Caroline Chapman Lloyd, loving mother and grandmother, passed away on November 25, 2021 at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT after a brief and courageous battle with pneumonia. Caroline was born in New London, CT on December 28, 1940 and was the daughter of Howard Elias Chapman and Arlene Mina Decker. She graduated from Robert Fitch High School in 1958. In 1962 Caroline became a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Connecticut with Magna Cum Laude honors. She also received her Masters Degree from Central Connecticut State University in 1978. Caroline taught Spanish and French in Bristol, West Hartford, Windsor, South Windsor and chaperoned several trips to Europe with her students. She was Windsor High School's first women's cross country coach and served as Women's Director of the Hartford Track Club, starting the now well-established Saturday training runs. She also taught Sunday pre-school at the First Church of Christ in West Hartford for several years. Caroline ran hundreds of road races, including 5Ks,10Ks, 20Ks and half marathons. Her proudest run was a 2:06 half marathon she completed just 10 days before her beloved Don died in October 1997. She also loved her home gardens, was an avid bird watcher, delivered Meals on Wheels for many years and was a member of the Friends of Farmington Library, working many hours in the children's garden. Caroline loved her family dearly. She is survived by her daughter Jennifer McCarthy and her husband Manion of Unionville and their son Kyle of Burlington, her son Peter Rea and his wife Zika and their daughter Elyse and son Sean all of Blowing Rock, NC, as well as a great uncle Ted Sande of Cleveland Ohio and a brother, Lyle E. Chapman. There will be a private memorial service at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Caroline's name to the Juvenile Diabetes foundation , JDRF, PO BOX 37920, Boone IA 50037-0920 or the Farmington Land Trust P.O. Box 1, Farmington, CT 06034. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com
Published by Hartford Courant on Nov. 28, 2021.