Carol M. McDermott, 68, of Beverly, died Aug. 31.
Funeral services were held Sept. 4 from Curley Funeral Home to St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel. Private interment followed. Kubina-Tybor Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.
She is survived by her siblings, Thomas (Julia), Ann, Maureen (Richard) Lillis, John (Laurie), Janet (John) Revane, Marybeth (Kevin) McCarthy, Edward (Bernadette), Michael (Maura), Patricia (Michael) Connelly and James (Paula) McDermott; 27 nieces and nephews, 10 great-nieces and great-nephews with the 11th on the way; and her cousin, Eileen McDermott.
McDermott attended St. John Fisher Elementary School where she became popular with the nuns early on in first grade by pulling the fire alarm, which led to the evacuation of the entire school.
Continuing on to Longwood (Academy of Our Lady, Class of 1971), she was known for her red hair and bubbly personality. She worked at Amtrak in the early 1970s and eventually became a talented paralegal at various law firms in Chicago.
In her lifetime, McDermott had lots of different jobs, saving the best for last. She retired as a receptionist with Jewish Vocational Services in 2018, and she found her work rewarding.
McDermott loved being from a big, South Side Irish Catholic family and was proud to have her aunts and uncles as role models. She often remarked how lucky her relatives were to have been raised by such good people.
More precious than anything to her were her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She relished every phone call and text, which lifted her spirits when she became homebound.
She faced her illnesses and accepted her limitations with grace, mixed with stubbornness. She had wonderful doctors, including Dr. Kim, who walked with her on her journey and provided her comfort and amazing care.
In addition, she was especially cared for by her cousin, Eileen McDermott.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are appreciated to Misericordia Home.