Obituary: F. Carolyn (Hunter) Muir

F. Carolyn (Hunter) Muir

WASHINGTON, DC – Carolyn (Hunter) Muir, 87, of Litchfield, died of unspecified progressive dementia on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in Washington, DC

Born June 12, 1933, in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of the late Earl W. and the late Lida (Warring) Hunter, Carolyn attended Baltimore public schools and was a member of Gatch Memorial United Methodist Church. At age 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 department of Handy Associates, an executive search firm.

After marrying Ross Lyle Muir in 1966, she devoted herself to family, church and community. A deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church, Carolyn has taught Sunday school in New York, Basking Ridge, NJ and Topsham. She has been involved in many causes, including prison reform, anti-gambling efforts, and immigrant English literacy. Carolyn was also an active member of the PTA and a school volunteer and was very passionate about the education and welfare of children.

Carolyn was intensely loyal, extremely curious and exceptionally industrious and she applied her skills for the benefit of family, church and community. Viewing citizenship as a privilege, she followed issues and participated publicly and privately with a bias in favor of short-term sacrifices for long-term societal gains.

Life highlights included a trip through 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 retired to Litchfield in 1992 where she embraced the culture and people of Maine, especially her kind and generous neighbors and fellow parishioners, embarking on developing the facilities and programs of the Presbyterian Church of the mid coast at Topsham.

Predeceased by her husband, Ross (1921-2003); his sister, Betty (Hunter) Roche (1931-2020); his stepson, Bryce L. Muir (1946-2005); and his niece, Betty (Duperry) Flynn (1949-2020).

Carolyn’s survivors include her sister, Barbara (Hunter) Peterec and her husband Lawrence of Newcomb, NY; his sons Ross Lyle Muir Jr. of Washington DC and Ian Hunter Muir and his wife Susan of London, UK; his daughter-in-law, Peggy Muir of Bowdoinham; his nephews Steven Peterec and his wife Angela of East Lyme, Conn. and Richard Peterec and his partner Elizabeth of New Paltz, NY, his nieces, Cathy (Duperry) Green and her husband Jim of Bridgeville, Del., and Diane (Peterec) Reynolds and her husband Robert of Dana Point, California; his granddaughter, Hope, his grandsons Seth, Kai and Bryce; his great-grandsons Silas and Luca; his grandnephews Jeff and Bobby, and his grandnieces Beth, Allyson, Kelly, Erin and Emma; his great-grandnephew Myles and his great-grandnieces Juliette and Adèle.

A memorial is planned at Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church in Topsham on Saturday August 13. [email protected].

F. Carolyn (Hunter) Muir

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