Carolyn Ann Steinla, age 77, of Charles Town WV, passed away peacefully while in hospice care on November 25th, 2019 at the Adler Center in Aldie, VA. She was born September 30, 1942 in Cumberland, MD and was the daughter of the late Paul E. Steinla and the late Avery C. Baird. Interment will be at the Indian Mound Cemetery in Romney, WV.
She graduated from Allegany High School in Cumberland and continued her education at James Madison University in Virginia. She was also a very good drummer, leading her own band while earning her Bachelor of Arts degree at college.
Carolyn was a public-school educator for 44 years, teaching English in Georgia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. She was a staunch advocate for gay rights and enjoyed helping people and spending time with friends and family.
After retiring, she volunteered at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Charles Town and at the local library, reading to the children.
She found pleasure through reading, playing music and practicing gourmet cooking. She treasured the winter holidays, especially when there was snow on the ground or falling through the air.
Carolyn greatly cared for animals and generously supported the Humane Society while loving her own pets, including her latest two dogs, Remy and Zoey.
Beloved teacher, advocate, cousin and accomplished musician, Carolyn leaves behind numerous friends, colleagues and former students. Her loving nature, kindness and generosity will be truly remembered in the hearts of many. Her favorite quote, from William Shakespeare was “That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Carolyn Ann Steinla
Beloved Friend, Daughter, and Teacher
Defender of Human Rights, Animal Welfare Advocate
A True Inspiration to Friends, Old and New
We Will Never Forget You Carolyn
Rest in Eternal Peace