Haverhill — Carol E. Davies, 77, of Haverhill, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 7, 2013, at her home. She was born in Peterborough, N.H., and was the daughter of the late Rev. Charles A. and Esther (Gordon) Engvall.
Carol was a lifelong, community service activist, volunteering for the Topsfield Fair, the Grange and Haverhill’s Brightside, especially the community gardens and local environmental efforts. She loved when her farm friends called her the “Agriculture Ambassador.” Carol was a past master of the Bradford Grange and past chair of the Groveland Conservation Commission. As a follower of the Native American path, she embraced Native culture, and regularly attended local pow-wows.
Before moving to Haverhill, she owned a small farm in Groveland, growing crops and educating children about how farms operate. While raising her family, Carol was very active at her church. She taught religious education and acted in many productions by the Winchester Players. Carol took great pride in the program she designed and ran, transporting young students from Boston to a free summer camp in Winchester, giving them free lunch, and recruiting local families to open their swimming pools to these guests.
Early in her adult life, Carol stood up for her friends in the gay community, helping them get access to critical health care. She was politically active, often supporting liberal candidates who had strong social justice views. She credited her dad, a Unitarian minister, for raising her to make the world a better place. Carol was passionate about all social justice issues, and lived her life in the service of others.
Carol is survived by her youngest son and loving caregiver, John McIntosh of Haverhill; and her children, James Gordon McIntosh and his wife, Mary, of Reading, Mass., Pamela and her husband, Gregory Murphy of Manchester, N.H., Geoffrey McIntosh of Concord, N.H.; five grandchildren, Shaunna Masterson-Schiller, Angela McIntosh, Benjamin Mills, Wesley McIntosh, and Olivia Murphy; her four great-grandchildren, Darius and Emmanuel DiBlasi, and Noah and Solomon Schiller; and many nieces and nephews.
Carol will be missed by her dear sister, Judy Hunter of New York; and her brothers, David Engvall of Greenfield, Mass., and Donald Engvall of Maryland. She was predeceased by her sister, Josephine Harmon; and two brothers, John Engvall and Andrew Engvall Gordon.
ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, October 20, at 1 p.m, at the Haverhill Historical Society, 240 Water Street, Haverhill, to be followed by a Native farewell at Plug Pond on Sanders Road, Haverhill.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Carol Davies Memorial Fund, 450 Water St., Haverhill, MA 01830.
For more information, please contact the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, at 978-372-9311. Condolences to her family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.