Carol (Mansfield)'s Story
Carol (Mansfield) Grimes, 72, wife of Lee Grimes, died Tuesday afternoon September 26, 2017 after a long illness.
Born in Ipswich on October 14, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Lillian (Deschene) Mansfield.
Raised and educated in Ipswich, she was a graduate of Ipswich High School, Class of 1962. She and her husband, Lee, were married on January 21, 1967 in St. Joseph’s Church, now Our Lady of Hope Church, in Ipswich. After they were married, Carol and Lee moved to California to continue his graduate education. It was there that they spent many great years and their two children were born. In 1978, the Grimes family moved back to the North Shore and settled in Hamilton where Carol and Lee have resided ever since.
Carol worked at Coastal Orthopedics for 35 years, and retired in 2010. Family was always her priority and she never missed the opportunity to support her children in their interests. She attended every one of her children’s games, even if she had to switch at half-time, or drive to another town to catch the last few minutes. Many will remember her voice booming from the sidelines as she cheered on many teams over the years.
Carol loved to be surrounded by family and friends. There were often extra settings at the Thanksgiving table for friends who needed a place to go. She was always there to lend a hand, give a warm hug, or make a meal. She possessed a great sense of humor and the wonderful ability to laugh at herself. Carol enjoyed being outdoors, whether skiing, gardening, or taking walks on the beach. She especially loved spending time with her five granddaughters. She loved them so much, and even to the end, they brought her such joy and a smile to her face. She will be truly missed.
In addition to Lee, her husband of 50 years, Carol is survived by their two children, Craig Grimes, MD and his wife, Margaret of Byfield, Holly Shepherd and her husband, Chris of Hamilton. She is also survived by their granddaughters, Madeleine, Audrey, Piper, Bailey and Coco. Also, Carol leaves her two sisters, Karen Mansfield and Virginia Trampe, both of Vermont, and many dear nieces and nephews. Carol was also predeceased by her brother, John G. Mansfield, formerly of Essex.
A Celebration of Life for Carol will be held at a later date. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Carol’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts, 309 Waverley Oaks Blvd. Waltham, MA 02452. Assisting the Grimes family is the Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich. To send a condolence to the Grimes family please go to MorrisFH.com.
Published on  October 3, 2017