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Carolyn Ruth Norton Padgette

April 7, 1946 - July 15, 2020

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Carolyn Norton Padgette, 74, of Raleigh, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at home. She was the daughter of Paul Allen and Ruth Richards Norton. She is survived by her daughter, Beth Padgette Fulks and her son-in-law, Clay Fulks of Raleigh, NC; son, Robert Padgette and her daughter-in-law, Heather Padgette of Alameda, CA; grandchildren, Cameron and Nathan of Alameda, California; her brother, Richard Norton and his wife, Margaret of Brooklyn, NY; nieces, Julie Nash, Tracy Norton-Fisher, Rebecca Norton Cummings, and her beloved pup, Harry.

Carolyn was part of the "it takes a village" community before it was a thing. She raised her children with the help of her friends, Mary Ann Freeman, Judy Wright, and Bonnie Hudson. Together they raised four boys and one girl. Carolyn's extended children were Kevin Bunn, Thomas Corpening, and Alan Hudson. She will be missed by her village, one that seemed to grow with each passing day.

Carolyn grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and was a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall and Duke University. When she graduated from college, she was a teacher for children with learning disabilities. This role was an early indication of her lifelong ability to show compassion and understanding to people of all types. Carolyn enjoyed a career in real estate sales and management, followed by many successful years as the owner of Carolyn Padgette Nationwide Insurance Agency. She received many awards and recognitions for her work and anyone who worked with her considered her to be a manager extraordinaire. Her hard work as a businesswoman and a single mother led to great success, both personally and professionally.

Carolyn was one of the first residents of Stonehenge Townhomes in 1984 and served on the Board of Directors. She enjoyed the beach and often entertained friends at her home in Pine Knoll Shores. In 2018 she moved to The Cypress Retirement Community, where she enjoyed playing bridge and learning new card games with the residents. Carolyn was a friend to all who knew her, was generous and kind, adored her children and grandchildren, and was dearly loved by her family and friends.

Carolyn was the definition of kindness. She would never hesitate to help a person in need. She always would look for the best in each individual, a value she passed on to her children. She loved spending time with her friends, a good glass of wine, and a cheap glass of bourbon. There was not a place in Raleigh you could go where someone did not know her name (a slightly frustrating fact for her children when they were teenagers). Most people remember her for her kind heart, even if they only met her once. If you want to honor the memory of the person she was, please do a random act of kindness for someone, whether you know them or not.

Now don't think that Carolyn was perfect. She did have issues with expiration dates, probably from buying in bulk to get a good deal. She was very disappointed in the fact that she raised a daughter that didn't like shrimp. She had a fantastic sense of humor and would giggle to herself before finishing the joke. Her greatness outweighed her faults, so she's forgiven for all the expired salad dressing.

No service will be held at this time; the plan is to have a celebration of her life in April for what would have been her 75th birthday. She would not want to put anyone at risk during these uncertain times. Also, she would rather people get together when they could be happy, safe, share good memories, a glass of wine (or cheap bourbon), and hugs. Lots of hugs.

Memories and messages for the family may be posted at Renaissance Funeral Home https://www.rfhr.com/obituaries/. Anyone who wishes to do so may make a donation in her memory to the SPCA (https://spcawake.org/), National MS Society (https://www.nationalmssociety.org/, Flip NC (https://flipnc.org/), or the charity of one’s choice.
Posted by:
Sue Tice
Posted on:
July 23, 2020
Carolyn was was one of those rare people that you meet and have as a friend for life. I will miss her girlish laughter, and her penchant for finding the fun and positive in everyone, and every situation. We shared our love for dogs, the North Carolina Coast, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and just life in general. (She talked me into fostering a dog for a few weeks, which I fell in love with and adored for 13 years).
My husband and I moved to Montana years ago, but Carolyn and I stayed in touch. We could call occasionally and be so happy to hear from each other, and would just pick up where we left off. Carolyn, wherever you are....Thank you for your loyalty, encouragement, wisdom, making my life journey more fun by being my friend.
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wanda Madden
Posted on:
July 22, 2020
I was a Nationwide Agent and worked with Carolyn. She was as genuine as they come! I’m so sorry to hear of her passing, not that long after her retirement. My prayers are with the family. Wanda Madden
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Joy Stone
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July 21, 2020
Carolyn handled all of our insurance needs for years. She was warm, funny, smart and always available to help. We are so sorry to hear of her passing and extend our deepest sympathies.
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