Eileen Carey

January 29, 1959 ~ March 12, 2018 (age 59)

Eileen Bridget Ray Carey (January 29th 1959 – March 12th 2018) is survived by her husband, Alan Carey of Woodbury, CT, daughter, Dr. Kathleen Carey of Pittsfield, MA and son, Spencer Carey of Burlington, VT, her brother Tom Ray and sister Mary Beth Walton, brother-in-law Jack Walton and nephews, Thomas Walton, John Walton and Christopher Walton, her brother and sister-in-law Brian and Jane Carey; brother-in-Law David Carey and niece Laura Carey. Raised in West Hartford, CT, Eileen spent many days rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife and working at the Children’s Museum of Science in West Hartford, CT. Eileen graduated from Connard High School, the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Education – the First individualized major to graduate from UConn – and Central Connecticut State University (New Britain, CT) with a Masters in Education. She was a biology teacher at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, CT and King Phillip Middle School in West Hartford, CT. Eileen married Alan Charles Carey August 16th 1986. She took time off to raise her two children, also creating the Rocky Hill Community Garden and leading children’s nature camps. Eileen returned to teaching at Waterbury Adult Education for several years. She retired from Woodbury Middle School, where she taught 7th and 8th grade Science from 2007 to 2015, also acting as 8th grade team leader for several years and working closely with fellow WMS teacher, Mary Barta and student teacher, Eileen Stowe. Eileen had a special love for the earth sciences and biology. Her greatest joy as a teacher was to take children on educational hikes and share the joy and beauty of nature with them. Eileen’s generosity of time and self was unparalleled. Eileen passed after a long struggle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, diagnosed in May 2015. Calling Hours will be held Thursday, March 15, from 5 to 7 pm at the Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, 2 School Street Woodbury. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Teresa of Avila, 146 Main Street South at 10:00AM on Friday, March 16, followed by a burial at New North Cemetery.

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