Carolyn Maple Townsend entered her Heavenly Home at age 72, 7:30 a.m., January 7, 2013, from Wesley Hospital in Wichita. She was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on April 11, 1940, to Harry Wayne and Helen Mae (Bauer) Maple.
On Aug. 11, 1998, she was married to Charles A. "Chuck" Townsend at Twin Rocks Friends Camp in Oregon. He survives.
Other survivors include brother, Harry Wayne Maple of Carmel, Ind.; daughter Sabrina Kay Ruffin of Westfield, Ind.; son Rayburn Deon Stockinger, Jr. of Maphesney Park, Ill.; daughter Sherri Lyn Echard of Beech Grove, Ind., stepson Charles A. "Chip" Townsend III of Columbus, Ind.; stepdaughter Anna Elizabeth Kennedy of New Carlisle, Ohio; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. .
Carolyn met Chuck while he was Bible Camp director of Camp Id-Ra-Ha-Je West near Paonia, Colo., and she was a bookkeeper for Fire Protection and Code in Indianapolis. Following marriage, Carolyn and her husband Chuck pastored Friends Churches in Russiaville, Ind., Council House and Ramona, Okla. They moved to Haviland, Kansas four and one-half years ago for semi-retirement. Carolyn served as secretary for the Haviland United Methodist Church. She was president of the Leona Missionary Society. She was known for her seamstress skills, quilting and crochet work. Everyone with whom she came in contact sensed her love, generosity, and encouragement.
A memorial celebration will take place at the Haviland Friends Church, Saturday, January 12, at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Donnie Hinshaw officiating. The service will be live streamed on the HFC web site to accommodate those who are unable to travel to Haviland. Another memorial celebration will take place in the Indianapolis area next week, time and location to be announced.
Memorials for Barclay College may be sent to Ayers-Calbeck Mortuary in Pratt, Haviland FriendsChurch, or Barclay College, 607 N. Kingman, Haviland, Kansas 67059.