Published in the August 11, 2017 edition
Carolyn was born in Malden on February 5, 1947, and was one of four children of the late Preston R. Boyd and Helen (Meagher) Boyd. She was raised in Malden, where she graduated from Malden High School, Class of 1965. On May 23, 1970, she was married to John H. Bishop and purchased a property on Park Street in Melrose to build their dream home. They raised a family of two sons on Park Street and proudly called Melrose home for over 30 years.
During her life, Carolyn worked in a variety of positions, but always considered her most important job to be a mother. In her younger years, she worked at the Malden Public Library, then New England Telephone, and later in life as a teller at Melrose Cooperative Bank.
A faithful woman, Carolyn was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Melrose. After retiring, they moved from Melrose to Jefferson, New Hampshire, where they enjoyed the beauty of the natural landscape and mountain view. In New Hampshire, she became a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Lancaster, where she made many friends and enjoyed organizing the Winter Festival for many years.
Carolyn loved animals, especially her beloved dogs, Brandy, Taffy, Scout, Abby, Miles, Katie and most recently Ellie. In her free time, she loved music, quilting, and collecting teddy bears. She was also a passionate quilter and made many beautiful quilts for her children, and grandchildren.
Carolyn will be remembered for her dedication as a mother, her sociable nature, and an ability to make people laugh. With a dry sense of humor and quick wit, she could get a rise out of anyone. She will be missed, but always lovingly remembered.
Carolyn was the beloved wife of the late John H. Bishop, with whom she shared 43 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Steven J. Bishop and his wife Susan of Tewksbury; and Phillip R. Bishop and his wife Carrie of Middleton. She was the dear sister of Donna Pesce of Saugus; Dr. Thomas A. Boyd of Shaker Heights, Ohio; and Paula L. Baldwin of Northfield, New Hampshire. She was the cherished grandmother of Sarah, Thomas, Corey, Hailey and Ashton. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends will gather in honor of Carolyn’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Sunday, August 13 from 2-6 p.m., and for her Funeral Service at the First United Methodist Church, 645 Main St., Melrose celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. Interment will take place at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For online tribute, directions or to share a memory, visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com.