Carol M. (Ferris) Heveron, 62, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Shepherd Home, Penfield, with family at her side, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was a resident of Rochester for most of her adult life, loving the city life, particularly the South Wedge community where she lived.
Born November 30, 1953, in Brockport, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Joan Jackson Ferris. She attended Brockport Central School and was a graduate of Kendall Central School. In her adult years she continued her education at area colleges and in other programs, as she always loved learning. She was an avid reader.
Carol worked for various companies during her life, valuing hard work, especially the chance to use creativity and design systems to increase productivity and save time and money. Even while employed elsewhere she engaged in framing as an avocation, pairing her love of art with an eye for color and design.
She was an artist in her own right, working with mixed media. Carol was noted for her collage framed mirrors, and most proud of her piece, “Go Fish”, selected as the 2013 poster for the Highland Park Neighborhood Association Art Show.
As important as her art, music defined Carol Heveron. She began singing as a young adult, and never stopped. She sang with her own bands, including Carol & The Impalas and the Carol Heveron Band, and with other Rochester bands as well. These included the Chinchillas, Buffalo Road, the Rumbles, Woody Dodge, Mr. Twang, Swamp Rose, and many others. She wrote many of her own songs, including one featured on the BBC.
Carol was queen of Rochester’s annual Bob Dylan’s Birthday Bash, having participated for more years than most any other artist. She recorded on several CDs, including Colorblind James, the Brian Horton tribute, and most recently Cornelius Eady’s chapbooks, Book of Hooks and Asking for the Moon. She played guitar, bass, and tambourine, but her voice was her best instrument.
Carol devoted many hours to her garden—small, but every inch planned. In 2008 she was given the Best Use of Space award in the South Wedge Garden Contest, and was very proud! Her famous houseplants were moved carefully in and out with the seasons, and shared with many.
Carol is survived by her son, Gabriel (Shari) Sloane of Irondequoit, and daughter, Margaret Heveron of Fairport; grandsons, Elijah and Christian Sloane; mother, Joan Ferris of Brooksville, Fla.; sisters, Leslie Haggstrom and Virginia Ferris, both of Angelica; nephew, John Haggstrom and nieces, Katharine (Jeff) Sherwood and Candace (Joshua) Clapp; and grand-nieces and nephew, Raygen Haggstrom, Ayden Sherwood, and Aria Clapp.
She also is survived by special friends, Erik Lacelle, Cymantha Campbell, Greg and Wendi Pierce, and Bernie Heveron, and by her beloved cats.
She was predeceased by her father, Kenneth Ferris, and her nephew, Carl Haggstrom.
A funeral service will be held April 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Angelica, with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Crowell, pastor, officiating, followed by interment in Until the Day Dawn Cemetery, Angelica.
A musical celebration of Carol’s life will be held Saturday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m. for friends and family at Abeline Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Shepherd Home, www.shepherdhome.org, a nonprofit private hospice home, which provided loving care during the last month of her life.
Arrangements are under the direction of Brown & Powers Funeral Home, Angelica.