Carole Harman Aston, 83, died at her home in Oak Park on July 29, 2021 after a brief illness. Born on Jan. 1, 1938, in Sydney, Ohio, to Lawrence and Neva Yinger Harman, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green University and a master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of Texas. She began her teaching career at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and continued in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She worked with the YWCA in Richardson, Texas, in the mid-1960s, and continued as executive director of the Ridgeland Park YWCA until 1973. Thereafter she began a career with AARP, and was with the organization for 25 years, ending her career there in the role of state director for Illinois.
Following her retirement, she served as a docent at the Art Institute of Chicago for 10 years, and as an interpreter for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, where her expertise was dedicated to tours of Unity Temple. She also volunteered with Executive Service Corps, a nonprofit consultancy with the mission of making nonprofits successful. She served a nine-year term as member of the American Medical Technologists Board of Directors, and two terms on the board of Ten Thousand Villages, Oak Park. She was an active participant in several book and art discussion groups.
A lover of opera, literature and painting, she traveled extensively internationally throughout her life.
She was married to Carroll Aston; the marriage ended in divorce. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Richard Harman.
She is survived by her nieces, Teri Wesley, Tami Beadles, and Tonya Burnett Harman; her nephews, Chad Harman and Michael Harman; her cousin, Jean James; and numerous friends.