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AMESBURY: Caroline Stevens, 95, slipped away peacefully September 13, at the glorious age of 95 after a short illness.

She joins her husband, Horace N. Stevens Jr., and her parents, Samuel F. Rockwell and Marion P. Rockwell, as well as her six siblings, William, Tom, Forbes, George, Elizabeth and Mary in Eternity.

Born in North Andover, she was an excellent, competitive tennis and squash player. She graduated from Vassar College and married soon after. World War ll saw her being the first volunteer in North Andover to get the 1,000 hour pin while making bandages, teaching first aid and manning the airplane warning tower. It was during this time that she helped establish the Aid Society at Lawrence General Hospital. While raising her six children, she and two friends started the Hay Scales Exchange - a prized handmade craft store that flourished for decades. Not content with that, Caroline started and maintained a Registered Welsh Pony Stud Farm which was the second largest in New England. This led to a love of horse carriages which she bought and sold for 25 years. She was also the driving force in running the New England Carriage Driving Association Shows at the Edgewood Farm.

Real estate investing and managing became a passion in her life. She went to Harvard extension School for designing a house which she had built in Nantucket. Caroline had a lifelong passion for cooking new and exotic recipes substituting ingredients with abandon. She loved and summered for a good deal of her life on Nantucket Island and had a store called the One and Only Shop there. She was a talented sculptor, photographer, and engaged in all manner of artistic crafts and teaching them right to the end of her life. Caroline was on the verge of publishing a book on dyslexia that she had researched for many years. Her expertise at Words with Friends and Upwords made her a force to be reckoned with on the internet. While in her 90s, she drove an SUV with a moon roof, toted a cell phone and operated both a Mac and a PC out of her office. Recently, she got an Ipod touch as her latest gadget, so she could Facetime with grandchildren. This amazing woman with an impish sense of humor, a drive for business ventures and love for family, lived life with gusto right to her gracious exit. She will be sorely missed by her six children, Kathy Stevens, Nat Stevens, Jennifer Dunmire, Cornelia Harris, Judith Wehrer, Beth Van Belle; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, as well as extended family members, and many many other relatives, friends and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport in her name.
Published on  October 2, 2014
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