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NEWBURGH – Carolyn May (Coster) Tapley, 81, went home to be with the Lord Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. She died peacefully surrounded by family and friends at home. Carolyn left a legacy of being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was born April 23, 1928, in Baltimore, to Newton and Martha Wirth Coster. She was the youngest of 11 children. After high school she attended Strayers Business College, became a legal secretary and worked for Sen. Della of Baltimore. In 1949 she married Malcolm D. Tapley, a marine engineer. They moved to Maine in 1955 and successfully ran a dairy farm for 30 years. Being the baby of such a large family and living so far away, she loved yearly visits from the Baltimore clan. Carolyn’s loving and giving nature was demonstrated in many ways. She was an active fan at all of her grandchildren’s music, art and sporting events, and volunteered at school for her grandchildren. She attended East Dixmont Community Church, where she loved her church family and was a powerful prayer warrior, which many can attest to. She was also very involved with the Hampden Academy Boosters snack shack, where everyone fondly referred to her as “Gram.” Carolyn had a passion for life and one of her great pleasures was gardening. She couldn’t wait for spring to arrive to see what the earth brought forth. A gift her friends and especially her family enjoyed was her cooking. She loved waiting on others and we wondered if she ever took time to sit down to eat. Hallmark stock will probably go down a few points as Carolyn won’t be sending out cards anymore. She always remembered birthdays, special events, graduations and maybe just a note to encourage. She will be greatly missed by all. Carolyn was predeceased by her husband, Malcolm; brothers, Newton, Gordon, Albert, Leonard and Donald; and sisters, Helen and Dorothy. Carolyn is survived by her beloved children, Marti Burke and husband, Bill, Malcolm Webb Tapley and wife, Kim, and Laura Norris and husband, Michael, all of Newburgh; and three sisters, Earlaine Simms, Myrl Herrman and Miriam Tricario, all of Baltimore. Carolyn’s greatest pride and joy were her seven grandchildren, Joshua William Burke, Andrew Tapley Burke and wife, Amanda, Nathaniel Lewis Burke, Jonathan Webb Tapley, Brian Robert Tapley, Zachary Michael Norris and her favorite granddaughter, Olivia Katherine Norris. She is also survived by special friend, “son” Robert Day; many nieces, nephews and extended family. A celebration of her life will be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at East Dixmont Community Church with Pastor Tim Boone officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to East Dixmont Community Church, care of Brenda Boone, treasurer, 577 Miles Road, Dixmont, ME 04932. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom and faith, instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household; her children arise and call her blessed. Many women do noble things but you surpass them all. Give her the reward she has earned and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. From Proverbs 31 <>

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