Carolyn Mildred (Phipps) Guptill, 89, passed away at home in East Haddam, CT, Friday April 14, 2017. Born June 30, 1927 in southern Illinois, Carolyn came east in the mid-1930s with her family to Newington, CT, where she met her future husband, Winthrop H Guptill, Jr. A 1947 graduate of Connecticut State Teachers College (now Central Connecticut State University), Carolyn married Winthrop in 1950; the two were together until her passing. In the 1960s and 70s, Carolyn was active in local and state politics, serving on the school board for CT Region #10 (Harwinton-Burlington), and serving as a Justice of the Peace. She was elected president of the Republican Women's Club for CT Congressional District #6, coordinating fundraising and communications and supporting multiple local, state, and federal candidates and campaigns. A local reporter for the Hartford Courant and other publications, she also worked with her sister, noted antiquarian Frances Phipps, including providing editorial assistance on Frances' two books, 'Colonial Kitchens, Their Furnishings and Their Gardens' (1972) and 'The Collector's Complete Dictionary of American Antiques' (1974). After settling in East Haddam in 1974, Carolyn became deeply involved with the United States Pony Club (USPC), supporting and promoting youth equestrian involvement and education, serving as District Commissioner of the Connecticut Valley Pony Club, then served as Regional Supervisor of the New York Upper CT Region of the USPC. She and her husband Winthrop built Fox Ledge Farm, an equestrian boarding and teaching facility on their property in East Haddam, which hosted many events for the USPC and other organizations. And she was the founder and proprietor of the Fox Ledge Tack Shop, which for over 30 years also supported the equestrian community along with other causes. She was followed into the equestrian world by her daughters: Ann, a former member of the US Equestrian team and proprietor of Fox Ledge Farm, and Lynn, a veterinarian at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her son Bruce is a research analyst in the IT industry. Carolyn is survived by her husband of 67 years, Winthrop H. Guptill Jr., by her children, their spouses, and their families: Carolyn "Lynn" Guptill-Yoran (David Yoran) of Clarks Hill, IN; Bruce Guptill (Emily Corcoran Guptill) of Marstons Mills, MA; and Ann Guptill (Edward Iarusso) of East Haddam, CT; and by seven grand-children: James and Nicholas Iarusso, Nathaniel and Matthew Yoran, and Meghan, John and Sarah Guptill. Her Funeral Liturgy will be held Thursday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m.at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown, CT. Burial will be at the State of CT Veterans' Cemetery on Bow Lane in Middletown. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, at the Biega Funeral Home from 5 to 7 pm. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in her name to the Connecticut Valley Pony Club (CVPC), 19 Hi Lea Farm Rd., Colchester, CT 06415, or to St. Stephens Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 464, East Haddam, CT 06423.
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