1929 – 2020
Hampton, CT – Carol Ann (Gardner) Handy passed away on October 18th in Hampton, Ct where she lived with her eldest daughter Christine. Born in 1929 she was 91 years old and is also survived by children: Rick, Mary, Julia and Jack, 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Carol’s husband, Claire E. Handy, died in 1973.
Carol was raised in Benton Harbor MI by Jack and Sylvia (Cooper) Gardner. Though an only child she spent most days playing with her first cousin Robert Gardner whom her children came to know as Uncle Bobby. Longtime residents of the area, the Gardner family was connected to several local businesses including the Round Oak Stove Company of Dowagiac MI.
An avid writer and reader she could often be found in her office. She wrote almost every day for most of her life completing several books of poetry, historical fiction and the children’s book, The Dragons of Rizvania for which she is perhaps best known.
Carol was dedicated to her faith and took an active role in the Baha’i communities of West Michigan including serving as an Assistant to the Auxiliary board for many years. Beginning in the early 1970’s she gave countless talks about the Faith to those who wished to learn, and later helped many new and burgeoning communities.
She also served the Baha’i community as a travel teacher and writer in West Africa, the Falkland Islands, Willmette Illinois, and in Haifa Israel. In her advanced years, she retained a sharp mind publishing her first full-length novel in her 80’s. She was treasured for her encyclopedic knowledge of Christian and Baha’i scripture as well as her sparkling gaze, and occasionally, a slightly naughty sense of humor. Carol will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT. Donations in Carol’s name may be made to the National Baha’i Foundation, National Baha’i Fund, 1233 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201. For memorial guestbook, please visit www.GilmanandValade.com.