Carolyn Up­ton Miller

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Carolyn Up­ton Miller (nee Alice Carolyn Up­ton), beloved wife, mother, and grand­mother, went to be with her Lord on Sept. 4, 2016. She passed away at Com­pass Re­gional Hospice in Cen­ter­ville, due to Alzheimer’s-re­lated com­pli­ca­tions. She was 81.

Born in Brook­lyn, Md., she was the daugh­ter of the late Calvert A. Up­ton and Alice R. Up­ton. She is sur­vived by her hus­band of 60 years, Don­ald L. Miller; her chil­dren, Mark D. (Kelly), Jen­nifer C., and Matthew U. Miller; her brother, Calvert A. Up­ton II (El­iz­a­beth), grand­chil­dren, Ash­ley, Brit­tany, Ian, Maya, Ethan, Se­lah, Oralee, Noa, Al­lis­tair, and Hud­son; and five great­grand­chil­dren, Made­line, Liam, Aliya, Jack­son and Dakota.

She was a lov­ing and car­ing wife, mother, grand­mother and friend. She will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched.

In ad­di­tion to her de­vo­tion to her fam­ily, Carolyn had a re­mark­able gift for mu­sic. At a young age, she learned to play the pi­ano, which com­pli­mented her beau­ti­ful so­prano voice. As an adult, she reg­u­larly sang in her church choirs and recitals.

Carolyn grad­u­ated from Glen Burnie High School in 1952 and from Tow­son State Teach­ers Col­lege (now Tow­son Univer­sity) in 1956. She earned a Bach­e­lor of Science in Ele­men­tary Ed­u­ca­tion. Dur­ing her time at Tow­son, she sang in the Stu­dent Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion Choir.

Her first teach­ing as­sign­ment was at Ch­ester­town Ele­men­tary in Ch­ester­town. She also held a teach­ing po­si­tion at Mar­ley Ele­men­tary School be­fore be­ing se­lected as a can­di­date for Vice Prin­ci­pal at North Glen Burnie Ele­men­tary School. In or­der to be home with her chil­dren while they were young, she stopped teach­ing. Later, she was a sub­sti­tute teacher at In­dian Creek Ele­men­tary School then be­came the school’s mu­sic teacher. She re­tired from teach­ing in the late 1980s.

Com­bin­ing her pas­sion and love of chil­dren, teach­ing and his­tory, she started An­other Tyme after re­tire­ment. Her suc­cess­ful busi­ness pro­vided nurs­ery rhyme pre­sen­ta­tions for young chil­dren, where she brought var­i­ous char­ac­ters to life, in­clud­ing Mother Goose. She was also a tour guide for His­toric Annapolis in the 1980s.

Dur­ing their mar­ried life, Carolyn and Don moved to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out the coun­try as a re­sult of new job op­por­tu­ni­ties and pro­mo­tions, in­clud­ing: Michi­gan, New York City, New Jersey, and Con­necti­cut be­fore re­turn­ing to Mary­land and rais­ing their fam­ily in Millersville.

A view­ing for Carolyn was held Wed­nes­day Sept. 7, 2016, at the Fel­lows, Helfen­bein & New­nam Funeral Home in Cen­tre­ville. Her funeral ser­vice took place at 11 a.m. Thurs­day, Sept. 8, at the Cen­tre­ville United Methodist Church in Cen­tre­ville. Burial fol­lowed in Ch­ester­field Ceme­tery in Cen­tre­ville.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be pro­vided to Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, 255 Comet Drive, Cen­ter­ville, MD 21617 or Cen­tre­ville United Methodist Church Mu­sic Depart­ment, 608 Church Hill Road, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617.

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