Obituary: Carol Anne Talbot, 76

Carol Anne Talbot (St. Pierre) died on her 76th birthday on Thursday, Oct. 12, after a battle with dementia. She was born on Oct. 12, 1947, at JB Thomas Hospital in Peabody, and was a lifelong resident of Marblehead.

Carol and her husband of 42 years, Arthur “Buddy” J. Talbot Jr., were married in 1981 and had two children, Michael and Kathryn. Carol was proud to have raised her two children in the same place in which she grew up, often sharing stories of her time growing up with her sisters and friends in town.

Carol is survived by her husband, Arthur, as well as her daughter Kathryn (Kate) Talbot, her wife Ashley Stebbins and their children Luke (5) and Eliza (2), of Essex, Vermont. She is also survived by her sister Joyce Preble and her husband Peter of Marblehead, six nieces and nephews and their children. Carol is predeceased by her son Michael Talbot, her sister Joan Howlett and her husband Jeffrey, and her sister Donna Baybutt, who is survived by her husband Scott, of Peabody.

Carol worked as a hairdresser for over 50 years and especially enjoyed working with elderly clients both at residential living facilities and in their own homes. She had many long-term clients, some for as long as 40 years. As her clients aged, she would go to their homes to do their hair if they were unable to travel. This brought her to many nursing homes, where she added more clients and eventually became the resident hairdresser at Oceanview Assisted Living in Beverly.

Outside of work, Carol enjoyed gardening, reading, and most of all, being a Nana to her two grandchildren.

Carol had an especially strong bond with her son Michael, and after he passed in 2021 her health quickly started to decline. She asked for him repeatedly in her final days, and her family feels a great sense of peace knowing they are reunited in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Organization for Autism Research or the Marblehead Council on Aging. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, October 17, 4-8 p.m. at the Levesque Funeral Home, 163 Lafayette St., Salem.

All are invited to meet at the main gate at 10:45 a.m. for her graveside service at Waterside Cemetery, 294 West Shore Drive, Marblehead, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 18. For the guestbook and to send a
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Editor Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter.

1 Comment

  • Biff Michaud

    I am saddened to read about the death of yet another friend. I have known Carol, Joyce and Pete for decades. Carol loved her family and friends and lived her life bringing joy to all those she loved. The past couple of years has brought on the loss of many really great friends. I want Carol’s family to know that I care…she was a very happy, humble and caring woman!

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