Carole Jean was born at home in Damascus, MD on August 13, 1947, and resided in Damascus her entire life.
She was predeceased by her beloved parents, Martha & Ray Luhn and her maternal grandparents, Emily & Noah Ifert, whom she especially adored.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, C. Richard "Dickie" McAlister, Damascus, her two children, Cathy (George) Magas, Damascus, and Ricky (Jill) McAlister, Mount Airy, along with her six adored grandchildren, Marc (Ali), Nick, Eric, & Alec Magas, and Abbey & Leslie McAlister and one great-grandchild, Cade Magas. She is also survived by her three loving sisters-- June (Alvin) Pearce, Paulette (George) Cramer, and Patti Haegele, as well as many nieces & nephews and great-nieces & nephews.
Carole attended Damascus High School, graduating with the Class of 1965. She was Class Secretary, a cheerleader, and a member of the 4-H and Drama Clubs. She was an excellent typist and short-hand subscriber and therefore, after graduation, secured a position at The Atomic Energy Commission before becoming a stay-home mom.
At the young age of 28, she & her husband started their own orthodontic supply company in Gaithersburg, MD in 1975. Even though it was a struggle in the beginning, they persevered and made it into a successful family business that has many long-term employees to this day.
Carole loved animals, including her special pets over the years--Inky, Muffin, Benson, Brandy, and Bella. She was a phenomenal cook, loved the beach- especially 140th Street in Ocean City, MD, country music, traveling, going out to eat, reading, dancing, shoes & purses, but mostly her family gatherings.
Services will be held at Molesworth-Williams Funeral Home in Damascus on Thursday, January 12, 2023. Visitation will start at 10 AM, with services immediately following at 11. Pastor Clark Baisden will preside. Private burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery Frederick, MD.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to: Pro Bono Counseling, 410.825.1001, probonocounseling.org or The Frederick Humane Society 301.694.8300 fredhumane.comcastbiz.net/donate
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