Posted On March 16th, 2011 -



Carol McCready Hartley was born February 19, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska. She died March 10, 2011 at her home in Turner’s Cove, Wilmington Island, Georgia.

Her parents were Robert Iver McCready, electrical engineer with Otis Elevator Company, and Fern Thornton McCready, homemaker.

Mrs. Hartley graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics, specialty in textiles. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Her first job was in Chicago, at Carson Pirie Scott, the city’s second largest department store, as a member of the Fashion Board, staging style shows throughout Chicago and North Shore suburbs.

She married Richard H. Voshall in 1955, divorced in 1961. She moved from Chicago to Phoenix, Arizona in 1961, went to work for Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., the following year becoming the first food editor of the afternoon paper, The Phoenix Gazette. Eventually the Food Section was among the largest in the country, up to 50 pages. At that time Phoenix was popular with food manufacturers as a test product city because it was relatively isolated population-wise.

Carol won numerous Arizona Press Women awards, also National Press Women awards. She was Arizona judge of Fleischmann Yeast awards to deserving high school girls, Arizona judge for Junior Miss contest. In 1967 she was one of 25 national food editors in Redbook magazine.

Numerous years she won the top Vesta award for excellence in food writing from the American Meat Institute.

In 1969 she was one of nine judges at the Pillsbury Bake-Off, her team of three drawing the new Refrigerated Division, and selecting the top winner. It involved rolling a marshmallow in melted butter, cinnamon and sugar, covering with a rolled Pillsbury Crescent roll, and baking it for an instant cinnamon bun. It was the start of “Pigs in Blankets”, etc. using supermarket refrigerated dough.

In 1969 and 1970 Carol was nominated by Pi Beta Phi Phoenix Alumnae Club to Professional Woman of the year for Achievement. In 1970 she entered a frozen salad recipe in a Kraft Food contest for food editors and won with Frozen Daiquiri Salad, and a trip to Brussels, Madrid, Paris and London. She won twice the Carnation Company award for nutrition writing. She judged the U.S. Men’s cooking championship and the Heublein Arizona recipe contest and the National Chicken Cooking contest.

She received “outstanding contribution”award in 1970 from Arizona Dietetic Association. The next year she was one of eight food editors invited to tour West Germany by the German Marketing Board for Agriculture. Also in 1971 she was one of ten food editors to tour Spain, hosted by the Spanish Green Olive Growers Co-Operative. In 1973 she was a guest of the Danish Consulate and Denmark Cheese Association, touring Danish food production. Also that year she hosted Tour of Netherlands and Germany, hosted by Lufthansa and American Express, open to Phoenix residents.

Carol was a charter member of Arizona Home Economists in Business, also charter member Newspaper Food Editors & Writings Association. In 1974 she was one of three national judges of Junior Miss Kraft Menu Contest. That year she was a judge at the National Pineapple Cooking Contest held in Honolulu at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

She married Joseph W. Hartley, Jr. in 1975 in her Phoenix home. They made their home on Maui for 20 years until Mr. Hartley retired in 1995 as President of Maui Land and Pineapple Co., grower and canner of fresh pineapple, sold in supermarkets as the “store brand”. The company also had the Kapalua Resort on Maui.

While on the Island Mrs. Hartley was President of both Maui Art Associations: Hui Noeau and Art Maui.

The couple then spent nine years in Seattle, where they sailed a 36-foot Blanchard Standard wooden classic boat, built in 1926. Often they used it to go north to the San Juan Islands and British Columbia. In 2004 they moved to Savannah, Georgia where in 1979 they had bought property.

The Hartleys were members of Maui Country Club, Washington Athletic Club and The Savannah Yacht Club, Georgia Historical Society and Historic Savannah.

There will be no service. She was preceded in death by her daughter Amy Thornton Voshall. She is survived by Mr. Hartley.

Her mother was one of the four bridge playing Omaha friends whom Warren Buffett approached for a small seed money investment in his dream of a company, and she said no, as she thought he was too young at the time.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran