Obituary: F. Carolyn (Hunter) Muir
WASHINGTON, DC – Carolyn (Hunter) Muir, 87, of Litchfield, died Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in Washington, DC of unspecified progressive dementia
Carolyn was born on June 12, 1933 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Earl W. and Lida (Warring) Hunter. She attended public schools in Baltimore and was a member of the Gatch Memorial United Methodist Church. At 14, Carolyn moved to Queens, NY, where she graduated from Andrew Jackson High School.
Carolyn graduated from Wittenberg College (Ohio) in 1955 (BA in mathematics). Her career in Manhattan as a researcher and research project manager spanned 12 years at AC Nielsen, Mutual Broadcasting Systems, Perkins/General Foods Company, and finally in the research division of Handy Associates, a recruitment firm.
After marrying Ross Lyle Muir in 1966, she devoted herself to family, church and community. As a deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church, Carolyn taught Sunday School in New York City, Basking Ridge, NJ, and Topsham. She has been involved in many causes including prison reform, anti-gambling efforts and immigrant English proficiency. Carolyn was also an active PTA member and school volunteer and was deeply involved in the education and welfare of children.
Extremely loyal, extremely curious, and exceptionally hardworking, Carolyn used her skills for the benefit of her family, church, and community. Viewing citizenship as a privilege, she pursued issues and participated publicly and privately with a tendency to make short-term sacrifices for long-term societal gains.
Highlights of life included a tour of Europe and the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958, time with her family in the Berkshires in the 1970s, and a trip around the world with her husband in 1990. Carolyn and Ross followed suit in 1992 Litchfield returned to where she lived and welcomed Maine’s culture and people, especially her kind and generous neighbors and fellow church members, and threw herself into developing the facilities and programs of the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church in Topsham.
Predeceased by her husband Ross (1921-2003); her sister Betty (Hunter) Roche (1931-2020); her stepson Bryce L. Muir (1946-2005); and her niece Betty (Duperry) Flynn (1949-2020).
Carolyn’s survivors include her sister, Barbara (Hunter) Peterec, and her husband, Lawrence, of Newcomb, NY; their sons Ross Lyle Muir Jr. of Washington DC and Ian Hunter Muir and his wife Susan of London, UK; her daughter-in-law Peggy Muir of Bowdoinham; their nephews Steven Peterec and his wife Angela of East Lyme, Conn. and Richard Peterec and his partner Elizabeth of New Paltz, NY, their nieces Cathy (Duperry) Green and husband Jim of Bridgeville, Delaware, and Diane (Peterec) Reynolds and her husband Robert of Dana Point, California; her granddaughter Hope, her grandsons Seth, Kai and Bryce; her great-grandchildren Silas and Luca; her grandnephews Jeff and Bobby and grandnieces Beth, Allyson, Kelly, Erin and Emma; her great-grandnephew Myles and her great-grannies Juliette and Adèle.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday 13th August at Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church in Topsham. family contact: [email protected].
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