Carole Bisgrove of Byfield passed away at home on December 3, 2017.
She will be missed by her loving family, her husband of 46 years, Mark of Byfield; son, Lance and wife, Melissa Bisgrove of Haverhill; son, Clint Bisgrove of Byfield; and daughter, Laela Bisgrove of Haverhill. In addition to her siblings, nieces, nephews, and dear friends, Carole leaves behind her Aunt Theresa Sartorio of Weymouth and her step-mother, Rita McKenzie of Hingham.
Carole studied at the New England School of Fashion Design, Newbury Street, Boston. She was an accomplished designer and fabric artist. She created the Panel Skirt and a line of tennis clothes that she, along with her husband, Mark, sold nationally to many fine tennis shops and to Nieman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Later, Carole applied her creative sense to the making and marketing of decorative flags for homes and businesses. Carole and Mark pursued this market for 32 years, traveling to craft fairs, operating retail shops in Newburyport and Salisbury, and later selling over the internet.
In addition to making flags, Carole was a parent partner with the Haverhill Community Service Agency and later, a parent facilitator at Parent Professional Advocacy League in Lawrence and Haverhill.
Carole was a philanthropist of spirit, giving freely of her time and talents. She nurtured all around her and willingly shared her skills with anyone and everyone.
Carole's siblings and close friends have many wonderful stories of traveling, visiting museums, and exploring the world with Carole as she lead the way with her child-like wonder and infectious humor.
Carole was also a strong advocate and pursued integrity on all levels. She was incensed by injustice of any kind, in any circumstance. She nurtured her children and those around her with unconditional support and love. Her motto was that you make a plan, and if the plan doesn't work, you change the plan and keep going. Her passion insured forward progress.
At the request of Carole and her family, services will be private. Donations in her name may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center (splcenter.org).
Published on December 4, 2017