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Carolyn Cushman

10/09/2008 Carolyn Cushman, 59, passed away at her home in Naples, FL, on September 14, 2008, after a swift and courageous battle with cancer. Her loving family cared for her throughout her journey. Born in Newport, RI, on December 3, 1948, she grew up in Tinton Falls, NJ, and settled nearby. She married Charles Lawson in 1968 and later divorced. She worked in insurance, first at Prudential in NJ, then in Chattanooga, TN, in 1999, and finally at Florida Family beginning in 2004. Carolyn traveled up and down the East Coast by sailboat with second husband Domenic Alfano in years between. She was a stellar mother of two. Her son Sean Lawson resides in Warren, Vermont, with his wife Karen and daughter Ava. Her daughter Dana Lawson and fiancée Jim Pounds reside in Tampa, FL.

Her sisters are Betsy Grasso of La Jolla, CA, and Susan Martin of Tinton Falls, NJ. She is predeceased by mother Betty Madsen and her younger siblings, brother Chris Madsen and sister Muffy Hall. We miss them all indescribably. Carolyn lost her father at the tender age of 4. Lieutenant Commander Robert Hopping was a valiant Navy pilot, Executive Officer of his ship, and decorated Korean War hero. "Boots," as we loved to call Carolyn, by her childhood nickname, has joined them in a glorious reunion.

A wonderful woman whose light shone so brightly in the world, she touched all those around her with a magnificent smile, a zeal for living, and her caring ways. She made immediate friends at work and in all her travels and homes. She taught us how to love well and appreciate the gifts of family and life. Her love for gardening, golden retrievers, Mexican food and margaritas is renowned. We hold dear the memories of her at the lake house in Vermont, on the Jersey shore, and in the Florida sunshine. Her family thanks those far and wide for their support, thoughts, and prayers. She leaves a circle of friends and family that stretches across the country. Please consider a donation in her memory to Avow Hospice of Naples, Florida (avowhospice.org), or a charity of your choice.
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