Caroline S. Dudley

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Caroline Smith Dudley, 95, of Salisbury, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Coastal Hospice At The Lake.

She was the daughter of the late John William Smith and Annette Whitmore Smith.

She grew up on the Smith family farm in Carroll County. She graduated from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, in 1938, majoring in music and English. During summer breaks, she waited tables at The Majestic Hotel in Ocean City, Md.

Following graduation, she taught music and French for several years before becoming a stay-at-home mother to her three children. She led the Cherub (children's) choir at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Wilmington, Del., and was a "Den Mother" for the Boy Scouts of America.

She was known for her sense of humor and interest in others. She enjoyed singing and dancing and was the pianist for Sunday services and special events at Homewood at Plum Creek in Hanover, Pa., where she lived for 20 years.

She also enjoyed playing bridge, swimming and caring for her children, grandchildren and husband, Allen R. Dudley, of more 66 years.

Surviving are children John A. Dudley and wife Diane, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Janet Dudley-Eshbach and husband Joe, of Salisbury; grandchildren Jack Dudley and wife Eve; Ed Dudley and wife Eileen; Bill Dudley; Caroline Lucas and husband Billy; Joe Eshbach; Caroline Cathell and husband Brian; a daughter-in-law Karen Dudley; and great-grandson Finian.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by son James S. Dudley.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to McDaniel College in Memory of Caroline Smith Dudley, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157 or to The Caroline Dudley Music Fund at Salisbury University, c/o The Salisbury University Foundation, 1308 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801.

Arrangements were made by Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Oct. 28, 2012
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