Originally Published: September 8, 2018 8:25 p.m.
On Aug. 22, 2018, a star fell from the heavens and took away the most beautiful, loving, devoted and caring woman — CAROL MAHAKIAN-BICKART. She was 72 years, 7 months, and 12 days old. Everyone who knew her loved her.
Carol was born on Jan. 13, 1946, in Monterey Park, Los Angeles, California. Her father was George Edward Hill, and her mother was Harriet Hope Whalen.
She worked in the movie industry in Los Angeles for one of the Marshalls at Metro Goldwyn-Mayer. She was first married in Los Angeles, and from this marriage her daughter, Lauren, was born in March 1970. She would go on to work as a bank teller in order care for her daughter. She and Lauren later moved to Sedona, Arizona, where her father and mother had retired. Carol remained in Sedona for a time, but then returned to Phoenix to further her career in banking and create a stable work life and home in which to raise her daughter.
She always went out of her way with her time, talents, and loving care for everyone she knew. For a few years she went on to work for Ashley Furniture in Phoenix. Carol had a personality that was so fabulous that by the time she made a furniture sale, she would know everyone in the purchaser’s family by their first name, and it was a genuine relationship she built with them, out of her true skill and loving nature as “people person.”
She met her husband, Allen Bickart, in 1982. They lived together for 15 years, and were later married in 1997. She and her husband traveled to New Zealand to see her mother, child and beloved grandchildren. When her family moved to a different location in New Zealand, Allen and Carol sold their New Zealand home and returned to Arizona.
In early 2000, Allen and Carol bought a home in Prescott.
At first they used the home for weekend getaways. However, Carol and Allen later sold their homes and properties in Phoenix and New Zealand and made their permanent home in Prescott. Carol knew every restaurant in Prescott, and every single person who met and interacted with her loved her.
Carol was loved by a great many people in Phoenix, Prescott and beyond. Because people are coming from around the community, the state, and from as far as Israel, Canada and New Zealand, a memorial is being planned to accommodate such diverse travel plans. The event, a casual gathering where all are welcome to remember and share memories, anecdotes, and love for Carol, will take place in Prescott at El Gato Azul on Sept. 29, at 12 p.m.
The community has truly lost a loving and caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and mother to puppy Wolfie.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Homes. Please log on to www.ruffnerwakelin.com to sign Carol’s guestbook and share a memory with the family.
Information provided by survivors.