Carol Lee Wilcom, 79, a beloved mother, teacher, and coach, passed away peacefully at her home in Monrovia, Maryland on October 21, 2023. She was surrounded by the love of her daughter as she transitioned from this world to the next. She was born on April 15, 1944 to the late Clifford Shelton and Mildred Keeney Shelton. She was the loving wife of the late Jerome (Romie) Wilcom. Carol's life was filled with accomplishments, dedication, and above all, love.
Carol began her teaching career at Brunswick High School in 1966. For the next three decades, she made a significant impact on the lives of her students. She not only shared her knowledge but also inspired and motivated young minds to achieve their dreams. Carol's dedication went beyond the classroom as she coached field hockey and led her teams to capture regional and county titles. Her coaching prowess reached new heights when she guided her squad to win the girls' state track championship in 1983 and secured runner-up honors in 1989 and 1990.
In addition to teaching and coaching, Carol was a mentor, a friend, and a mother figure to many. Her warm heart and nurturing spirit transformed the lives of those fortunate enough to cross paths with her. She lived by strong Christian values and always put the Lord first in her life. This devotion shaped her character and influenced the love and kindness she extended to others. Carol will forever be remembered as the best Mom and Oma ever! Her love was boundless, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew her.
Education played a crucial role in Carol's life. She graduated from Walkersville High School before earning a Bachelor's Degree at Frostburg State University and a Master's Degree from Western Maryland College. These achievements reflected her commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth.
Aside from her professional pursuits, Carol had a vibrant personality that shone through in all aspects of her life. She found immense joy in spending time with family and friends, cherishing every moment and creating lasting memories. Carol loved to showcase her culinary skills in the kitchen, creating delicious meals that brought people together. She also enjoyed golfing and playing cards, activities that allowed her to connect with others in a fun and lighthearted way.
Carol's list of accomplishments is truly remarkable. In 1979 Carol became the first woman athletic director in Western Maryland, breaking barriers and opening doors for future generations. Her dedication to sports extended beyond administrative roles as she advocated for numerous new varsity programs for both boys and girls. Carol actively participated in state and county professional organizations, often assuming leadership positions such as chairperson or president. In 1996, her outstanding contributions were recognized when she was inducted into the Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame. Carol's passion for her job and students was unwavering, earning her the admiration of those around her.
The impact Carol had on her community extended beyond the realm of education and sports. She was an honorary life member of the Woodsboro American Legion Auxiliary, illustrating her commitment to serving others selflessly.
Carol will be deeply missed by her loving family. She is survived by her children: Kami Culb and Tony Walker of Monrovia, Douglas Wilcom and wife, Elizabeth of Union Bridge, Susan Wilcom of Frederick, and Cindy Ann Holley and husband, Rick of Johnsville; grandchildren: Jack Culb, Abby Culb, Chelsea Humphries and husband, Bobby, Clinton Holley, and Noel Holley; great-grandchildren: Tatum, Elijah, Dawson, McKinley and Liam ; sister Barbara Green of Harpers Ferry; brother William Shelton and his wife Elaine of Baltimore; sister-in-law Terrena Shelton of North Carolina; niece Robin Turner of Frederick; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by her daughter, Kathryn Socks; grandson, Colter Jordan; brothers, Jerry Shelton and Joseph Shelton.
Carol Lee Wilcom's legacy will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew her. Her compassionate spirit touched lives far and wide, leaving an indelible impact on her community and beyond. Her memory will live on as a beacon of kindness, love, and dedication.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects during visitation services at Stauffer Funeral Home located at 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702. The visitation events will take place on Sunday, October 29, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, as well as on Monday, October 30, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A celebration of Carol's life will be held at the same location on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at 11:00 AM. Pastors Andy McClain and Ronald Brown will officiate.
As we bid farewell to Carol, let us remember her with smiles and gratitude for the beautiful memories she created. May her soul find eternal peace, knowing that she left an immeasurable impact on the lives she touched. Rest in peace, dear Carol Lee Wilcom.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to Brunswick High School Sports Boosters, 101 Cummings Drive, Brunswick, MD 21716 or the Woodsboro American Legion, 101 W Elizabeth Street, Woodsboro, MD 21798.