BRADFORD - A longtime resident of Bradford, Carolyn Chapin Sanborn, 83, passed away peacefully Sept. 28, 2012, at Valley Terrace, Wilder, after living many years with Alzheimer's.
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Carolyn was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Hanover, N.H., the daughter of Orrin S. and Alice (DeGoosh) Chapin. Carolyn graduated from Orford High School in 1947, as valedictorian. Carolyn met her husband, Richard H. Sanborn, at a dance at Lake Morey Casino, and they were married the following summer, June 21, 1947. After living in South San Gabriel, Calif., they returned to the Upper Valley to raise their family. They operated a family plumbing and heating business for 30 years on South Pleasant Street in Bradford, where one of Carolyn's many roles included bookkeeping. After her husband's death in 1980, she worked as a bookkeeper for Nichol's Hardware in Lyme, N.H., and JM Landscaping in Bradford. Carolyn sold Fuller Brush door to door for more than 20 years and joked about being the Fuller Brush Man. She volunteered for several years through the Bradford Senior Center, as a trained IRS volunteer for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program.
She was an accomplished seamstress making a wide variety of items, including her daughters' wedding gowns. Carolyn enjoyed walking her two-mile route around Bradford village in all seasons, rarely missing her morning jaunt in 20 years. She enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. Winter was her favorite season; she eagerly awaited the first snowfall. She enjoyed ice skating and sledding with her children and grandchildren.
Carolyn is survived by her five children, a son, Cedric Sanborn, and his wife, Leslie, of Barre, and four daughters, Jane Svetaka, of White River Junction, Suzanne Pazdro and her husband, Russ, of Corinth, Darcy Keysor, of Richton Park, Ill., and Daphne Nettleship and her husband, Kenneth, of Turner, Maine; 10 grandchildren, Jeremy, Jamie and Peter Svetaka, Christopher, Jonathan and Timothy Sanborn, Olesia and Averill Pazdro, and Mitchell and Nichole Keysor; three great-grandchildren, Ryan Sanborn, Caleb Fisher and Isha Keysor; and also several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, parents, two brothers, Orrin and Conrad Chapin, and sister Ruth Royce.
The family would like to convey a special thanks to the wonderful staff at Valley Terrace for the love and attention they have shown Carolyn.
A graveside service for friends and family will be held at the Sawyer Cemetery, Bradford, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. In honor of Carolyn's free spirit, we ask all in attendance to wear something red. Immediately following the service, there will be a celebration of her life at the home of her daughter Suzie Pazdro in Corinth.
In lieu of flowers to honor her love of reading and learning, donations can be made to the Bradford Public Library, P.O. Box 619, Bradford, VT 05033.
The Hale Funeral Home of Bradford is in charge of arrangements. To view an online guestbook go to www.halefuneralhomes.com.
Published in Times Argus on Oct. 5, 2012