Carolyn Upton Miller
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.