Pauline C. “Carol” (Getchell) Farley


July 10, 1940 to July 10, 2020

Pauline C. Farley, known to most as “Carol,” passed away on July 10, 2020, on her 80th birthday, from complications encountered after heart surgery. Born in Dedham to Harold O. Getchell and Avis L. (Pinkham) Getchell, she grew up in various places in Downeast Maine, eventually settling with her family in Massachusetts, where she attended West Bridgewater High School.

Carol would summer on the quiet side of MDI with her grandmother Bertha (Thompson) Pinkham. It was during these summer visits that she was introduced to the love of her life, Richard M. Farley Sr. They were engaged in 1956 and married in 1958, enjoying 44 years of marriage.

Carol was a lifetime member of the Tremont Congregational Church, where she wore many hats, serving as Sunday school superintendent, clerk of records and treasurer (bookkeeper extraordinaire). She served on the board of deacons, was a member of the altar guild and a longstanding member of the senior choir. Aside from her church activities, she worked as a child-care provider, caring for over 60 neighborhood children from 1970-2001, at which point, because of her husband Dick’s illness, she went and got her driver’s license (age 61) and took a job outside the home working as a residential health-care provider at Sonogee Living and Rehabilitation Center.

She retired from formal work at age 70 and went into full-time enjoyment as matriarch of the family, enjoying countless hours of family time celebrations, holidays, birthdays and fire-pit parties, where she always brought her signature potato salad. She remained active and independent right up until going into the hospital. She loved her walks to Back Beach, a good challenging puzzle and a good book series to read (she thought the “Outlander” series was a bit “risqué”). Carol was talented in the crafts of knitting, crocheting and needlepoint. She also was an accomplished seamstress. Many of her family and friends have been gifted with her creations through the years.

Carol took great pride in being a grandmother and was active in the lives her grandchildren and great-grands. She was deeply loved and admired by all who knew her as a quiet, steady, humble woman who was always available to listen and give quiet, sage advice. She will be deeply missed by all whose lives she blessed, though she personally asks that we do not make too much of a fuss. She put this request in writing, “No fuss, please. I’ll know what you are doing.”

Carol is survived by her brother, Harold Getchell Jr.; son, Richard M. Farley Jr. (Jane); daughters, Cynthia M. Willey (Allen) and Pamela J. Richard; grandchildren, Jennifer Sochulak (Clint), Derik Willey (Amanda), Shana Willey, Robert Richard, Kaity Walsh (Terrence) and William Richard; great-grands, Isla, Silas, Jacob, Brady and Piper Anne; sister-in-law, Pauline (Moore) Rowe; nephews, Mark Getchell (Max), Dana Getchell and Roger Rowe; niece, Rebecca Rowe; and a much-loved cousin, Carrie (Wentworth) Dow. She leaves behind her beloved furry companion, Pumpkin the cat.

Carol was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Dick; her brother, Leonard Getchell; half-brothers, Roy, Charlie and Eddie Rowe; son-in-law, Howard B. Richard Jr.; sister-in-law, Claire Getchell, with whom she was close; and her beloved cat, Bandit.

A graveside service officiated by Pastor Cassandra Crabtree will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19 (Carol and Dick’s 62nd wedding anniversary), at Hillrest Cemetery (Tremont). A reception will follow in the backyard of Tremont Congregational Church. If possible, BYOs (bring your own seat/lawn chair). Donations in Carol’s memory can be made to Tremont Congregational Church, P.O. Box No. 6, Bernard, ME 04612.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert.

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