Caroline Edith Hilton Sturtevant

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BELGRADE - Caroline Edith Hilton Sturtevant of Sidney and North Belgrade (and previously of Spring Hill, Fla.) left this life on Dec. 30, 2018, at the home of her daughter, Nancy Wilber, in North Belgrade, Maine. She will be greatly missed.

Caroline was born on Dec. 24, 1924, in Norridgewock, Maine. She was the third child of nine children born to Ralph B. and Lora Ella Yeaton Hilton.

She spent her growing up years on the family farm in Norridgewock and graduated from Norridgewock Eaton High School. She graduated from Farmington Normal School in 1945, and began her teaching career in Wakefield, Mass., where she taught one year. Caroline received her master's degree in education from the University of Maine Orono in 1979, after spending a year studying with Dr. Madelyn Hunter at UCLA.

She married Dana P. Sturtevant of Belgrade on June 30, 1946, in Norridgewock. In the fall of 1946, Caroline was hired to teach fifth grade in Oakland, Maine, at the Tapley School. She left this position after two years due to the birth of her first child. While teaching in Oakland she coached girls' high school basketball and refereed boys' basketball.

Caroline and Dana raised five daughters on their poultry and beef farm in Sidney, Maine. Caroline remained a stay at home mother and working the farm until 1957, when she re-entered teaching at the new James H. Bean School in Sidney as a kindergarten teacher. Caroline and Dana were instrumental in getting the new six-room school built, helping to raise funds for the construction of the school. Caroline again left teaching in 1960, for the birth of her fifth child. She re-entered teaching in the fall of 1962, as a third grade teacher at James H. Bean. She remained in that position for several years ending her time there as a teaching principal. In 1970, she was employed by the Waterville School system for several years as a reading specialist and as an assistant principal at Brookside School (now Mitchell School). From 1972-1976, she simultaneously ran the large poultry farm she and Dana had started in 1960. Caroline also worked for the Maine Department of Education as Director of the Division of Curriculum and as Director of the Division of Certification. Caroline served as adjunct faculty for the University of Maine teaching courses in classroom management and effective teaching. She ended her career as a Maine Educator in 1992, after serving as curriculum and professional development specialist in SAD 47. Caroline was the recipient of many honors and awards from educational organizations across the State of Maine. She took great pride in receiving the University of Maine Farmington Alumni Achievement award in 1989.

She was a member of many educational organizations including Maine ASCD, Maine Curriculum leaders, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and many others.

Caroline was engaged in many activities in the town of Sidney. She was the leader of Maple Lane 4-H club, raised funds for the construction of James H. Bean School and served on the school board for SAD 47. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Oakland. In Florida she served as the President of the Maine Club, worked with Meals on Wheels, Hospice and was active in her church.

Caroline loved people and found the best in all, whether as a teacher, mother/grand-mother/great-grandmother or friend. Her love of life could be seen in her passion for cultivating relationships, adventures and interests. Not shy to make herself heard, she also had a knack for really listening to others. Often, she could see the best in someone, even if they could not see it in themselves. This trait made her a wonderful teacher and friend. She had high expectations for her five daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also set the bar high for her students and the teachers around her.

She enjoyed hiking, camping and canoeing having hiked in Wales and Switzerland and canoed the Allagash wilderness several times among other excursions. She had an active social life in both Maine and Florida with many loyal friends in both places. Caroline also enjoyed sewing, knitting, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, ceramics, painting, and in recent years she discovered coloring and would often give a visitor one of her "paintings". She had a love of travel and was able to travel in Europe and South America as well as visiting 50 states. In 1993, Caroline purchased a home in Spring Hill Florida and spent the next 21 winters there. She loved to have family and friends visit and made many friends in Spring Hill and the surrounding communities. In her retirement she survived two episodes of cancer.

Caroline was predeceased by her husband, Dana P. Sturtevant who passed in January 1972. She was also predeceased by three sisters: Rena Hilton, Louise Varnam, and Jenny Hilton; and by one brother, Franklin Hilton.

She is survived by her five daughters and their husbands: Lora Downing and Arthur of Sidney, Prudence Flood and George of Clinton, Susan Franck and Michael of Gorham, Nancy Wilber and James of North Belgrade, Sarah Sturtevant and Daniel Casals of Newton, Mass. Caroline is survived by 10 grandchildren: Wendy, Holly, Dana, Timothy, Ian, Ashley, Nathan, Peter, Caroline, and Tomas. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren Lilla, Prescott, Benjamin, Abigail, Morgan, Meara, Will, Evelyn, Audrey, Amellie, and Nadine. Caroline is survived by four siblings: Ellen Savard of Skowhegan, Bernard Hilton of Deerfield, Mass., Polly Andrews of Marble Head, Mass., and Mary Shorey and husband, Frank, of Anson. Caroline also is survived by the "sons of her heart", Charles Jacobs of Richmond and Patrick Cote of Monmouth. She is survived by 22 nieces and nephews and their families.

The family would like to thank the nurses and aids from Maine General Hospice and the PSS aids from Maine-ly Elder Care. They cared for Caroline in a very skilled and loving manor.

Visiting hours are tentatively set for Friday April 26, 2019, and graveside services with a time for sharing and remembering are tentatively set for Saturday April 27, 2019. There will be an updated announcement on time and place.

On Caroline's 80th birthday her family and friends established the Caroline H. and Dana P. Sturtevant Scholarship. A scholarship in our parents' names is presented annually to a student at Kennebec Valley Community College.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers-Wheeler Funeral & Cremation Care, 26 Church St., Oakland.

Donations in Caroline's name to the KVCC Foundation would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Please make checks payable to: KVCC Foundation

92 Western Ave.

Fairfield, ME 04937

Your contribution may be made online: www.kvcc.me.edu/pages/foundation/onlinegiving

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Published in Central Maine on Jan. 3, 2019
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