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Carolyn F. York, 87, formerly of Derry, N.H., passed away in Branford, Conn., June 14, 2017. She was born May 14, 1930, in Bristol, Pa., to the late Harry and Fannie Focht. She was the beloved wife for 57 years to the late Donald York. Carolyn was a diploma graduate of Deaconess Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., and worked in a variety of positions as a registered nurse until her retirement. She was a member of the Londonderry Methodist Church and active with the Jubilee "girls." Carolyn enjoyed RV travel throughout the US with her husband and camping weekends with the Good Sam's Club. An avid quilter and crafter she spent countless hours in her special sewing room built by her husband. What she made with her hands, she gave with her heart, creating beautiful quilts her family will treasure and winning several ribbons. Carolyn's custom sweatshirts were a wardrobe staple and she enjoyed sharing her talents with others. Her favorite role in life was that of mother. She often remarked that if she had one wish it would be to go back in time and hold each of her children again as newborns. She is survived by her four children, Gwen (Thomas) Thompson of East Haven, Conn., David W. York of South Carolina, Lyle of Florida, and Wayne (Winnie) of Virginia; grandchildren, Phillip (Latisha) Cummings and Lindsay (Chris) Gay of South Carolina; and four great-grandchildren, Kayla, Jaden, Emersyn and Alexandria; and many friends. She was predeceased by a brother, Erwin. The family wishes to thank the staff at The Hearth at Gardens idea and Vitas Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929. www.northhavenfuneral.com.
Published on  June 22, 2017
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