Carol Ann Marin Tate, 59, of Portland, CT passed away peacefully on May 22, 2019 at Hartford Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Jody Tate of Portland, CT and her four daughters: Stephanie Roberts and her husband, Ian Dunbar, of Boston, MA, Chelsey Valeri and her husband, John Valeri, Hannah Tate and Nicole Tate of Portland, CT. She is also survived by her sister, Cathy Marin Cote and her husband, Steven Cote, of Farmington, CT, two nephews, Richard Berube and Dylan Cote, and one granddaughter, Evelyn Dunbar. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Marin and Evelyn Stross, and her brother, Richard Marin.
Born in Biddeford, Maine, on May 27, 1959, Carol spent much of her life in Portland, graduating from Portland High School in 1977. Carol worked for several decades as an administrator for Firestone Auto Care in Cromwell and returned to complete her bachelor's degree in her fifties. She graduated this spring with her master's in social work from the University of Connecticut. Carol always enjoyed giving her time to others and volunteered previously at St. Mary's as captain of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxillary where she was organizing charitable events. At St. Pius church Carol was president of the rosary alter society which entailed organizing clothing drives among many other events for the church. Carol was a prison minister at York Correctional in Niantic where she also led the church choir twice a month. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting, gardening, relaxing on the beach, dancing with her husband, and cooking for a crowd, especially Cajun cuisine. Carol loved spending time with her family and celebrating the accomplishments of her daughters and always looked forward to the next visit with her granddaughter, who was the light of her life.
Calling hours will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 30th at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland, CT. A Catholic mass in Carol's honor will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 31st at St. Mary's Church, 51 Freestone Avenue, Portland, CT. Burial at St. Mary's Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memoriam to a college savings fund for her granddaughter through Fidelty Investments https://go.fidelity.com/4ztb7
Carol L. (Cook) Haynes, 79, of Middletown, CT, wife of the late Dr. Richard F. Haynes, passed away on Friday, May 31st at her home- The Village at South Farms. She was born in New Orleans, LA on November 27, 1939, daughter of the late Ewing and Louise (Sedlock) Cook. She met her husband Richard at Southeastern Louisiana University. They were married over 50 years. She has been bereft since he passed away in 2014. She lived in Monroe, LA most of her life. They moved to CT to retire near family.
Carol is survived by 2 daughters and their spouses- Allison (Charles) Whitaker and Melissa (Christopher) Kagan. She has many grandchildren- Caroline (Mac) Whitmeg, Elizabeth Whitaker, Nathaniel Kagan and Lillian Kagan. She also has a dear brother, Dr. Ewing Cook and sister in law Mignon (Dyson) Cook with their children Stephanie (Eric) Nelson, Wil (Jan) Cook and Wesley (Michele) Cook.
Carol taught in the Ouachita Parish school system in Monroe for over 30 years. She loved teaching middle school science and was always a student favorite.
Carol was happiest in the kitchen and in the garden. She was well known to have a messy house and impeccable vegetable and flower garden. She truly expressed her love for others with food. Strongly influenced by her New Orleans roots, her meals were always rich and spicy. Even after moving into assisted living, she continued to cook in their kitchen. She threw a party to thank the staff at The Village every year that she would cook entirely herself.
Carol was to the very end a sassy Southern lady with endless generosity, humor and lots of love.
Her family would like to thank The Village at South Farms. She loved living there the last 5 years of her life- she thought she ran the place. The staff there is beyond special to her whole family. They would also like to thank Dr. Adriel Kramer of East Hampton for his devoted care of Carol.
Funeral services and burial will be private. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland is in charge of arrangements.