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Naomi Mabin Carroll

01/23/1929 - 11/19/2023


Obituary For Naomi Mabin Carroll

We’re called to honor the life of Naomi Mabin Carroll, who after 94 years spent on earth, went home to the Lord’s Kingdom on November 19, 2023. Before we reminisce on her life, let us acknowledge our feelings. Not solely our sorry and brief, but remember her warm embrace, her joyous smile, and gratitude for every moment spent with our loving Matriarch. Consider the sadness you feel about missing her, a reflection of the infinite deposits of love she poured into all of us. Because while that’s what we’ll miss the most, it’s also what can never leave our hearts.

Naomi was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 23, 1929, to Bessie Mabin and Augusta Mullens. Early in her youth, her family moved to New York City. Tragedy struck when Naomi was 10 years old, as her mother unexpectedly passed away. But thanks to Bessie’s seven loving brothers and sisters, Naomi would only know a life of love provided by her aunts and uncles who immediately took her in. While they all showered her with love, it was her aunts Penny and Frances “Siss” Mabin who, in Naomi’s words, were in charge of everything when it came to her. While living on 113th Street in Harlem, Naomi attended Wadleigh High School for Girls. She also began working at the laundromat owned by Aunt Sissy.

During this time, Naomi met Arthur Carroll. The two fell in love, got married in 1946, and had their daughter, Audrey soon after Arthur’s return from serving in World War II. In 1954, Naomi, Arthur and Audrey became one of the first tenants to move into an apartment in the then-new Alfred E. Smith Houses in New York City’s Lower East Side neighborhood. The couple raised Audrey here before amicably separating, but the apartment would lay a foundation for the family for generations to come.

It’s here in Smith that Naomi would evolve into Granny, as she dedicated her time to being a grandmother to Audrey’s daughter, Antoinette. Watching over her while Audrey worked, teaching her countless life lessons, and raising her until Antoinette eventually had two boys of her own, Terrence and Trent. Naomi nurtured her boys just as she did her girls. She was Terrence’s first best friend, supporting his dream of becoming a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. She also supported Trent’s early love for basketball, becoming the first rebounder, both in the hallway and in P.S.I. park.

But Naomi’s dearest relationship was with her loving daughter, Audrey. An inseparable bond, they laughed, cried, occasionally disagreed, and loved on each other. Alongside beloved cousins like the late Andrenna Deloatch and her daughter, Avra Holley among other loved ones, they famously enjoyed taking trips to Atlantic City Las Vegas, to see the shows of course, and spent time making memories of their New York City lives.

In 2009, Naomi and Audrey moved to Dover, Delaware for a change of pace from New York City and to spend more time with Antoinette and Trent. It’s here that Granny continued her role as the surrogate grandma and great-grandma to Trent’s teammates and her extended family members alike.

Naomi Mabin Carroll was preceded in death by her parents, Bessie Mabin and Augusta Mullens; husband, Arthur Carroll; uncles, Ed Mabin, Nathaniel Mabin, Abraham Mabin, Wallace Mabin; aunts, Helen Mabin Frances, “Siss” Mabin and Penny Hart; her life-long friend, Rosemary Sumpter and her husband, Burrel “Bubba” Sr.; son-in-law, Burrel “Butch,”, Jr; cousins James Hart, Sr. Barbara Brown, Herbert Hart, Andrenna Deloatch and her grandson, our beloved, Porter.

Naomi Mabin Carroll leaves to mourn, her daughter, Audrey Carroll Sumpter; granddaughter, Antoinette Watson and her husband, Terry; great-grandsons, Durrell Watson and his partner, Tkiera, Terrence Watson and Trent Watson; great-great-grandsons, Carmelo Watson and Camari Watson.

A multitude of loving cousins and extended family members are also left to mourn, including, Karl Mabin and his wife, Kim, and their daughter, Taja; Sheila Hart and companion, Marcus, their son, Tahiem Hart, daughter, Shelia Hart Jr., and granddaughter, Sienna; Ron M. Brown and his wife, Elaine and their children, Daniel and Barbara, Jacqueline Coleman, James W. Hart, Jr. and his wife, Geneva and their twin sons, Famous and Jaylen, Cherie Hart and her son, Aamir, Latoya Hansly and her daughter, Cassidy; Talib Bey and his wife, Brend and their daughter, Attiya, Avra Holley and her son, Omari, Tjade Johson, Jacqueline Sumpter-Heath and her children, Heather, Quincy and granddaughters, Taylor and Rosi, Margaret Watson, Sonya Watson, and daughter, Brianna, Pamela Watson and her husband Shahid, and sons, Bryce and Braxton; best friends Edith Brooks, Trina Barwicks, Clifton Jones and his wife, Romona and their son, Clifton, Jr.; and many more.

Forever in our hearts, we’ll love you by every name, Naomi Mabin Carrol, Cousin Nene, Grann, Mommy, Matriarch.


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Remember all we enjoyed with them while they were alive. If you have recently lost someone you love, we hope that you will accept our condolences.

Why is having a funeral ceremony important?

Throughout human history, and around the globe, people have gathered together to acknowledge the death of a member of the community. No matter who the deceased was, a funeral ceremony is the one (and sometimes the only) opportunity for everyone to come together to acknowledge their death, recognize the community's shared loss and share the burden of grief.

What is the average cost of a funeral service?

The National Funeral Directors Association states the national median cost of a funeral details the average costs of a funeral in 2012: $7,045 (however, if a burial vault is required by the cemetery–and it usually is–the median cost can rise as high as $8,343). These statistics aside, the cost of a funeral service is wholly dependent on the specific services and products selected by the family member(s) responsible for making funeral arrangements. Your funeral director will thoroughly explain all options, ask the important questions about your family's budget restrictions; and otherwise do everything he or she can to provide you with a funeral, memorial service or celebration-of-life that meets your emotional and social needs, all the while staying in line with your financial expectations

How does the cost for a funeral ceremony compare to the cost of a memorial service or celebration-of-life?

Attempting to compare the costs of the three is rather like trying to compare oranges, mangoes and apples; it can't be done. Perhaps it's easier to see funerals, memorial services and celebrations-of-life as three points on a spectrum–a range, if you like–of ceremonial formats. At one end is the funeral; at the other, the celebration-of-life, and in the middle, the memorial service. The funeral is most commonly the most expensive of the three; which is especially easy to see when you consider the cost of the casket is a significant expense. The cost of any of the three is totally dependent on the choices you make during the arrangement conference.

Who should be invited to a funeral?

It's a lot like asking 'who should be invited to a wedding': people who would want to be there. A person's role at a funeral is two-fold: one, they are there to demonstrate support for the bereaved family. Second, funeral guests are there to tend to their own sorrow; to begin to come to terms, in the safety of a shared collective experience, with the death of someone they held dear. While it's not common to send out invitations to a funeral (generally, the service details are published in the newspaper or online, and those who wish to attend, do); it does make a certain amount of sense to reach out to certain individuals by phone, email, or social media to ensure they are aware of the service date/time (and express your desire for their presence). When preparing the guest list for a funeral service, you should both listen to your heart and use common sense. You know the people that mattered most to your loved one, as well as those who mattered least. Whatever you do, don't invite more people than the venue can comfortably handle.

Is it necessary to have flowers at the ceremony?

Flowers create a background of warmth and beauty which adds to the dignity and consolation of the funeral service. "Necessary" may not be the right word; but there's no doubt flowers at a funeral or other end-of-life ceremony serve many valuable purposes including a means of a visual expression of sympathy, love and respect or a means of lending support.

What's involved in preparing the body for viewing at a visitation or funeral?

The preparation of the deceased can involve a number of different tasks performed by trained and licensed embalmer and restorative artists. Without going into too much detail; the body is temporarily preserved by embalming, refrigeration, or a combination of the two. It is washed, dressed and otherwise groomed; then placed in the chosen casket for viewing. Should you wish to know more about the process, contact us. There are also many excellent articles online describing the process in greater detail.

If it makes people uncomfortable, why is it necessary to view the body in the casket?

Human beings are interesting creatures: sometimes we need to see in order to truly believe. It's a way of confirming the fact that, indeed, this individual is dead; but it's also an opportunity to say your "good-byes". You may find it a cathartic time where you can quietly share a long-held secret, let go of any anger or resentment, and otherwise come to terms with their death.

How can I best prepare my children to attend a funeral?

When asked this question, we like to tell people it's best done with honesty and awareness. Let them know basically what they can expect. Advise them there will be people there who will be sad and may cry openly; tell them there will be time for some people to stand up and talk about how much they loved the person (but they won't be required to do so). Let them ask all the questions they need to ask, reassure them you'll be right next to them throughout the experience. Never force them to go to a funeral, and always give them the opportunity to change their mind about attending.

What is a celebrant?

The Celebrant Foundation and Institute define celebrants as "trained professionals who believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to serve basic needs of society and the individual. The Celebrant's mission is to help the client create a ceremony that reflects his or her beliefs, philosophy of life, and personality." A life-cycle celebrant is especially valuable when a family has no religious affiliations or ties to a clergy person or minister who can officiate the funeral service, but involving a celebrant in the funeral planning process has been found to enhance the funeral experience for all concerned. "The Celebrant comes to the table with no agenda," shares the Institute's website, "and no preconceived notion of what the ceremony should or must look like. Instead, through careful interviewing, the Celebrant elicits what is meaningful for each client." If you think hiring a celebrant is the right for your family's situation, contact us for more details.

How long is a funeral service?

Simply put, "it depends on the service". Just as no two movies or novels are the same length or cover the same emotional ground; no two end-of-life ceremonies are the same.

Must I wear black to the funeral ceremony?

Black used to be the only color to wear to a funeral; but not anymore. Today things are less formal than they once were, and it's not totally uncommon for families to ask prospective guests to altogether avoid wearing black clothing. Should you have additional questions about funeral attire or etiquette, please contact us.

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