatur, Georgia, Mary Kate Buckley of Jackson, Wyoming and Margaret Mugs Buckley (married to Robert Imbriaco) of San Francisco, California, and grandmother to Sean and Matt Buckley, sister-in-law to Elizabeth Buckley Banks of Quincy, Massachusetts and Sister Josepha Buckley of Saint Catharine, Kentucky.

Carol loved life: she will be remembered for her laugh and her parties. Most of all, she adored her family and treasured her friends. Her positive attitude and courage for the many years that she battled her terminal lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, inspired any one with whom she came in contact. She never complained and maintained until the day that she died that she lived a charmed life.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Saint Isabels Roman Catholic Church in Sanibel, Florida on Saturday, October 29th at 11:00 a.m. and her ashes will be buried with her late husband of 52 years, Jim, at the Bourne National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Catholic Charities For online obituary and guestbook, please visit Carols memorial page at



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