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  • Carolyn Russell Osgood Hannum

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  • On a beautiful winter day, Carolyn Hannum passed away January 17, 2013, five months before her 100th birthday. Her daughters were by her side.
    She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Lou Hannum; daughters, Nancy Hannum, Susan Hannum, and Jean Pulos (Cris); four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her parents and her brother Seth Osgood predeceased her.
    Carolyn was born June 29, 1913 in White Plains, N.Y., the daughter of Fred W. and Marion Lowe Osgood. Her family moved to Akron, Ohio where she graduated high school and received a BA from Akron University. She continued to Western Reserve Library School where she received a BS degree.
    Carolyn worked as a childrens' librarian at Grosse Point Public Library in Michigan and reference librarian at the public library in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Carolyn met Lou in Detroit and they were married November 29, 1941 in Akron, Ohio.
    In retirement, she and Lou were drawn to Medford by their love of the out-of-doors. Carolyn was involved in numerous activities and recognized for her four years organizing the Medford Public Library Book sale as Volunteer of the Year. During Lou's term as Mayor she co-hosted Centennial events for the city in 1985.
    Before her marriage, Carolyn was an ardent hiker and U.S. traveler. Later she spent many happy times hiking with Lou and her family in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She was a diligent reader and enjoyed many years in her book club. Her hands were always busy with gardening or sewing and with her lifelong correspondence with friends and family. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
    Carolyn and Lou traveled to China and Russia to study comparative local governments with the National League of Cities. They also took a wonderful trip down the Danube River.
    In 2007 they moved to Fountain Plaza Retirement Community where they enjoyed a good home and many new friends. Carolyn will be interred at the Eagle Point National Cemetery; her husband was a Naval Officer in World War II. A memorial event will be held at a later time.
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