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CARPENTER, Carolyn CAROLYN MALONE CARPENTER Carolyn Malone Carpenter, (née Lucy Carolyn Malone), age 95, of Atlanta, passed away on June 11, 2013. Carolyn was born on September 2, 1917 in Cincinnati, OH to James Comer Malone and Emma Josephine Kirkup Malone. Having moved to Atlanta as a young child, Carolyn attended high school at North Avenue Presbyterian School (now The Westminster Schools) and received the honor of being named Miss NAPSonia and, more recently, received the Westminster Alumni Achievement Award. She earned her B.A. degree from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, where she was voted Miss Wesleyan. In addition to being a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother (called "Appy" by her grandchildren), she was actively involved in many organizations in the Atlanta community. Her church, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, was dearest to her heart. In addition to many years of teaching the kindergarten Sunday School class, Carolyn was the first woman to serve as Chair of the Administrative Board. She was also a past President of the United Methodist Women, and was a member of several Sunday School classes and the Friday Morning Prayer Group. Carolyn lived her faith each day. "Now what can I be doing for you?" was a part of almost every conversation Carolyn had with those she loved throughout her life. Carolyn had major leadership roles in many organizations, including Hillside, Junior League of Atlanta, Atlanta Arts Alliance, Atlanta Opera Guild, The Frazer Center, Wesleyan College Alumni Association, YWCA, Atlanta Symphony Guild, Druid Hills Garden Club and the Chatta-Ridge Garden Club. She was also involved in many of the activities and committees at Lenbrook Square where she lived for over 8 years. A love of music was instilled in Carolyn at an early age. She was an accomplished pianist and organist. She played the piano for Sunday School classes from the time she was nine years old. She was an opera enthusiast and avid supporter, attending each of the Metropolitan Opera's springtime performances at the Fox Theatre and continuing her support when the Atlanta Opera was formed. Those of her children fortunate enough to accompany her to a performance were encouraged to read the libretto and to have listened to the opera ahead of time. Carolyn grew up in a family with a passion for games and competition. She loved Mahjong, bridge and especially tennis, which she played into her 80s. Her subtle sense of humor, poise and solid devotion to her friends and family will always be remembered and treasured as her legacy. Carolyn was predeceased by her husband, John Wallace Carpenter, her sister Mary Malone Martin of Wilmington, DE and her brother, James Comer Malone, Jr. of Birmingham, AL. She is survived by her two sisters, Dorothy M. Yates of Atlanta and Dr. Sarah M. Schulz of Marianna, FL; her sister-in-law, Jane White Malone of Birmingham, AL; her five children: Lucy Vance (Bill), Atlanta; Josie Carlyle (Sam), Atlanta; Rebecca McCune (Walker), Atlanta; John Carpenter (Sally), Atlanta; and Jim Carpenter (Gayle), Canton, GA. Additional survivors include 11 grandchildren: Alec Vance (Christy Wood), New Orleans; William Vance (Dr. Nicole Liddon), Decatur, GA; Dr. Carolyn Vance Gordon (Don), Colorado Springs, CO; Dr. Matt Carlyle (Dr. Lisa Koenig), Monterey, CA; Andy Carlyle, Atlanta; Maggie McCune Fuller (Ross), Smyrna, GA; Josephine McCune, Atlanta; Dr. Sara Louise Carpenter, Atlanta; Rebecca Carpenter Kennedy (Zach), Atlanta; Mary Carpenter, Atlanta; and Jonathan Carpenter, Woodstock, GA and 10 great grandchildren: Will and Ellie Vance, Decatur, GA; Grace, Joshua and Hannah Gordon, Colorado Springs, CO; Kate, Jacob and Nathaniel Carlyle, Monterey, CA; and Michael and Carolyn Fuller, Atlanta. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for all the devotion and attention so lovingly given by her caregivers and helpers Robin Law, Nancy Lindsey, Dwight Allen and the ladies of the Menders staff (Bernice Young, Caroline North, Carlotta Moss and Betty Armstrong). Additionally, the family would like to thank the Visiting Nurse Health System Hospice staff for their expert care and compassion. A memorial service and celebration of Carolyn's life will be held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM with a reception following. Those who wish to make contributions in memory of Carolyn may do so to Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA, 30305.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from June 15 to June 17, 2013
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