Carole Azallion Williams passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021, after a long battle from dementia. A true firecracker with a witty, and yet stubborn personality, Carole always kept her family and friends on their toes. She adored her family, traveling, interior decorating, and shopping. She will be incredibly missed.
Carole is proceeded in death by her father, John Carroll Azallion and mother, Evelyn Mae Azallion (Peshek). She is survived by her loving husband of more than 22 years, Jerome (Skip) Williams; son, Brad Floor (Nicole); daughter, Jennifer DeMatteis (Matthew); step-son, Jeremy Williams; step-daughter, Joanna Spanos (Matthew); sister, Joanne Verba (Steve); grandchildren, Kendall, Julia, and Anderson; nieces, Carrie, Laurie, and Stephanie; and great nieces, Lillian and Layla.
Born January 25, 1947, in Wheeling, West Virginia. Carole would smile every time when asked about her Ohio Valley roots - in particular her hometown of Dillonvale, Ohio. A 1964 graduate of Dillonvale High School, she loved being on the football field twirling her baton as the head majorette, and took pride when she learned how to twirl with fire.
Carole attended West Liberty College and The Ohio State University. In the late 1960s, she paused her college career, relocating to Alexandria, Virginia, where she was a secretary for the dental clinic at Bolling Air Force Base. She loved working with the armed forces and getting what she thought was the "inside scoop" on the government, including President Nixon’s secret trip to China. She was even asked to fill in for the secretary to the Surgeon General. Carole would later earn her Bachelor of Science in Education from Otterbein University, and worked for the State of Ohio for more than 20 years.
Traveling was second nature for Carole. From the beaches of the Atlantic Coast to Europe and Asia, she would always share stories of her adventures. And of course her trips to Hawaii with Skip. She once wrote, “I love, love, love HAWAII. We’ve taken 18 trips to the islands, and stayed on all of them - Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. The Big Island is our favorite, and we’ll stay for a month this time (you know, as we get older, we stay longer).” Carole enjoyed dining at Roy’s Pacific Rim, shopping for jewelry at Sassafras, and sitting beachside with her favorite Hilo Hattie beach towels and OluKai sandals. Carole’s knack for brands and style was not to go unnoticed, and she enjoyed shopping for those she cared about most. The Talbot’s staff came to know her by first name, and she never missed a good sale. She loved her Coach purses, Lilly Pulitzer dresses, Tommy Bahama sweaters, Donald Pliner shoes and Lancome makeup. She carried her “signature brand” beyond her wardrobe to interior decorating. She would scour the internet and clip pictures from magazines and catalogs ranging from Architectural Digest to Ethan Allen, Horchow and Pottery Barn - finding decor to match her traditional Colonial Williamsburg style. Carole was a devout Christian and committed to her Presbyterian faith. A long-time member of Central College Presbyterian Church, she could be found in the alto section of the choir loft every Sunday, and especially enjoyed signing Amazing Grace and the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
A private service will take place on Friday, February 26, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Central College Presbyterian Church choir via Online Giving. A sincere thank you to the nurses and staff at the Villages of Westerville - especially Heartland Hospice. She was treated with compassion and respect, and her family will always be grateful.