CAROLYN V. PAGE

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CAROLYN VAUGHN PAGE  

Passed away peacefully at home in Silver Spring, MD on September 16, 2012, after a brief illness. Born Margaret Carolyn Vaughn in Atlanta, GA on July 7, 1929 and named after her paternal aunt, Carolyn chose to be called by her middle name throughout her life. She graduated from Druid Hills High School in Atlanta in 1946, worked briefly as a secretary for the Presbyterian Church, and joined Eastern Airlines in 1951. Although it was common at the time to use the term "stewardess" to describe her position, Carolyn disliked that term and always corrected people, saying she was a "Flight Attendant". She was very proud of her job and received many accolades and compliments on her smile, helpfulness, and good nature. Unfortunately, Eastern did not permit married women to work as Flight Attendants, and when she met the love of her life, Lewis F. Page, she left the airline in 1953 to marry.
 
With marriage came relocation to New York State and Carolyn began raising a family. She was a doting wife and mother who always put her family first. She crafted many birthday parties, learned how to cook on camping trips, and chauffeured her children to the swimming pool, music lessons, shopping, or social outings. She was a talented seamstress and made clothes for her daughter, as well as for herself. Always stylish, she wore the popular fashions of the day, with matching handbags and shoes. She was equally comfortable in slacks and sneakers at a cookout. Gentle and charming, she was liked by all and never spoke ill of others.
 
In later years Carolyn enjoyed traveling with her husband Lew on cruises, and visiting Las Vegas, Hawaii, Spain, Germany, and Ireland. Together they enjoyed square dancing. She became an accomplished swimmer and participated in the Maryland Senior Olympics. Carolyn loved all animals and her cat Sadie was a constant companion. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Page of Bar Harbor, ME; her son, David Page of Jacksonville, FL; and her husband of 59 years, Lewis Page of Silver Spring, MD. A memorial service will be held at Riderwood Retirement Community in Silver Spring, MD on a future date. Contributions in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, www.alzfdn.org.


Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 18, 2012
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