Carol Martin

Carol Martin, 72, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Service Information:

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 5, at lake Shore Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 6, at Lake Shore Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in Rosemound Cemetery.

(Due to current COVID 19 mandates, LIMITED seating will be available). 


Carol was born in Waco on January 29, 1948 to L.A. and Dorothy Scarborough. Carol attended Waco schools and was a 1966 graduate of University High School. After graduation, she attended Sam Houston State College as a journalism major. In 1968, she married Don Martin of Houston and welcomed their daughter, Traci Ann, in 1969 and son, Damon Martin in 1971.

Carol’s work career spanned from a substitute teacher at her children’s elementary school to Payroll Manager for major corporations of Houston. In 1996, she was President of the Texas Payroll Conference. Carol joined MMI National Corporation in 2006 as Payroll Manager. All through her life and career, she made so many friends across the United States. Carol retired this past June.

Carol loved her family and friends and enjoyed life to the fullest. Some of her pastime was spent doing ceramics, reading, writing and coming back to Waco often. In 2016, she attended her 50th High School Reunion, catching up with old friends. Thanks to social media she was in close contact with so many of her lifelong friends. Three very close friends, Emily Kapavik Cates, Judy Claverie Kucko and David Sautte “L&LF” have remained in her heart.

Carol had two close neighbors that she cherished for many years, June and Amy. Carol’s adopted sister, Carol T, as we refer to her as was a co-worker and a very close friend for 28 years. Also, “Greg” whom she shared many lunches with over the years was another good friend. Several years ago, she found another true friend, “Ricky”. Ricky has been her rock recently. Thank you Ricky!!!

I think we are seeing a pattern. Carol was a rare jewel, looking at the positive side, caring about others and a nurturing soul. She touched many people via phone or words with friends. She has left a hole in so many of us. As a Christian, we know she is now with her family watching down on us to make sure we dot all the “I’s” and cross all the “T’s” in her obituary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, L.A. and Dorothy Scarborough; and siblings, Louis A. Scarborough, Ronnie Scarborough and Jo Ann Adams.

Survivors include daughter, Traci Ann Laberto and husband, Steve, of Round Rock; son, Damon Richard Martin and wife, Karen of The Woodlands; granddaughters, Evelyn Rios and husband, Mikeal Rios of Round Rock, Sydney Martin of The Woodlands and Kaitlyn Martin of The Woodlands; sister, Lynda McCown of Waco; sister-in-law, Angela Scarborough; and several nieces, nephews and her beloved dog, Abby.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

Print Obituary & Condolences Print Obituary & Condolences

Condolence Messages

  1. We will miss your smiles, laugh, stories, and of course your “Texas Big Hair” that you and Keny joked about whenever we saw you. You will always be in our thoughts. Our condolences and prayers for your family. Big heavenly hugs to you. Keny and Kay Tucker

  2. Carol I am going to miss you. My heart is broken! God has called home one of his best! He picked a good flower! You brought out the best in me and my daughter and for that we will never forget you! I will keep your family in my prayers! Love you Varol!

  3. You were a true friend. Going to love and miss you always. My love and prayers to Carol’s family 🙏❤️

  4. Emily Kapavik Cates

    Oh Lynda, this makes my heart ache; however, I will always have the fond, fun, and memorable times with my very good friend. I know your grieving is rare now, but a time will come when thoughts of Carol will bring a smile to your face, not a year to your eyes.

  5. I will miss you SO MUCH!!! I met Carol some 5 or 6 years ago which she started as my client than formed very quickly into a friendship over the years.

    I will miss you dearly my friend.

    Sending prayers to the family and friends

  6. Carol was such a warm, caring person. I enjoyed working with her at MMI….condolences to her extended family, I know she will be missed by all

  7. Brigitte Sandifer

    To all of Carol’s Family with the deepest Sympathy I’m wishing you peace and I share your sorrow.
    She was one of the Payroll Queens who on occasion have a weekend Luncheon. We will miss her and speak of her fondly.

    Brigitte Sandifer

  8. Carol was a dear friend. She always put others before herself – going out of her way to help people.
    I take solace in the words of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore: “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”
    May her soul Rest in Eternal Peace. Amen.

  9. I miss you my friend. I am sure going to miss us having coffer together over the phone Saturday mornings. No one can ever have a better friend than you. Love you my precious friend. My prayers are with your family and Abby.

  10. Gayla Baechtold

    Carol was an amazing lady! She was so thoughtful and such a kind soul. She will be truly missed! I will always cherish the breakfasts that we shared every morning when we both worked in the office. She is my Christmas spirit – we both loved the holiday. I’m still in shock that she is gone but warms my heart to know that she will be safe in God’s arms and reunited with her mother. I do plan on attending her funeral. Blessings to all of Carol’s family.

  11. I started at MMI around the same time as Carol and we worked very close together over the years. I share your grief and pain. She was a very special person and will be missed by all.

  12. Carol was my Birthday Buddy and we would always see who could email each other first on January 29th. She always bet me. I will miss our talks about family and life, and this January 29th will just not be the same without hearing from her. Thank you for the memories Carol, I love you! You will be missed by so many, thank you for taking care of your MMI family for so many years.
    -Teresa Maxwell

  13. Patricia Ytuarte-Gomez

    Carol was such a sweet person. She will be missed and my condolences to her family.

  14. Dr. David Sautte'

    My heart is breaking💔. When we were young teenagers, she was my first love. Our friendship lasted throughout the next 50+ years. Carol’s heart was full of the purest love for others. The Scarborough family was always there for me as a wayward teenager. All my love to Carol and Lynda, both my adopted sisters. L&LF, Dave Sautte

  15. 'Be' Brenda Lopez

    Carol will be missed…
    My experience with Carol Martin was always very positive. She did remember details and ensured that the paychecks where done correctly. But most importantly she did it with a “SMILE” that you could hear over the phone. She took great pride in making sure that she took CARE of the problems that she found and she always answered her phone. As busy as she was she was always cheerful. Rest in Peace and my condolences for her friends, colleagues and FAMILY.

  16. Ms. Carol was the first person I met when I started at MMI. She was so caring and always nice. She would always tell me about her Christmas trees and how she loved the holidays. She would keep her tree up year round because she loved looking at it and it was so festive. I will miss you greatly. My condolences to the Martin family. Your mother was a wonderful person. We will be praying for you.

  17. While I did not meet Carol in person, we did exchange phone calls, emails and messages. She was always warm and friendly to me, even if I tried to move the payroll needle to my benefit.

    My condolences to family and friends.

  18. Ramiro Aguilera

    Carol was always happy to help out with our payroll needs and would always have a story to tell or an encouraging word. A lady of much faith and was obvious she had such great love for the Lord. She will be missed and prayers for the family.

  19. I was devastated when I learned of the passing of this wonderful, full of life, soul Carol is. She has touch my heart as a way of a mother that I have not had in over 12 years, I feel like I have lost a mother again. . To Carol’s family your are all in my prayers.

  20. I will miss Carol greatly. She was always happy, friendly and sincere. She always wanted me to send my vacation pictures to her so she could vacation vicariously. I hope in her new life she will get to see and experience all the amazing things she didn’t on earth. My condolences to her family and friends during this moment of grief.

  21. Carol was a dear friend and I miss our morning talks at the office. She will be missed by all that knew her! Love you my dear sweet friend until we meet again. Prayers for the family.

  22. Carol is a wonderful soul. I’m honored to have known her. She was a dear friend and an amazing person. I will miss her so much.

  23. Amanda Parlangeli

    My sincerest condolences for your loss. Carol was such a wonderful person whose AMAZING spirit and kind heart impacted all those around her. I have been truly blessed and grateful to call her my dear friend and to have had the pleasure of working with her. It was always wonderful to see her beautiful smile, which could only be eclipsed by the size of her heart. May God grant you his peace and comfort during this difficult time. I am relieved to know that she will forever rest in God’s warm embrace.

  24. Carol was a shining star. Her emails and calls always brightened your day. Our loss is heavens gain. God speed Carol.

  25. Carol always had a kind word for everyone. A great co-worker and a wonderful person. She will be missed. Condolences to the family.

  26. Your family is in my heart and prayers during this difficult time. Carol was one of my dearest friends and I treasure our moments together. We started at MMI around the same time and quickly became confidants. I have so many sweet memories of our long talks of family, work, Elvis, Scentsy, Mary Kay, the color purple, the love of sweets, and the love of God. She was my sounding board on many occasions and always had the right words to lift me up on those tough days. May you find peace in knowing that she is in God’s presence and we will see her again soon. She’s likely decorating her beautiful mansion, catching up with friends and family gone before, and basking in the greatness of God’s glory. In many ways, I’m jealous. I’ll love and miss you my sweet friend! See you soon!

  27. Sherry Tetreault

    She was such a sweet soul, always thinking of others and being available any time. I will truly miss her.

  28. We will all miss Carol very much. She was a friend to so many and a wonderful person. My heart goes out to her family and friends who are suffering through her loss.

  29. Kristy Strange-Hearld

    Carol was a great person whom I adored working and being friends with. She always had such sweet and caring words to share. I was so fortunate to have gotten to know her over the years. My sincere condolences to her family and friends during this most difficult of times.

  30. So Sorry for you loss. Carol was one of the nicest people I’ve known. She helped me so much at a time where I really needed her kindness and compassion so I will never forget her. She was awesome and always so friendly and helpful. She was definitely be missed. Blessing and prayers to Carol’s family. Losing a loved one is also hard but knowing she was saved and going to heaven gives you consolation in your loss.

  31. Carol was a warm and generous person. She will be greatly missed. There were so many times that her positive approach helped me. It was a great pleasure working with her and knowing her. My deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one.

  32. Carol was my best friend and sister for 28+ years. She was a compassionate person who always looked at the positive side of a situation. Carol loved her family, Elvis, her dog Abby and Christmas, leaving her tree up year round so she could enjoy the lights. She touched so many people with her kindness and generosity. The world lost a jewel but Heaven gained an angel. Prayers for the family. I am going to miss you. TOC

  33. Carol and I go back to Proler International and later to MMI. I enjoyed working with her, talking to her and just being a friend. I will miss calling her and just catching up with life. She always called me “Boss” and this was very special to me. I am praying that God will comfort her family and friends in this time of loss.

  34. It was such a blessing working with Carol all these years at MMI. She brought positivity and kindness into every situation. Condolences to all her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  35. Emily Kapavik Cates

    Lynda, the obituary and video are such a beautiful tribute to Carol. She will be sorely missed.

  36. Carol was such a beautiful soul. I worked with her at MMI her entire career. She was the kindest, most considerate person. She always wanted to make sure people were taken care of. We talked about her retirement and communicated after she’d left. I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  37. Kathy (Horn) Powell

    I so loved you being a part of my family from the moment you were born. You were precious to Doris and “Uncle Kermit” Bill Horn (my parents). Circumstances caused us to drift apart. But am so thankful that we were able to reconnect a few years ago. My heart aches that we did not get the opportunity to meet again in person. You will always be in my heart. Love you.

  38. I’m saddened by the loss of one of the best friends anyone could ever have. Carol was a person filled with joy and love. She always had a positive attitude. Carol loved life. She was devoted to excellence in all that she did. I was looking forward to visiting with her after she had recuperated from her knee surgery. I’m so sorry that I won’t be able to share time with her again. I’m sure you are enjoying heaven, Carol. You have reunited with all those who have gone before you. How thrilling for them. Rest in peace, Sweet Friend. I love you!

Leave Your Condolence


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.