Beatrice Carpenter Carley
Born in East Hampton, the daughter of the late John and Catherine Carpenter, she had been a Black Rock resident for most of her life. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York, her career as a dietitian spanned many years. She worked in the dietary departments at Griffin Hospital in Derby and Bridgeport Hospital, finally retiring as director of dietary services at Park City Hospital in Bridgeport.
A member of Black Rock Congregational Church in Fairfield, she was a deaconess for more than 80 years and, until her death, was the oldest living member of the church. Her family and her church were primary in her life.
Survivors include four sons, Bruce Carley and his wife, Joan, of Shelton, Seth Carley and his wife, Patricia, of Trumbull, Tim Carley and his wife, Jane, of New Fairfield and Ross Carley and his wife, Geri, of Newtown; two daughters-in-law, Adrienne Carley of Fairfield and Suzanne Carley of New Fairfield; a sister, Marilyn McEachern of Bridgeport; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Neal Carley and Jay Carley, and two brothers, Eldridge Carpenter and Hubert Carpenter.
Calling hours are Monday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road. The Rev. James Marshall and the Rev. Stanley Allaby will officiate a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be private in Oak Lawn Cemetery. A memorial service will take place at Black Rock Congregational Church at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Young at Heart Group, c/o Black Rock Congregational Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825.
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