Carolyn Ann Medley-Armwood, a Social Security Administration disability claims examiner and longtime Woodlawn resident, died of lung cancer Friday at Sinai Hospital. She was 50.
She was born Carolyn Ann Medley in Baltimore and raised on Rayner Avenue. After graduating in 1970 from Douglass High School, she went to work for the Internal Revenue Service. She later was employed by the U.S. Postal Service before joining SSA in 1993.
A religious woman, Mrs. Medley-Armwood was a member of New Metropolitan Baptist Church and New Psalmist Baptist Church.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and was known for her open houses celebrating holidays and special occasions.
"Carolyn was truly the wind beneath the wings of her family," said a cousin, Della Oliver of Baltimore. "She lived life to the fullest and devoted herself to her family."
Mrs. Medley-Armwood was an avid traveler and collector of figurines of prominent African-Americans, which she displayed in her home.
Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at New Metropolitan church, 1501 McCulloh St.
She is survived by a daughter, Tracie Medley; three brothers, Carl Medley, Derryl Medley and Ceaser Medley; four sisters, Bonnell Holley, Mary Medley, Rene Medley and Veronica Truesdale; a stepson, Andre Armwood; a stepdaughter, Gayl Brooks; her stepmother, Carrie Medley; and three grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.