Carolyn Eileen McArthur

  • Born: July 14, 1946
  • Died: February 26, 2013
  • Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Snowden Funeral Home PA

246 N. Washington St.
Rockville, MD 20850

Tel. (301) 762-2500

Tribute & Message From The Family


Carolyn Eileen McArthur of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on February 26, 2013 after a two- year courageous battle against colon cancer. Carolyn was a beloved wife, mother, and retiree of United Airlines where she served 35 delightful years with the company. Carolyn, professionally, was kind, generous, and hard working. She won the prestigious Sales Representative of the Year for United Airlines in 1986. Personally, Carolyn was equally warm, loving, and selfless. She cared for her ailing husband, her soul mate Don, for ten years until his passing. Carolyn was a person who had a generous spirit and melodious voice that would light up any room. She shared her vocal talents for friends' weddings and for the Church of Redeemer choir. Carolyn was a sister in Christ and leaves behind her loving daughter, Kimberly, devoted sister Katherine, and brother William. She is now a beautiful angel.


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Thinking of you Carol and my two brothers Don and Ben everytime I see these three birds playing on the fence outside my window on a sunny summer day. These three birds chase each other for a good 15 minutes or at least until I finish my last sip of coffee . As I watch them stop chasing each other, they stare back at me chirping as to tell me they are happy . Somehow I know it's a message from God letting me know that everything will be okay. So I listen and pray and sing because I find joy seeing, watching and listening to these three beautiful birds each morning

Posted by Brenda A McArthur Puckett - Elk Grove, CA - sister   August 11, 2013

Hi Aunt Carol,
its Nic, I visit this memory page often, but think of you even more. The memories are what help me get through the tough days and on the tougher days I just cry.

i have so much to say, but I feel like you already know because you are with me in spirit. Daryl (teacake) is growing like a weed, and DJ graduated from 8th grade!

Derek is doing well, and most recently we were faced with an obstacle and he said "What would Aunt Carol do" that's all he had to say and we knew we had to take the high road....just because that's the kind of woman you were.

Anyway...its taken me this long to post on this page, and I'm glad I waited. My heart is still heavy but I know in time it will heal.

Love you always forever and ever!

Love, Nikki

Posted by Nicole Lucas - Hyattsville, MD - niece   May 29, 2013

kimberly
your mother was a very special person to all of us who
had the pleasure of knowing and working with her. she always
had a smile and such a positive attitude no matther whtat
the situation was.

Posted by janet branton - sterling, VA - co-worker and friend   March 30, 2013

Dear Kimberly and family,

I was upset to learn of Carolyn's passing. I had the pleasure of working with her at the Dulles reservations office for several years. She was one of the most positive, energetic and thoughtful persons I ever met and her inner beauty radiated to everyone around her. She always went out of her way to smile, say good morning and ask how my day was going. She was so loving and kind to those she knew, and if she didn't know you, she made it a point to change that! As the saying goes, Carolyn never met a stranger.

She shared her beautiful voice on several occasions for us at work and I am certain that she has joined the choir of the Lord. May she rest in peace with her beloved Don, and shine down on her family until you can all meet again.

Posted by Kathy English - Annandale, VA - Co-worker at UAD/IADRR   March 19, 2013

Carol was of my favorites at United (old United). She was the reason I can boast a 35yr career. It was always her upbeat positive outlook on life that kept me going. Her bright light will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace my sister.

Posted by Stephanie McNeil Calhoun - Alexandria, VA - coworker   March 11, 2013

Dear Kim and family please know that our heart felt sympathy is with you all at this time. We remember Carolyn from many wonderful years working together in both Pittsburgh and Washington. Carolyn brought sunshine into our lives with a wonder smile, and lovely personality. Her melodius voice brought such great happiness wherever she sang and we so enjoyed her sharing that voice with us. Know that we also are so sad to hear of Don's passing. He was such a dear man. God bless you with peace in remembering all the good time you have had.
Sincerely, Sherry & Susie

Posted by Sherry Muoio & Susie Hughes - Phoenix, AZ - Ual Family   March 11, 2013

We are comforted to know you are among the Lord's angels singing praises to Him. We will forever miss your laughter, bright personality and your singing joyfully. Kimmy, know that we are here. We love you just as much as we loved your Mom and Dad!

Auntie Rose and Uncle Peter

Posted by Peter and Rose Sittner - Kensington, MD - Family   March 10, 2013

Dear Kimmie and family-I am so sorry to hear about your Mom-what a true lady. ..so kind and always smiling. I remember her giving me a wonderful welcome when we transferred from CLERR to IADRR. God bless you and yours and know that she was truly one of the best in every way.

Posted by Marianne J Skala - Westlake, OH - UAL coworker and friend   March 10, 2013

Candle

Carol will always be remembered as a fun and loving sister-in-law who was creative, talented and beautiful. She was very encouraging. I don't recall her having anything negative to say about anyone.
I'll never forget that when my faimily first met Carol and heard her sing we said she sounded like Nancy Wilson (famous singer). Carol also loved to share stories about her family vacations on cruise ships and other countries that she took with her husband Donald and daughter Kim. Because of her expressive way of speaking and singing, we nicknamed her "Mockingbird". I will truly miss her and my brother Donald and all the fun times we've had together.
Sing on "Mockingbird" sing on at Heavens Gate!
May God Bles Us All
Brenda (aka: Kitty)

Posted by Brenda McArthur-Puckett - San Francisco, CA - Sister-in-law   March 10, 2013

Carol & Don lived in the Eldorado Towers in Hyattsville,Md. in the 1980's. It was there where we shared so many laughs, food, singing and good times. Carol loved to talk she could take about 10 minutes to say goodbye to you when you left their home or from on the phone. She will be missed. Kim, you are one of my hero's.. Love Uncle Coach

Posted by Cochise McArthur - voorhees, NJ - brother-in-law and friend   March 10, 2013

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Dear Kim & Family,
As you can see, I've known Carolyn for a very long time. Would often go hear her sing back in our Pittsburgh reservations days. She was my supervisor for a short time & I'm sure I was her biggest struggle. Even though she could get in trouble for not straightening me out you'd never know it. She always greeted me with a smile & treated me with tact & grace. Definately a one of a kind.
My thoughts & prayers go out to all of you.
Rest in peace, Chicken.

Posted by Dee McDermott - Pittsburgh, PA - Friend,worked together from 1969   March 10, 2013

A Great sister in law, You always will be remebered, for goodnes and kindness. You are gone but never forgotten. I will always look after your beautiful Daughter Kimmie. Love Ya' Bro. Lee

Posted by Lee McArthur - rockville, MD - Brother in-law   March 09, 2013

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Carolyn was the most gracious and beautiful soul I had ever met. She will be sorely missed. My heart breaks for her family and the rest of us that loved her as we did. RIP precious angel. I will never forget you.

Posted by Jacque Miller Wheatley - Potomac Falls, VA - She was my supervisor at UAL   March 09, 2013

Dear Kim and family,

I worked with your Mom in reservations for several years.Everyone attests to her being and spirit that inspired a bright light in a very dismal work atmosphere.

She was an inspiration to countless agents in reservations and at the airport.

We had many conversations regarding work. When the conversation turned to you, her entire aura would light up. I remember when you were accepted at Columbia for Journalism. She could not have been more proud.

When I worked at the airport, I remember her last day before retiring. The line to wish her well was so long it wrapped all around the baggage area.

Your Mom will be looking after you always. Her love and pride will never fade. Although she was taken from the physical world too soon, you are so lucky to have had her as a mother.

The rest of us been blessed to have known her. I will always think of your Mom when I remember working for United. She was proof that a person of her high caliber inspired good workers. Good workers make good business and productivity. /

May you find solace in knowing how much she meant to all of us. I considered it a privilege to be her friend.

In deepest sympathy,

Beth Friedman

Posted by Beth Friedman - VA - co-worker   March 08, 2013

Candle

I had the pleasure of working with Carolyn at Dullles Reservations and followed her to Dulles Airport. Always, a smile for everyone, a kind word to all, and a shoulder in times of trouble. Carolyn's smile would light up the room when she entered, and her voice; sweet as an "angels". The heavens opened up when Carolyn made her entrance.

Posted by Cheryl Young - Jacksonville,, FL - Coworker/United Ailines   March 08, 2013

I was so sad to hear of Carolyn's passing. I worked with her at United, and I remember she always had such a warm, friendly smile and attitude, in addition to being a trusted and respected supervisor . My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

Posted by Margaret Keating - Ashburn, VA - United co-worker   March 08, 2013

Your mother was one of those beautiful people that everyone truly loved. She was the first person I met when I started to work at Dulles in 1999 and I'll never forget her. (I still have a United coffee cup she presented to us at our "graduation" and think of her every time I use it! I moved it with me 3,000 miles because it was so special.) She eased anxieties at work and made everything fun. Carolyn always had a bright smile & went above & beyond to resolve issues for us. She even sang to us on occasion! What a bright spirit. She will truly be missed!!

Posted by Barbara Tricarico - Ashland, OR - Co-worker   March 08, 2013

I worked with Carolyn at United Airlines. Carolyn was a true friend and she sang at our wedding (All I Ask of You from Phanthom of the Opera). Kim I know you will miss your mom dearly please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Midge Chervenak - Cranberry Twp., PA - friend   March 08, 2013

Kim:
I am so very sorry to learn of your mother's passing. I know how much she loved you and how devoted loving and caring you were of her. Her suffering has ended and she is now in abetter place. This has to be a difficult time for you. You are not alone. Please call upon me if I can be of any help. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
As ever,
Lew

Posted by Lew Mendelson - Bethesda, MD - Friend   March 08, 2013

Dear Kimberly and Family, Please accept our deepest Sympathy for the passing of your dear Mom and best friend. We were privileged to meet her when we all worked together in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, may years ago, and were happily reunited again here in Virginia in 1990. She was always such a treasured colleague and a joy to be around. We share your loss, but take comfort with you in the knowledge that she has now been born on angels' wings into the presence of Our Lord!

Posted by Tom & Marilyn Marcy - Centreville, VA - Colleagues at United Airlines   March 08, 2013

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Kimberly and Family, Carolyn was an Angel on earth and God needed her to serve a greater purpose. She will never have to endure pain again. May God bless and keep you in his grace and mercy through these difficult times.

Posted by Ophelia Caldwell - Indianapolis, IN - Co Worker Friend   March 08, 2013

I am truly sorry for your loss. She will be missed by all.

Posted by Candice Lyons - DC   March 08, 2013

Carolyn was an outstanding person who was compassionate and loving. She was a wonderful supervisor of mine at IADRR , United Airlines reservation center in Sterling Va. She shared her wonderful voice with us and I am so glad to have been touched by her. She truly is a lady who loved God and all of us at United. May she rest in peace with the angels in heaven. She will be missed by many.

Posted by Mark Albosta - Springfield, VA   March 08, 2013

Kimberly and family,
Your mom, was the warmest,kindest, most down to earth person I ever met. Yes, she was my supervisor at work, but she was much more. She was there when I needed to "leave" reservations... she helped me learn what it was I NEEDED! I came to her when I needed an ear, for my personal life.... she was more than accomodating! I felt she understood many of the things I was going through. I loved the fact that she was just such a warm and caring person, who would do ANYTHING for you! I am sooooo sorry for the loss of your Mom Kimberly!! Please know...whenever she and I talked, the conversations ALWAYS ended in, what Kimberly was doing, and HOW Kimberley was doing....she was the most PROUD mom a girl could ever wish for! God Bless You!
Sincerely,
Lesli

Posted by Lesli Fisher Newman - Monaca, PA - friend   March 08, 2013

Carolyn is my former Supervisor at Dulles, I will never forget her in my life. One of the reasons that I am still holding the job right now because Carolyn's saved my job back in 2001 when I was on probation. Sometimes, it was hard to have a good supervisor that went beyond her reaches to care for you and make sure that you deserved to be treated fairly and equally. I remember that she is always corrected my pronouciation whenever I said 'La Guardia.'
It was my greatful to know Carolyn in my life and also my greatest supervisor.

Sincerely,
Richard Ta

Posted by Richard Ta - Dulles, VA - Dulles' Employee   March 07, 2013

Candle

I will always remember Carol and her kindred spirit. She was loyal to those she loved and a genuine friend. Whenever, I watched her favorite movie the "Notebook " I thought of Carol and Don's love for each other. Carol will be missed for her hearty laughter, and her positive attitude.

May GOD comfort those who are close to Carol and continue to bless them

Posted by Mary Carol Bell - Vacaville, CA - friend   March 07, 2013

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Dear Kimberly & Family & Friends of Carolyn
My deepest & sincerest sympathy to all in the loss of one of the most
incredible people I know. Carolyn was one of the kindest, sweetest, friendliest
most caring & a most wonderful person. My heart is very sad for this tremendous loss however, we all know she is in a better place. I will forever remember her and will always cherish her memory. My life has been truly been blessed because I was touched by her love & friendship. May God's love surround each of you, comfort you & give you peace. God truly has another ANGEL by his side and OH could she sing! I know she is singing HIS PRAISES and has joined her husband Don for a great reunion in HEAVEN. Thank you Lord, for giving me the opportunity to have known her & to have been touched by her warmth, love & kindness. May God Bless each of you ALWAYS!

Posted by Judy Carroll - Charles Town, WV - Friend & Co-worker at United   March 05, 2013

Kim, your Mom was a classy lady. She always had a smile, and warmth just flowed from her. We met each other later in our lives, but she touched me deeply. We shared common ground with music and caretaking. Her smile, her spirituality and her heart are what I will remember the most. I believe she is at peace, and happy to be with your father, Don. I am honored to sing at her service.

Posted by Mary Shaver    March 03, 2013

So sorry to hear of her passing! Carolyn was the worlds best Supervisor! She always had a smile for everyone .The world truly lost a wonderful person ! Much love to Kim and her family and friends.

Posted by Carol Rudolph - Co-worker   March 03, 2013

I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that those of us who worked with Carolyn at United would like to thank her "other" family for sharing such an incredible woman with all of us.

- I was lucky to have her as my instructor in May of '86 shortly after the passing of one of her parents.
- I was lucky to have her as one of my supervisors in reservations.
- I was lucky to have been able to call her a peer as a fellow supervisor.
- I was lucky to learn from her how to treat people with compassion and dignity.
- I was lucky to have her support and encouragement during my career at United.

I was just plain lucky to have been able to meet and know Carolyn McArthur.

Posted by Joe Reid - San Diego, CA - One of her many students...   March 03, 2013

She was always so kind and forgiving.
Every time our techs at UAL could not fix a computer problem she was always positive. Always a smile and graciousness....

Posted by Arvind Rajguru - Great falls, VA - Fellow worker   March 03, 2013

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My deepest sympathies to Kim and other members of Carol's family and friends. Carol was the most optimistic person I knew. She saw the good in everyone and in all situations. She was kind hearted and a good friend to many - including me. Her singing voice was angelica. At her passing, I know that she was reunited with her husband, Don. Rest in peace Carol for your mission on earth has ended. As a sister in Christ, I know that one day I will see you again.

Posted by Kathleen Fenk - Trafford, PA - Friend   March 03, 2013

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carolyn was a beautifull sweet loving person she meant so much to me im going to miss her so much i loved to hear her sing i know she is in heaven right now with her husband don and they are so happy she will always be in my heart love you caroylin and prayers go out to her family she and don raised a beautifull daughter kim love you kim

Posted by sharon johnson - gaithersburg, MD - friend   March 02, 2013

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Carolyn fought the battle of her life and didn't giving up till the end. I will miss our walks and talks but I will always have you in my heart. Miss you so much and never stopped loving you.

Posted by Maxine Blank - gaithersburg, MD - friend   March 02, 2013

To the McArthur Family..So sorry for the loss of this beautiful woman. I worked at IADRR and though Ms. Carolyn wasn't my supervisor, I knew her and loved her. She was always smiling, always complimentary and always had time for a conversation and a laugh. She had a beautiful melodic speaking voice and a singing voice that lit up a room. She will be really missed, a class act always. May God bring you comfort in the memories of Mz. Carolyn.

Posted by SUZETTE GADEGBEKU - CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - a   March 02, 2013

To Kimberly and the McArthur family.
My deepest condolences and prays go out to you. I loved Carolyn so much. She was the very first person I met when I moved to this area. She was my supervisor for many years at IADRR. I will miss her smile,singing,graciousness and,kindness. She was a wonderful woman.

Posted by Carolyn E. Wiggins-Dail - Beltsville, MN - Coworker   March 02, 2013