"Always walk your walk and speak your truth.
Your star will shine throughout the universe."
- Carol Elyse Magett
The second of six children born to Drusilla Loretta Wallace Magett and Peter Magett, our Beloved Carol Elyse Magett entered this world on January 30th, 1953 in Queens, NY. Soon after, the family moved to the Bronx, where she completed her pre-college schooling. After graduating from Evander Childs High School, she received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York and then her J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University in 1982.
Carol served in positions for the city and state courts in NY until she began her own private practice, Magett and Associates, where she specialized in estate planning, trusts, and probate administration. She was a leader in her field and co-author of the book "Legacy: Plan, Protect, & Preserve Your Estate." She was a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association Committee on Elder Law, The National Black Bar Association, The Links Incorporated Westchester Chapter, and Jack & Jill of America Inc.
In 1988, after four years of courtship, Carol married Ivanhoe Ffriend, and together they shared their passions for helping others, traveling the world, playing tennis, and working to build and preserve their clients' wealth. Their first and only child together, Jocelyn, was born in 1990, joining the children they shared through marriage, Colby and Charlene. Carol naturally mothered, loved and embraced her three children, six grandchildren, and all of the children that she volunteered with in after school programs at the Boys ans Girls Club of Mount Vernon. Her giant heart channeled and shared abundance with all those fortunate enough to know her and she loved all fiercely.
Carol was known and admired for her indomitable strength, sense of humor, raw genius, writing ability, courage, determination, elegance, beauty, bid-whist prowess, and good humored competitiveness. Most recently, she was engrossed in research to start her own shoe company and was teaching herself how to play the piano. A humanitarian and a lifelong student, she had the special ability to see the beauty in all things and people. To continue to walk in her teachings, she leaves behind her husband Ivanhoe, her son Colby, her daughters Jocelyn and Charlene, her sisters Nancy, Kathryn and Marilyn, her brothers Peter and Leon, and her grandchildren Hannah, Sylvia, Frida, Moziz, Atlas, and Amaya.
Because of her, we know unconditional love. Because of her, we know patience, compassion and generosity. Because of her, we know that strength and kindness are complementary. Because of her, we are, and we are so blessed have experienced her as woman, mother, lover, wife, sister, friend, mentor, and companion. Thank you Carol for all of the blessings you shared with us on your walk through this life. We know that you are already at work in your next role as Ancestor, and we look forward to this next chapter with you.