Carol A. Wade was born Oct. 6, 1940, in New Castle, Pa., and died peacefully in her sleep, Sept. 13, 2020.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 46 years, James E. Wade, and her parents, James and Ethel Hodge.
Carol was a devoted wife and mother of four children, Debra (Philip) Gardner, Toby (Carin) Wade, Joy (Chris) Wade and Jimmy (Sherry) Wade Jr.
She adored her 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
She was the oldest of eight siblings, of which she is survived by five.
Carol was a faithful member and servant of the First Baptist Church in Batavia, where she was the Chairman of Property and Finance for several years. She worked diligently to facilitate many building upgrades while always staying within budget, as her first priority was to honor her Lord and Savior in His temple.
Everyone knew Carol as a strong, intelligent, witty, deeply loving and helpful woman. She never met a stranger. Everyone was a friend.
Only those closest to her knew what a talented writer of poetry she was. Her humble heart kept her gift quiet when she could have published her work.
Carol had a gift of leadership and drawing people together, nowhere better demonstrated than at the Washington Towers, where she lived for the past two years. She encouraged residents to get to know one another during the friendly “coffee hour” she started, which became a big hit and grew into more events to celebrate life together. We are told that she changed the atmosphere there.
She will be sorrowfully missed by all who were blessed to know her and be loved by her. She may have lived a humble life, but she left an everlasting impact.
Carol, like her beloved husband, donated her body to science at the University of Buffalo, a final act of love and service.
A celebration of life service will be announced for sometime in the spring.