Carolyn Elizabeth (McNary) Havens

Born: Wed., Feb. 15, 1933
Died: Mon., May 8, 2017

Graveside Service

2:30 PM Fri., May 12, 2017
Location: Masonic Cemetery

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Carolyn Havens passed away peacefully on Monday, May 8, 2017, with family close. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm at The Masonic Cemetery.  She had fought a battle with cancer since 2014 going through numerous surgeries and procedures to halt the progression.

She was born Carolyn Elizabeth McNary to John A. and Elizabeth McNary on November 9th, 1937 in Tucson, Arizona.  The family moved to the Phoenix area during WWII  where Carolyn attended school,.  She graduated with honors from Mesa High and continued her education at Arizona State University on full scholarship after winning the National Science Fair scholarship for Arizona.

After two years of college, with no set goal in mind, she left college to explore life.  She married William Harris and with him had two boys, Robin and Page Harris. She continued working for ASU in several capacities through the 1960's.

  Later divorced, she married  Bill Quinn who moved the family to Silver City in 1968,  Mr, Quinn was in the automobile business and Carolyn worked along side as bookkeeper and general office manager.  She also participated in many of the  clubs and volunteer  groups in the area.  She was president of Newcomers, President of the Jr. Woman's Club and held many offices with the local General Federation of Woman's Club here in Silver City.

With the Silver City Woman's Club  she was most active as chairman of the eye and ear testing for both the Head Start program and the public and private schools.  The eye testing is done in conjunction with the local Lion's Club, and each year upwards of 700 children are tested for eye problems.

Continuing her education in the early 1900's Carolyn received both a BA and her Masters degrees from Western.  She went to work for Western New Mexico University as an instructor until 1993 when she became a registered appraiser.  She later partnered in a local appraiser company.

Mr. Quinn passed away in 1992, and she later married Kenneth Havens in 2001 who became her guiding light through her retirement years.  She was very fond of all the children, grandchildren, and the extended family of step-children,  Her passions after retiring were card making, quilting, travel  and working with the Woman's Club.  She loved to dance and became one of the leaders for the local Stompers Line Dance group.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth, sons Robin Harris of Globe, AZ, and Page Harris and wife Rebecca of Silver City and grand daughter Amber Spencer of Safford, AZ.  Step children Kenneth Havens Jr and wife Marcelyn of Houston, TX; Karen Roberts and husband Michael of Silver City, and Andrew Havens and wife Dorie of Gallup, NM.  Craig Quinn and wife Riana of Port Aransas, and numerous step grand children and great grand children.  Brother John H. McNary and wife Priscilla of Mesa, Az, and sister Patricia Ovitt and husband Rod of Payson, AZ.

She was proceeded in death by both parents, step children William Quinn, Tracy
Quinn and  Carolyn Kelley.
In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity or the Silver City Woman's Club.
A reception will be held at the Silver City Woman's Club on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 3:30 to which the public is invited.

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John Mahl sr
   Posted Sat May 13, 2017
God bless you Ken Havens! You always inspire me the way you serve people and good causes, and I know you served Carolyn through her tough time. My family and me wish to express our condolences...and hope to see you back on the golf course soon.


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