C. Harrington-Carpenter, 53, teacher, flutist

November 04, 2003

Carolyn Mae Harrington-Carpenter, an elementary school educator, died of complications from diabetes Thursday at Howard County General Hospital. The Columbia resident was 53.

Born Carolyn Mae Harrington in Baltimore, she was raised in Annapolis and graduated in 1968 from Annapolis High School. She worked at the Annapolis public library and later worked for several years as an editorial assistant for The New Republic magazine in Washington.

In 1986, she established a preschool child care center that she operated in Columbia. In 1990, she resumed her education at Bowie State University and earned her bachelor's degree in 1994 in elementary education.

After teaching for several years in Anne Arundel County public schools, she went to work last year at Calverton Elementary in Prince George's County, teaching children in the second and third grades.

Mrs. Harrington-Carpenter was an accomplished flutist, and also wrote and recorded music. She played the flute at Immanuel Christian Community Church in Silver Spring, where she was a member and where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday.

Mrs. Harrington-Carpenter is survived by two sons, Jonas Carpenter of Columbia and Ivan Carpenter of Ellicott City; her mother, Alice Marie Harrington of Columbia; a brother, Nat Harrington, a former WBAL-TV reporter, of Palm Beach, Fla; two sisters, Gwendolyn Laws of Wilmington, Del., and Anna De Jesus of Baltimore; a foster brother, Lawrence Harris, and two foster sisters, Betty Harris and Gladys Harris, all of Annapolis; and several nieces and nephews. Her marriage to John Carpenter ended in divorce.

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