Carol Ann MacDonald Perry, 79, a gracious and fun-loving woman, passed away at home on March 7, 2018 after living with cancer for 2+ years.

Carol's smile lit up rooms, and her sense of fun was infectious. She may have been only 5'2" but Carol's big-heartedness, strength, and genuine caring supported family and friends through their own rough times over the years.

Carol was born in Plant City, FL and grew up in Deerfield, FL, marrying her high school sweetheart, Brian MacDonald. She raised two children, managed the household, sold real estate, and helped the family through multiple moves, including Puerto Rico; Aiken, SC; Jackson, TN; Toledo, OH; Hazelton, PA; and Shelby, NC.

After her husband Brian died, she was lucky to fall in love again and married Charles (Chuck) Perry, splitting their time between Blowing Rock, NC and Fort Myers, FL, before moving permanently to Fort Myers. Chuck and Carol traveled extensively together, seeing bears in Alaska, driving the countryside in Ireland, and exploring parts of Mexico, Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies and Eastern Canada.

Carol was active in her church communities (Blowing Rock Methodist Church), an avid reader, bird watcher, orchid and nature lover, fair weather golfer and former tennis player. She made Sunday Fun Suppers, ate more than her fair share of stone crab, and had just the right amount of bling at all times. She modeled the high expectations she had for family and friends, and made a point to reach out to individuals who sometimes felt isolated, helping to affirm their importance and validate their contributions.

Carol is survived by her husband, Charles Perry; sister Janice (Deerfield, FL); son Brian/wife Joyce (Minneapolis, MN); daughter Cheryl/partner Larry (Columbus, OH); granddogs, as well as step-children and step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and countless friends.

She is preceded in death by sister Judy; first husband Brian; and parents George and Elizabeth Jones.

A small family service will be held in Shelby, NC at a future date. The family would like to thank the in-home service people and hospice nurses for their compassionate care and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials welcomed to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice to honor Carol.

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