OBITUARY: Carol A. (Donovan) Tildsley, 63

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Carol A. (Donovan) Tildsley, age 63, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2021.

Carol was born on May 31, 1957, in Lowell, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Dana and Carolyn (Fox) Donovan of Chelmsford, formerly of Lowell. Carol was raised and educated in Lowell and a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1975.

Carol married her “best friend” and the “love of her life” Martin Tildsley on August 16, 1980. The couple resided in Wilmington where they raised their two sons, Martin Jr. and Ryan. Carol’s boys were “her world”; she was a devoted wife, mother and Mimi who showered her family with constant love. Carol was very involved with her son’s as they grew up; she was always a fixture at every sporting event that they were involved in; she not only cheered on her boy’s, but she was always rooting for every kid on the team. Carol was also active at their schools; she was constantly volunteering for every school event and chaperoned countless field trips throughout the years.

Carol loved having her son’s and their friends at her home; she welcomed everyone with open arms, a huge smile and something to eat. Carol enjoyed having the kids over to go swimming in the family pool; she just let them be kids and have fun. Carol was a “favorite Mom” among her son’s friends, she was just so sweet to everyone, never judgmental and always there to lend a hand or an ear if they needed help.

Carol’s family was always her priority and she treasured the time they spent together. Carol just loved family parties, especially the Christmas parties, going on family outings to the beach, camping in Seabrook, family vacations or just “hanging out”; as long as they were together it made her happy.

Carol always had room in her heart and home for others; when Marty and Ryan married, she welcomed Marlene and Suzanne into her family and she finally got “her girls” who she loved dearly. When Carol became a Mimi to her five grandsons her life became even brighter; she just adored those little ones, they were the “light of her life”.

Carol wore many hats throughout her life, and she worked hard for her family; for over ten years, Carol, worked at Dunkin Donuts in North Wilmington where she always greeted you with a pleasant attitude and a huge smile. If the truth be told there are many, many Wilmington kids that Carol fed at Dunkins never taking a dime from them and paying for their breakfast herself; she was just that kind of giving person.

Carol also worked for the Wilmington Public School Systems in the cafeteria and at the “Cares” afterschool program. Carol was just so good with the kids; she watched over them carefully, helped them with homework, played games with them, dried their tears and treated them as her own family. The kids just loved her!

Carol will be fondly remembered for her sweet personality; she went out of her way to help everyone whether she knew you or not. Carol was so kind and caring; she was always asking how you and your family were doing; she always put others needs before her own. Carol’s unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends was evident in everything she did. She was truly the “nicest lady” you could ever meet, and you were lucky to call her your friend. Carol made an impact on everyone she met and she will forever be in the hearts of those she loved.

Besides her parents, Carol is survived by her beloved husband Martin Tildsley of Wilmington, she was the devoted mother of Martin Tildsley, Jr. and his wife Marlene of Wilmington and Ryan Tildsley and his wife Suzanne of Tewksbury. She was the loving “Mimi” of Daniel, Logan, Derek, Dylan and Lawson Tildsley, cherished sister of Debra Soha and her husband Michael of Chelmsford, Joseph Donovan and his wife Rhonda of Lowell, Mary Tully and her husband James of Dracut, Julie McNamara and her husband Timothy of Chelmsford and Kevin Donovan and his wife Tracey of Lowell. Dear sister-in-law of James and Katherine Tildsley of Boston and Sidney and Sharon Tildsley of Wilmington. Carol is survived by many special nieces, nephews and friends. Carol also missed her beloved companion, her yellow lab Keno.

Due to the current pandemic, the Tildsley family had decided to have a private service at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Carol’s memory to The Angel Fund for ALS Research, 649 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

Carol Tildsley

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