2018-04-26 / Obituaries

Carol Raymond Jennings

Carol Raymond Jennings, of Jamestown, R.I., and Weston, Vt., died peacefully April 20, 2018, four days shy of her 89th birthday.

Born Dorothy Caroline in 1929 on her mother’s birthday, April 24, she was the granddaughter of Dr. Roland Barker and Lydia DeVries Whitridge, who were early summer residents of Jamestown, and daughter of Morris Thomas Raymond and Dorothy Cushing Whitridge Raymond, who continued the family tradition of residing in Jamestown in the summers at their beloved home, Riven Rock.

Carol was the fourth of five siblings — Whit, Dick, Margaret (DuBois) and youngest sister Phoebe (Penny Flickinger), who only predeceased her by two months.

Carol is survived by her children Bill Salmons of Jamestown and Betsy Moody of Jamestown and Key Largo, five grandchildren and a great-grandson, Jake.

The Depression marked Carol’s first decade growing up in Buffalo, N.Y. When Carol was 9, the family moved to a farm in East Aurora, N.Y., that they renovated, and where her mother adjusted to economic hardship by cooking, canning, sewing clothes and raising chickens.

Carol went to public school until attending the Park School in Buffalo in her sophomore year of high school; then on to Cazenovia Junior College and Denison University, where she graduated in 1951 with a major in psychology.

Carol moved to Greenwich, Conn. with her college roommate, Joyce Roper (Nye), to take a position with the YWCA as program director. In Greenwich, she met her first husband, William Salmons, a former B-17 pilot who had moved up from Winston Salem, N.C after returning from World War II. Carol and Bill married in 1953 and had two children, Bill Jr. and Betsy (Moody) in Greenwich, before moving to South Norwalk, Conn.

After four years of work at the YWCA, Carol poured her energies into volunteer organizations in Greenwich and southern CT – the Junior Woman’s Club, the Community Chest and the Junior League, where she chaired the Art Education Project that introduced European and American art to fifth- and sixth-graders in the public schools.

In the early 1960s, Carol overcame her earlier reticence toward academic studies to enroll in Fairfield University’s master’s program in psychology, graduating in 1970 and launching her career as a school psychologist in the Norwalk public schools. Her 1979 evaluation by the superintendent praised her as a “vivacious, veteran professional educator” who demonstrated “technical competence, tact and sound professional judgment.” That very year, however, her career was cut short by a brain aneurysm and stroke.

Yet, fortune had shone upon her in the form of a lively, active and fun-loving second husband, Irving C. Jennings, who married Carol in 1978, four years after her divorce. With homes that they built together on the water in Jamestown and in the woods of Vermont, they spent summers sailing and golfing and winters cross-country skiing, while constantly entertaining friends, children and grandchildren with parties, pig roasts, model trains and fun. Carol and Irv loved their friends and community in Jamestown, where Carol was active in the Jamestown Garden Club (a former president), the Conanicut Yacht Club, and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, where she arranged the Sunday floral arrangements for many years as a member of the altar guild.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. Matthew’s in Jamestown.

Donations in Carol’s name may be made to the St. Matthew’s altar guild.

For information and condolences, visit www.FaganQuinnFuneralHome.com.

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