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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Carolyn Manchester, 88, of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Vi at Grayhawk following a long illness.
She was born in Portland on Oct. 9, 1924, the daughter of Edwin F. and Mabelle R. Manchester, and graduated from Deering High School in Portland. An enthusiastic Wolverine, she graduated from University of Michigan in 1946 with a bachelor's degree in Economics. She later obtained her master's in Urban and Regional Planning from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Manchester began her career as a Financial Analyst, leaving to work as an Insurance Underwriter. Eventually she worked in the City Planning Office of Portland until joining Fairfax County, Va., as an Urban Planner.
She was a member of St. Barnabas of the Desert Church and ECW. She enjoyed Community Theater, The Phoenix Symphony, genealogy research, and political and civic activities.
Ms. Manchester was former President of the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C. Other memberships include Young Republicans (former Vice-Chair and Chair), AAUW (1962), GMRWC (McLean, Va.), AICP, Palo Verde Republican Women (Scottsdale), Grand Canyon Chapter DAR (Scottsdale), and Zonta Club of the East Valley (1978).
An avid traveler, she visited Bucharest, Istanbul, Soviet Union, Germany, China, Japan, Belgium, Rome, Paris, England, France, Scandinavia, the Caribbean and Acapulco.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013, at St. Barnabas on the Desert Church, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale, Ariz.; conducted by Fr. Phil Carlson. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Bloomfield Cemetery in Skowhegan. Arrangements handled by Messinger Indian School Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ms. Manchester
may be made to:
St. Barnabas on the Desert
or Deering High School Carolyn Manchester Scholarship Fund
Attn.: Libby Heselton
370 Stevens Ave.
Portland, Maine 04103
7601 E. Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 19, 2013