Winterport - Carolyn M. Grant, 92, of Winterport, died peacefully at home on April 27, 2022. Carolyn grew up on a farm in East Bethel, Maine, daughter of Leslie A. and Bernice Haines Noyes.
She was a graduate of Gould Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics followed by a master’s degree in elementary education, both from the University of Maine. In addition to teaching school, she was a Girl Scout leader, Maine Master Gardener and Sunday school teacher. Carolyn instilled her love of nature and gardening in all who spent time with her. She loved taking walks in the woods and fields surrounding her house and answering questions about the natural world. Carolyn’s children and grandchildren feel a special connection to nature after being inspired by her endless knowledge and passion for it. She wrote about nature and gardening and occasionally published her work. Carolyn enjoyed birdwatching, identifying animal tracks, and collecting and identifying specimens of wild plants such as ferns, mosses and fungi. She grew a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and indoor plants and propagated wildflowers and trees from seeds she gathered.
Carolyn was an expert seamstress who sewed all her own clothes and a number of quilts, including several for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with wildlife scenes of her own design. As a former educator and avid reader, Carolyn promoted the importance of education by gifting her granddaughters with college tuition.
Carolyn is survived by her husband of 68 years, Conrad Grant; her daughters and sons-in-law, Priscilla and Marty Jackson, who lovingly cared for her in her last years, Alice Grant and Matthew Faulkner, and Elsie Grant and Michael Karweit; three granddaughters, Mandy, Courtney and Marcy; and four great-grandchildren, Simon, James, Danny and Vincent. She is also survived by her sister, Marilyn R. Noyes Mollicone, and a niece, Nina, and nephew, Phillip. Carolyn’s family is grateful to Beacon Hospice and especially to Gail McCarthy for her care and compassion.
A private family gathering will be held later this spring to celebrate Carolyn’s life. Arrangements trusted to Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. Messages and memories may be shared with her family on the tribute wall of kileyandfoley.com.