Remembering Carol Jean Beaton

Submitted by Scot Beaton

Carol Jean Beaton passed away gracefully February 12, 2018, just as if she had planned it all along. Just two months shy of 90, she left after giving her faithful husband a lifetime of fun and laughter and two children; 3 grandchildren and one audacious great granddaughter. Carol met her husband Ian Beaton attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where Ian first fell madly in love with the girl from his typing class. Carol majored in Speech and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Fearless, intelligent, trusting and adventurous, they married after graduation in 1950 and moved to Flint, Michigan. Flint was a radical change from Larchmont, New York, where Carol grew up, but they stayed long enough to bear two children: their daughter Lynda and her younger brother Scot, who made a dramatic appearance on his sister’s birthday when she was 3 years old (no doubt orchestrated by Carol).

Photo of Carol Beaton

Carol Jean Beaton Born April 11, 1928 Died February 12, 2018

Carol was the perfect partner for a rising advertising executive, who sorely needed a speech coach to enhance his presentation skills. Carol was also quick to become highly proficient in golf, tennis and bridge. She was motivated to instill a love of Fine Arts in both her children. Although Lynda lacked the natural talent of her mother, she tried and now supports local arts organizations in Michigan. Scot on the other hand is an accomplished artist with his own advertising agency in Michigan. She was very proud of her grandchildren Kelly, Ian and Christie. Carol and Ian left Michigan to live in Sun City Phoenix, Sedona, Sun City Oro Valley, and finally settled in as some of the first occupants at Splendido in Oro Valley. Carol was instrumental in establishing the Vespers program, directed plays and thoroughly enjoyed retirement. Their family was especially glad to visit during harsh winter months in Michigan.

Carol Beaton is preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Laurette Lindner, sister Eleanor, and brother Charles. She was very fond of her 4 nephews, Brian, John, Bruce and David Lindner. While she will be missed by family and friends, Ian will miss her perhaps most of all. Theirs was a love affair like no other, an unbreakable partnership after 68 years that only stopped on February 12, 2018. Heaven has gained an angel that will live in our hearts forever until we sit at her feet again to hear her laughter. Until then, we will enjoy the memories she gave each of us.

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