Carol Ann (Adams) Gavin

February 10, 1936 ~ May 26, 2021 (age 85)



Carol Ann Adams was born in New Berry, Michigan on February 10, 1936 to Frances (Justice) and Anthony Adams.

Carol was called to her heavenly home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 after her bout with the COVID19 Virus.

Carol is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Gavin and her first husband, Ardis Maxey; her mother, Frances Lowe; stepfather, Raymond Lowe and her father, Anthony Adams; sisters, Florence (Donald) Simmons and Gail Mitchell; brothers, Joe and Richard (Lena) Adams.

Leaving to cherish her loving memory is her sisters, Toni Latham, Helen Pompey, Eileen Bartlett and brother, Frank (Bobbie) Adams; children, Greg (Monica) Maxey, Pam (Wright) Jackson, Debra McDonald and Victoria Gavin; grandchildren, Chi (Rovelyn) Maxey, Tonya Wright, Corey Wright, Tony Wright, Brianna (Edrick Hill) McDonald, Maurice Gavin, Marcus Gavin, Jada Gavin and Lavon Sims. God also blessed Carol with great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

After graduating high school in New Berry, Michigan, Carol married Ardis Maxey, who served in the U.S. Military.  After Maxey left the military, they made their home in Joliet.

Carol accepted Christ at an early age as a Mennonite.  When moving to Joliet, she was attracted to the music of the Baptist church.  Years later, Carol met and wedded Leonard Gavin and following her husband, she became a member of Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, where she sang in the choir and served on numerous Committees.

Carol attended school to become a certified nurse assistant, while being a care giver for the elderly.  Later, Carol went into sales, selling Queen’s Ways to Fashion (clothes) and Fashion 220 (cosmetics).

Returning to her first love, caring for others, Carol and Leonard built and opened Carol’s Daycare, located in their home.  There, she enjoyed nurturing babies and preschoolers for over a decade.  Even Leonard took part in caring for the children after returning home from work.  A few years after Leonard’s passing, Carol closed her daycare and returned to caring for the elderly until her passing.  Along with Carol’s nurturing spirit, she also was a seamless seamstress and she loved baking and selling pound cakes.

Carol enjoyed being a social butterfly as she was a member of America Business Women Associations (A..B.W.A.), Eastern Star and Exotic Ones.

Carol leaves behind her special friends, Ken Dennis, Dorothy Overall, Carolyn Tate, Inge Maxey and many others.

Funeral service can be viewed via Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Joliet Facebook page.


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June 12, 2021

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church
1502 E. Mills Road
Joliet, Illinois 60433

Funeral Service
June 12, 2021

12:00 PM
Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church
1502 E. Mills Road
Joliet, Illinois 60433

June 16, 2021

10:30 AM
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 W. Hoff Road
Elwood, Illinois 60421

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