While Caroline lay in her hospital bed recuperating, she was nearly felled by a murder-minded Vivian Alamain, who was out to paint Dr. Carly Manning as an Angel of Mercy. A decade later, Caroline was one of eight Salemites whose deaths were staged by Andre DiMera.
In 2010, Caroline admitted to Chloe Lane that she had interfered with a test that would determine if Philip Kiriakis or Daniel Jonas was the father of Chloe’s son Parker. Although she knew her actions were wrong, Caroline’s reasoning was that she did not want to see another child raised by the destructive influence wrought by the Kiriakis clan.
Two years later, Caroline began to have troubling memory lapses and soon exhibited all the classics signs of Alzheimer’s. She and Bo left Salem and headed to California where an experimental drug was being tested on patients in the early stages of the disease.
After much trial and error, it was discovered that Caroline was actually suffering from another ailment that mimicked Alzheimer’s and a cure was eventually administered – thanks in part to Victor – but Caroline did continue to have small memory setbacks.
When Caroline was asked to speak at her great-grandson’s wedding – to future husband Jackson “Sonny” Kiriakis – she began by telling a story about “Robert” and “James” which initially upset the audience who feared she was having a setback.
However, what transpired was a poignant tale about a homosexual couple that Caroline and Shawn had become friendly with and whom she witnessed having to hide their sexuality and partnership to appease James’s family.
“So, when Will and Sonny came to me… I said to myself ‘hallelujah!’ Because this is a world where we can really know who our precious boys are and they can really love each other and be who they are.”
When Will flatlined in his hospital bed and it seemed that he was poised to ascend to “the other side,” a vision of Caroline halted his progress and he was guided into an ethereal replica of the Brady Pub – the successor to the Brady Fishmarket. There, Caroline informed him that it wasn’t “his time” and that he needed to return to his family.
Upon waking, Will’s story was initially dismissed as a comforting dream since his great grandmother was still alive and well. However, right outside Will’s room, Roman was in the midst of being informed that Caroline had passed away. Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.