Carolyn Dearman Minton passed away peacefully at her home in Binghamton, N.Y., on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Collins, Miss., on March 30, 1938, and spent most of her life in Memphis, Tenn., until her retirement when she returned to Louisiana to be with her siblings and mother. She married Charles Matthew Minton on April 21, 1957, and together they had three daughters. She is survived by her three daughters and their husbands, Chrystal and Ross Benson of Friendswood, Texas, Tracy and Bill Maines of Binghamton, N.Y., Amy and Tom Salvadore of Barre, Ma.; six grandchildren, Michael Gregory, Chrystal Johnson, Tina Smith, Shelby Maines, Billy Maines, and Austin Salvadore; eight great-grandchildren; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Christine Burke of Lake Charles,  Wayne and Glenda Cobb Langley of Amite, Rena LeBlanc of Denham Springs, and Reva and Morgan Beck of Denham Springs; and brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Mary Alice Dearman of Walker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Reese and Ruth Dearman; four brothers, Harry Dean, Douglass Wayne, Cecil Glen and Reese Jr. Dearman; two sisters: Catherine Young, Elouise Lipscomb; great-granddaughter, Lorelei Young and an unnamed infant. Carolyn was employed by United Medical Services in Memphis, Tenn., for 20 years working with ostomy patients. She said she always felt a calling for this work and it fulfilled her greatly to be of help to her patients. She enjoyed many hobbies of which her favorite was drawing and painting. The gift of her art will be a wonderful and everlasting gift to those she knew. She will always be remembered for her humor and love of life. Arrangements will be made by Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home 69-71 Maple Street, Harpursville, N.Y., 13787. Private Services will be held by the family. Online condolences may be made at Her belief  “flowers are temporary, your time, hammers and nails can make a home forever.” In lieu of flowers, Carolyn has asked that donations, or your time, be made in her honor to Habitat for Humanity, specifically for the flood region of Louisiana -- Habitat for Humanity of Louisiana, 5800 One Perkins Place Suite 7B, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. (225) 389-0088.

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