Caroline S. Hunter, 86, homemaker

August 07, 2006

Caroline "Carrie" S. Hunter, a homemaker and past president of the Lutherville Garden Club, died of pneumonia Thursday at a hospice center in Loveland, Colo. She was 86.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Govans, Caroline Stange graduated from Eastern High School in 1937. Her high school sweetheart, James C. Hunter Jr., was drawn to her good looks in a youth group at Govans Presbyterian Church. The pair married in 1944, spending most of their 62 years together in Lutherville before moving to Fort Collins, Colo., in 2002, to be near family.

Before her marriage, Mrs. Hunter worked for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. Every year, the Hunter family vacationed in Ocean City, moving on to Bethany Beach, Del., in the 1980s and 1990s. They also spent summers on their sailboat, La Swan, which they kept on the Middle River and sailed on the Chesapeake Bay, sometimes traveling as far as Norfolk, Va.

Her husband often caught and steamed crabs and Mrs. Hunter loved them. "They were a staple in our house," Mr. Hunter said. "She couldn't do without them once a weekend in the summer."

Flowers, herbs and spices sprouted in the Hunters' garden. Mrs. Hunter also was a cook, famous for her beef stews.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson. A service was also held in Fort Collins.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Chris Musgrave of Kansas City, Kan., and Holly Ostendorf of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; a son, James C. Hunter III of Fort Collins; five grandchildren; and two step-grandsons.

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