Carol Ann Yilmaz, 76, died unexpectedly on June 4, 2019, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She was born Sept. 11, 1942, in Baltimore, Md., the daughter of W. Joseph Thompson and Helen E. (Johannessen) Thompson.
Yilmaz graduated from Towson High School in 1960. After high school, she worked at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, in the Registrar’s Office. She later moved to Chevy Chase, Md., and worked in a title company in Washington, D.C., where she met Adil Yilmaz. They married in 1970 and moved to Ocean City, Md., where they raised a family and ran the notable eatery, the Golden Plate Pizza & Sub Shop on 33rd Street. There, she made many friends and served countless patrons until the early hours of each morning. Those memories and relationships were some of her fondest from Ocean City.
When Yilmaz was not enjoying the beach life, she could be found traveling with her children or one of her siblings, either on trips to visit her sister in Germany or to one of her favorite cities, such as Washington or New York. Yilmaz enjoyed the fast-paced life of those cosmopolitan areas as much as she enjoyed the serene life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Probably the most frequented place for Yilmaz was her native Baltimore, which she loved so much, and where the remainder of her siblings resided. She would wait in anticipation for many a weekend, when she could pack the car and head away from the beach, back “home” to spend time with her friends and family.
In retirement, she moved to Freeport, Maine, to live near her son and his family. There, she enjoyed a relaxed life in Maine, embodying one of the state’s slogans, “The Way Life Should Be.” Yilmaz relished being a doting grandmother to her grandson and two granddaughters, who were a great source of inspiration, energy and purpose. She loved having dinner with them, visiting them at school functions, and giving them a ride from one activity to another. She will always be affectionately known as “Grams” to them.
One of her goals was to be present for the high school graduation ceremonies of her grandchildren. Unfortunately, she was hospitalized in May, as the graduation of her first grandchild was approaching. Doctors gave the good news on Saturday, June 1: clearance to attend the June 2 graduation.
Despite being stricken with pain and discomfort, she pressed ahead with single-minded determination, unwavering willpower, iron resolve and a resolute spirit, which were her trademarks. Being at the graduation brought her immense happiness and pride, and was an untimely final highlight of her life.
Regrettably, she could not stay ahead of her illness and passed peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on Tuesday, June 4.
Another great source of pride and happiness for Yilmaz was spending time with each of her daughters in Ocean City, where they continued the family tradition of pizza and sub shops. The success they enjoyed professionally, as well as the great relationships and families they cultivated, also brought great joy. Yilmaz was also delighted by their occasional surprise visits to Maine.
Since her passing, many of her Maine neighbors began to contact the family, who were unaware, but unsurprised by the large group of friends and fans she had gathered. She was known for her big heart, strong will and assertive personality. Yilmaz liked to speak her mind, call things as she saw them, help others with more than she could often afford in time or money, and never leave a conversation stalled. She had a sense of dignity and pride, which, coupled with her determination, made for a very admirable personality. She left a great impression on her children, her friends, family and acquaintances.
In addition to her parents, Yilmaz was preceded in death by her brother, Michael W. Thompson. Surviving her are her former husband, Adil; her son, Joseph A. Yilmaz, and his wife, Jennifer, of Freeport, Maine; her daughter, Janet A. Yilmaz, and her fiancé, Chet Rohrbach, of Ocean City; three grandchildren; Joseph and Janet’s sister, Yasemin Karaman, her husband, Ali, and their two daughters, whom she loved as her own; four beloved sisters, Janice E. Thompson, Marcia T. Jakovics, Sharon J. Renner and Wendy J. Thompson, all of Baltimore, Md.; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held June 13, 2019, at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City, Md. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Robin F. Kelley Memorial Scholarship, c/o North Yarmouth Academy; 148 Main St.; Yarmouth, ME 04096. Condolences may be sent online at www.bishophastingsfh.com.