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Carol A. Jayne
December 16, 1936 ~ August 26, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Carol A. Jayne, age 86, of Trumbull, passed away peacefully in her home on August 26, 2023. She was born in Bridgeport to Milton and Isabelle Friedberg. Carol grew up in Fairfield and eventually settled down in Trumbull to raise her family.
She is survived by her two daughters, Catherine Walker of Trumbull and Laura Brown and her husband Robert of Stratford; and her pride and joy, granddaughter Isabelle Brown of Stratford. She was predeceased by her husband Douglas and her siblings Millicent Zolan and Clayton Friedberg.
After graduating from UB, she taught US History in Fairfield in her younger years. Carol left teaching and devoted her time to her family, volunteer work, and running the Douglas Gallery with her husband. Carol loved her gardens, making sure there were plants blooming continuously from the spring through the fall. She and Doug were avid UConn Women’s Basketball fans, and watched every game on television, and even attended some live games. She treasured time spent with her granddaughter, doing craft projects, shopping, making many trips to Beardsley Zoo (as she had with her own daughters), and eventually was promoted to “the cool grandmother” by watching anime and listening to teenaged Isabelle’s playlist.
She continued the example set by her parents of giving back to the community. She called herself a “professional volunteer,” giving of her time and talents to the Trumbull PTA, Art in the Classroom Program, Bridgeport Area Arthritis Committee, Greater Bridgeport Speed Skating Club, Trumbull Safe Rides, Girl Scouts of Housatonic Council, Literacy Volunteers of America, and as an English as a second language tutor. Her 30-plus years of service to the Girl Scouts in a variety of roles earned her a number of awards. She was recognized as a Connecticut Treasure in 2003. But it wasn’t about the awards for Carol, it was the experiences she had and the people she met as a volunteer.
Carol enjoyed travelling. As a young girl, she spent vacations in Florida on Captiva Island with her parents. Family vacations with her husband and girls included warm islands, mountains, USA travel from East Coast to West Coast, and trips abroad.
Carol was one of those souls who made friends wherever she went. She made so many friends she considered family: a little neighbor girl she befriended when she and Doug bought their first house, friends from when she and Doug were newlyweds, friends made during the gallery years, and all her daughters’ friends that she adopted unofficially. Carol touched so many lives. She was kind and compassionate. She will be missed by so many!
The Family would like to thank the teams at Smilow/Yale Hospital, Grimes Rehab, Stratford VNA and Hartford Healthcare Home Hospice that let her fight with dignity and grace. Their care and compassion was a comfort to us all.
A memorial service will take place at Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Rd. on September 8 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may greet the family to pay their respects from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Inurnment will follow in Mt. Grove Cemetery. To leave an online condolence please visit www.mullinsfh.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Beardsley Zoo by going on their site to the recognition page. (See below) just add Carol Jayne’s name in the Memory/Honorarium box.