Thursday, September 24, 2020


Carolyn Crawshaw Stapleton



Carolyn Crawshaw Stapleton died on July 23 at Connecticut Hospice, after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Robert A. Smith of Guilford; her two daughters Candy McKay of South Windsor, and Lucy Stapleton of Palo Alto, California; and her five grandchildren, Natalie Krebs, Benjamin Krebs, Calvin Crady, Clinton Crady, and Magnolia Crady. She also leaves behind an extended family in England, Madison, and Florida.

Carolyn was born during WWII in Manchester, England, and she emigrated to Connecticut in 1969. She raised her daughters in Guilford and had a successful career at the Connecticut Department of Labor, helping to place at-risk youth into employment opportunities through Job Corps. She also taught yoga, and loved to swim, play bocce, and hula dance. She spent her winters in Boynton Beach, Florida with a community of friends. In her last years, she fulfilled her wishes to travel and spend time with her grandchildren.

Outdoor services at St. Agnes Cemetery will be held on Friday, Aug. 7 at 2:00 p.m., under the direction of the W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home in Branford. For directions and an online memorial, see

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