Carol J. Yelle

November 18, 1946 - October 13, 2010
Carol J. Yelle

Carol J. Yelle, 63 of Wilmington passed away October 13, 2010
at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Carol was born on November 18, 1946, in Burlington, VT, to the late Donald and Jeanette (Ramsey) Ritchie. Carol survived breast cancer twice, proof that her strength and willpower were relentless. She was a warm and endearing person with an abundance of love to give. She touched everyone that she met with her beautiful smile and sparkling eyes. Carol was a devoted mother and grandmother who always put the people she loved before herself. Her sense of humor was unwavering and her laughter was contagious.

She was a true lover of all animals, big or small. Her compassion for animals in need had no bounds and all seemed to be drawn to her pure soul. Carol also had an astounding artistic ability. She could make anything beautiful with a simple creative thought or a coat of paint. She made her home and garden beautiful, not only for herself, but for others to enjoy. Her gifts and talents were endless and she will be truly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Mr. Garry Yelle; daughters, Mrs. Gina (Andy) Fairbanks and Ms. Mia Yelle; son, Mr. Todd Snyder; step-daughter, Mrs. Suzanne (Randy), Schronce; step-son, Mr. Peter (Liana) Yelle; sisters, Mrs. Donna (Perry) Poquette and Ms. Phyllis Eaborn; grandchildren, Aidan Fairbanks, Lindsay Fairbanks, Libby Schronce, Brenden Yelle, and Nicholas Yelle; and several nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to Elaine Vickers, for your selfless efforts and infinite friendship.

A memorial service will be held at Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 South 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 10:00 am.

We welcome all friends and family to come and help us celebrate Carol’s luminous life.

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Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • October 16, 2010
    Heather Rae Lamonda says:
    I only met Carol a couple times, but her passion for her family and her love of life (especially animals) touched me.. she was an angel on Earth and surely is now an angel in spirit When I am in my garden or feeding and caring for wildlife I will think of Carol.

  • October 23, 2010
    Claudine Martinez says:
    As a little girl, I remember my aunt Carol as this woman who was always beautiful. She had this blond hair and always smelled good. I liked going to spend time at her house, because she was a lot of fun and the whole feel of her home was relaxed and easy. I can attest to her decorating skills, as she basically decorated the whole of my wedding reception and made it look absolutely perfect and beautiful. As well,I remember she had a talent for always getting me the perfect gift. She was a very gentle and sweet lady, and I have some very fond memories of her that I will always hold onto. God bless her sweet spirit. My warmest regards to those who feel her loss at this time. I am thinking and praying for you. Love, Claudine “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Pericles

  • October 15, 2010
    MaryKay (Kern) Hill says:
    Dear Gary, Todd, Mia, Gina, It saddens me to have seen the announcement of Carol in the Burlington Free Press today. When you all lived on Nash Place, Carol and I became good friends as I was one of Todd's babysitters when he was little. I saw you Todd years later after your parents moved to N.C., you had grown into a respectful young man. Carol, your mom was funny, always a beautiful smile, endearing, caring and a wonderful friend. The last time I spoke with her was after you all moved to N.C., we later lost touch as our lives went on, but at numerous times she would come to mind when something would trigger certain times and memories. My sympathy goes out to all of you and memories of your mom will be with me. She is someone that will be truly missed. Fondly, MaryKay Hill (Kern)

  • October 18, 2010
    Terri Burrell says:
    My sincere condolenses. I was shocked to see the obituary in our local paper. Carol looked so good when she was here in May for her Mom's memorial and when I met Carol for coffee a few days later. She spoke so lovingly of her husband, children and grand kids. I'm so glad that we got to spend some time together. I planned to visit Carol when I went to NC to see my daughter this winter. I still can't believe she is gone. I hope she didn't suffer long. Many years ago Carol cleaned my house when my girls were young and I worked with her mother at Vermont Federal Bank. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Terri Burrell (802-318-3458)