Carol A. Dorrance

  • Died: February 22, 2018
  • Location: Natick, Massachusetts

Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

465 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458
Tel. (617) 244-2034

Tribute & Message From The Family

Carol A. Dorrance of Natick formerly of Newton Highlands died on Feb 22, 2018. She was 80.
Carol was born in Boston and graduated from the Chandler School for Women. She worked as an administrative assistant for K&E/Bozell and Arnold Advertising and BBDO Advertising. She was a member of the Advertising Club of Greater Boston and the Women's City Club. Carol was a longtime active member of Sacred Heart parish in Newton Centre and was past president of the Guild of St Francis. She had also operated a florist shop "Stem's by Carol"
Carol was the daughter of the late Thomas and Evelyn (Danico) Dorrance, and is survived by her sister Audrey Larson and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Carol's life on Mon Mar 5 at 12 Noon in Sacred Heart Church, Newton Centre. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the Mass beginning at 11:15 AM. Interment Newton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Fatima Shrine 101 Summer St Holliston MA 01746.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Audrey and all of the family of Carol. My sister Sandy just told me of Carol's passing. She was an inspiration to me as a young girl. I admired her for her career and her great sense of humor. I am sure all her nieces and nephews, whom she spoke of often, miss her tremendously.

Posted by Judith (Allen) Parsons - Plymouth, MA - family   November 19, 2018

Dear Audrey,

Posted by Beverly Bailey - Attleborox, MA - friend   May 07, 2018

I am just learning of Carol's passing and I'm disheartened by the news.

Carol was a sweat lady, and a lady she was. Thoughtful, giving, funny, creative and always full of life. She was a friend to everyone she met and generous with her time. What a wonderful woman she was.

Rest in peace, dearest Carol.

Posted by Janet Healy - Revere, MA - Coworker   May 03, 2018

I was so disheartened to learn, when calling to wish her a Happy Easter, that Carol had passed away some time earlier--only a few days after we'd spoken in February. Back in our BBDO years, we shared an apartment, and one of my great pleasures was to be invited to dinners with her warm and loving family--who acted as surrogates for my own "distant" family. An important and positive influence, both in my life and over the years, I will greatly miss my Maid of Honor, valued friend, and frequent hostess during trips on the way to Maine over the last 20 years. Love you, Carol

Posted by Lynn O'Shaughnessy - Tucson, AZ   April 20, 2018

We send our deepest sympathy on Carol's passing. She was a wonderful, charming, and loving person. My family and I have many fond memories of her from church, the Guild of St Francis, and the neighborhood. I am sorry we were away at the time of her passing and could not attend her funeral. I am sure she is up in heaven hanging out with my mother having a cup of tea discussing the happenings in Newton.

With sympathy, Dr Maura (Daly) Iversen, Christina and Erik

Posted by Maura Iversen - newton, MA   March 21, 2018


Coworker. Confidant. Friend. Carol Dorrance was a force of energy and love that if you were lucky enough to know her; you were truly blessed. I will miss this amazing woman so very much. God Speed dear Carol; rest in peace with the angels. My sister Kathleen and I send you all our love. Lara

Posted by Lara Henderson - Newburyport, MA - Coworker   March 05, 2018

We are so sorry we cannot be at the service to celebrate Carol's life. Carol was a smart, sassy lady who showed everyone that the best way to live life was to be genuine and loving. She was always there with a hug, a smile and the best welcome hello darling'. We love her and Carol will always be in our hearts. God bless. Our thoughts are with her family she loved with all she had. Much love, Karen and Scott

Posted by Karen Smith - Natick - Friend   March 04, 2018

Carol was my dearest friend for over 44 years. To say she will be missed is such an understatement. Special people like her don't often come along and when they do it restores your faith in humanity. For those of us left behind, the feeling of loss is just daunting. Rest in peace dear girl. You were much loved.

Posted by Mary Poisson - Grafton, NH - Friend   March 04, 2018

I am so terribly sorry to hear of Carol's passing. I was her neighbor for quite a few years in Natick before she moved, and she was like an Aunt to me. We had so many wonderful chats and I always kept an eye on her, as I am sure she did me. One of my favorite memories of Carol is that after shoveling her car out once during a storm, she figured out it had been me and surprised me with Red Sox tickets (box seats!) as a thank you. What a sweet and lovely woman. She will be missed. Much love to you all, Dyan xo

Posted by Dyan Lally - Natick, MA - Friend   February 28, 2018

My deepest sympathies. May the "God of all comfort," help to ease the pain of your grief during this time.(1 Cor 1:3,4,,,

Posted by A friend   February 28, 2018

I met Carol through my sister, Mary Poisson, way back in 1985 when she came over to Scotland for our parents 40th Anniversary. She was truly a wonderful, classy lady and I and my family will miss her greatly. We feel privileged to have her as a friend and will never forget her. RIP Carol, we all love you. Carol, Jim and Sarah Mitchell

Posted by Carol Mitchell - Bathgate, Scotland, United K - Friend   February 27, 2018

I met Carol when I worked at NRC (Norton) in the 6o's & remember her as such a beautiful person in every way. She was always so quick to laugh & her heart was always in the right place. I used to visit at the house on Floral Street. She on the first floor; Audrey & family on the second. She was an incredibly devoted daughter; sister; aunt & friend, while carving out a very successful career.... Those are rare qualities few people possess. I admired her tremendously, & was in awe of her ability to love completely.

RIP Dear Carol!

Posted by Rena (Shapiro) Green - Delray Beach, FL   February 27, 2018

Dear Audrey and all those nieces,nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews that she loved so very much.... Always with a smiling face. I shall miss my dear friend. And all those wonderful conversations we would have on how to change the world. LOL. She was a very unique,one of a kind friend. A treasurer. Always there for her family. Ready to help all
she met... Blessings and More Blessings.Missing you . Hugs Ann Signore Muench

She will be missed by all.......

Posted by Anna(Ann) Signore Muench - Woodbridge, VA   February 26, 2018

I had the honor of working with Carol in the late 1960's at BBDO Advertising Agency in Boston. We remained friends until the end. Carol set a standard for care and compassion for others that is rarely found in another human being.
She will be missed, but we all know we may have lost a friend, but gained an Angel. Rest in peace dear lady.

Posted by Jack Cantwell - Lebanon, PA - Friend   February 26, 2018