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Shirley M. Carpenter

April 16, 1948 January 9, 2019
Shirley M. Carpenter
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Obituary for Shirley M. Carpenter

Shirley M. Carpenter, 70, of West Grove, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 9, 2019 .

She was the wife of Mary Coldren. They met 20 years ago at the Fair Hill International 3-Day Event where Mary was an Organizer and Shirley was a volunteer.

Born in Mclean, VA, she was the daughter of the late William Shelby and Madeline Elizabeth Becker Carpenter.

While living in Virginia she was a marketing executive for Burson-Marsteller and was involved with the Women’s Sports Foundation. After moving to Pennsylvania she was a manager of the Garden Department for Home Depot and later started The Country Gourmet doing caterering for many private parties in the area. Additionally she enjoyed catering the Competitor parties at Fair Hill for over a decade.

Shirley enjoyed gardening and cooking. She loved animals, and loved her friends. She spent time in Thailand, sailed the inner passage of Alaska, and particularly enjoyed spending time at Rehoboth Beach.

She is survived by her wife; one sister, Elizabeth Mucha; her in-laws Harold and Judy Coldren; one brother-in-law, Chuck (Katrina) Coldren; and one sister-in-law, Margie (Bryn) Eldridge; three nieces, Kendal and Sydney Coldren and Lilly Eldridge; one nephew, Oliver Eldridge; and an extensive extended “family” of event riders and foxhunters. She will be missed.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to Plantation Field Equestrian Events or Fair Hill International to support a jump in her memory.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford, PA.

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