Carole Becker Carey
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KENNEBUNK -- Carole Becker Carey passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, while enjoying time with friends on Prince Edward Island.
Mrs. Carey was the owner of The Copper Candle located in historic Dock Square, Kennebunkport.
Adored and cherished by her family and friends, Mrs. Carey exhibited nothing but grace and patience in both her business and personal life. She was a tireless advocate of Kennebunkport's business community, and helped it adapt to the many changes that reshaped the town over the last decade.
She was born on Jan. 22, 1938 to Thomas and Una Becker in Washington, DC where she spent her childhood. Mrs. Carey graduated from Marymount University and then took a job working for the Justice Department. It was there she met her husband, William Carey, a government prosecutor. They married in 1959.
In 1960, Mr. Carey was assigned to work against organized crime in Chicago and subsequently joined a private law firm Pope Ballard as the couple settled in Evanston, where they raised three sons. In 1972 the family moved back to Washington DC as her husband was tapped by President Nixon as General Counsel of the newly created Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After three years of government service Mr. Carey again joined a private law firm of Barnett & Alagia. During that time, Mrs. Carey owned The Copper Candle in Georgetown. The couple moved to Kennebunkport in 1994 to run The Copper Candle there together until Mr. Carey passed in 2003.
Always cheerful, Mrs. Carey was painstaking in her desire to stock the most tasteful and creative assortment of candles, oil lamps, Christmas ornaments and collectibles for her customers. Mrs. Carey always viewed her staff like family. Active in the community, she was a member of Saint Martha's Catholic Church and was a volunteer at the Brick Store Museum.
She is survived by her three sons, William (and wife Susan) of Vienna, Va., John (and wife Sarah) of Garner, NC and Alex (and wife Dawn) of Newark, Del.; six grandchildren, Isabelle, Luke, Alex, Delaney, Grayson, and Sophie Carey; her sister Rita Becker of Arlington, Va. and brother Thomas Becker (and wife Brenda) of Oakton, Va.; cousins; nieces and nephews; her brother- in-law and dear friend, David Barry of Kennebunkport.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 29, 6-8 p.m. at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held May 30, 11 a.m., Holy Spirit Parish at St. Martha's Church, Kennebunk. Interment to follow at Hope Cemetery in Kennebunk.
Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk. www.bibberfuneral.com
Should friends desire,
donations in Mrs. Carey's
memory can be made to:
The Brick Store Museum
117 Main Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Carole Becker Carey
Bibber Memorial Chapel
67 Summer Street Kennebunk, ME 04043
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 25, 2014