The late Carol Ann Stoker
1957-2012 It is with great sadness that we must announce that Carol Ann Stoker, MPSI of Laune Pharmacy, Killorglin, passed away on Monday, August 20 2012. She died at her home in Lower Bridge Street after a long illness, surrounded by her friends and family.
Carol Ann was born on August 29 1957 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, in the north-east of England. Her father Frank originated in this area, and her mother Eileen came from Coomastow, Mastergeehy outside Caherciveen.
She studied pharmacy in Bradford University, and later achieved her Masters degree in "Wound Care" at Queen's University, Belfast. She always maintained a keen interest in this subject.
Early in her career Carol Ann worked in many areas of England. When her brother, Kevin moved to Ballymena, Co. Antrim, closely followed by their parents, she was successful in securing a post in the Pharmacy Department at the Waveney Hospital and joined her family.
She had a great love for Co. Kerry, and spent many holidays here whilst growing up. She stayed with her Aunt Debbie (her Mum`s sister) and her cousins Noreen, Ita and Maureen in Glenbeigh. During her student years, she worked in the Tower's Hotel as part of her summer break.
In 1994, she purchased the Laune Pharmacy in Lower Bridge St. Killorglin, from PJ Foley.
Carol Ann loved her work and built a thriving business of which she was very proud and had just celebrated her 19th year as a pharmacist in Killorglin. She counselled, gave guidance and keenly followed her clients' progress. She was always there for people, she always wanted to help. She was a wonderful community pharmacist and will be sorely missed.
Her mother, Eileen, came to live with her six years ago. Carol Ann continued her devotion to her Mum, ensuring her care was faultless and kindly delivered.
Carol Ann had a bubbly personality, twinkling eyes and a great sense of humour that she maintained to the very end, alongside her charming deep loud laugh.
She was very direct, telling it as it was. She was particular too; everything had a place and everything should be in its place. She could be a tough taskmaster at times! However, if you needed anything - she pulled out all the stops to help!
Carol Ann was private, kind, independent and dedicated. She knew how to enjoy life. She was very artistic, loved to paint, sketch and craft pottery; she could transform any object into a thing of beauty.
Thursday nights in Killorglin were special for her and her friends. They had a meeting every week for 19 years, listening to wonderful music, discussing literature, films and of course, food. She will be sadly missed by them.
Carol Ann was very active in the community and had a particular affection for Lower Bridge Street. She spent time on the Puck Fair committee, and also helped with the make-up at Panto time. In addition, she was Assistant Treasurer on the Killorglin Social Action Group, which renovated the old 'Carneige' and transformed it into a vibrant Day Care Centre which still attracts many attendees from in, and around the locality.
Since 2006, she has been the figure head for the "Pink and Fluffy" fun events, held in Killorglin, raising funds for The Irish Cancer Society - Breast cancer awareness campaign, a charity close to her heart, and at this point has raised over €30,000.
In honour of Carol Ann, there will be another "Pink and Fluffy" fun event on Saturday October 27th 2012 at the Manor Inn, Killorglin.
Over the past few months she displayed such stoicism and bravery in dealing with her illness, whilst still continuing to care for her patients, and customers alike. Carol accepted her illness with great dignity, never getting angry and maintaining her selflessness; she was an example to us all.
Wherever Carol Ann lived she made many friends, always keeping in close contact. The strong friendships she established are reflected by the recent visits and condolences arriving from near and far.
She is survived by her mother; Eileen (currently residing in St. Josephs, Nursing Home, Killorglin), her brother; Kevin, sister in law; Maureen, nephews; Mark and Michael and niece, Marianne, Mark's partner Ursula, and their son Gage, many friends and her staff.
Ni bheidh a leitheid ann aris.