Sally (Page) Carville, of Gulfport, FL, passed away peacefully in her home on the evening of December 11th.
Sally was born to Norman and Elizabeth Page in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine in 1942. She was the younger sister of Pat and older sister to Roger. She grew up in Guilford, Maine where she played saxophone in the band and excelled in academics. She graduated from Piscataquis Community High School and went on to receive her B.A. from Colby College, majoring in mathematics. Later she would receive her M.B.A. from the University of Maine. She married Al Carville soon after graduation and they raised two children, Stephanie and Gregg. While living in Hawaii, she started a career in information technology which led to many unique opportunities in this field. Some of her positions included working at Guy Gannett Publishing in Portland, ME, becoming a Peace Corps volunteer in eSwatini and later in Guyana, as well as jobs with Bankers Insurance, Webster College, and the American Heart Association in St. Petersburg, FL. After retiring, Sally became a much-appreciated volunteer for Suncoast Hospice which she found rewarding. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, serving many roles from bell ringer to president. Perhaps the best thing to come of her involvement in the church was meeting Stu Farnum, who quickly became the love of her life. This late in life relationship completed her and the five years they spent together were incredibly special and not nearly enough.
Sally had many passions outside of mathematics and technology. While living in Maine she enjoyed cross country skiing and sailing. With more time on her hands in Florida (and less snow) she was an avid puzzler, and could often be found surrounded by crosswords cut out of newspapers or comparing her Spelling Bee results with those of her son. She enjoyed knitting and sewing and her children and grandchildren were always thrilled to receive her creations, knowing she had made them with love and care. Stuffed animals, Halloween costumes, blankets and sweaters, she was always eager for a new challenge! She loved bird watching and going for long walks around her St. Petersburg neighborhood, and more recently around her home in Gulfport. While she loved quiet moments reading and listening to classical music, she also loved spending time with her friends and family. She loved to travel and some of her favorite trips were backpacking through eastern Africa, visiting her daughter in Italy, and exploring the western canyonlands with her longtime best friend from college. For many summers she drove from Florida to Maine to spend time with her loved ones and provide them with excuses to go out for ice cream and lobster rolls. Despite the family and food, she always returned to Florida to her treasured group of friends who brought her such joy and comfort in her later years. Swimming, walking, concerts, knitting, art walks, and dinners were some of the many activities these women happily shared.
Sally is preceded in death by her parents and her partner Stu Farnum. She is survived by her daughter Stephanie and husband Ed Santella, son Gregg and wife Emily Carville, and four treasured “grands”, as well as her sister and brother and extended family.
Sally did not want a service. Instead, we suggest keeping her in your thoughts on a walk through a special place, while enjoying a sunrise or sunset, or maybe look to her for help on the Sunday crossword puzzle. If you happen to find yourself appreciating an especially chocolatey flavor of ice cream, know that flavor is exactly the one she would have chosen as well and raise your cone in a little toast to Sally.
Donations in Sally’s memory can be made to Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg. 100 Mirror Lake Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33701