Carolyn D. Boening of Provincetown, Massachusetts, known to her numerous friends as “Carolina,” died on November 19, with her eldest daughter at her side, at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis after a brief illness. She was 88.
Ms. Boening, an artist, singer and musician, lived an extraordinarily rich and creative life. She was an elegant and sophisticated woman, yet generous and kind, survivors said. Though she faced numerous physical and emotional challenges, she found great solace and support from the 12-step tradition and Christian Science. She achieved 36 years of sobriety and shared her commitment with many others.
Born April 26, 1926, in Southampton, the second daughter of C. Edwin Dimon and Eugenia (Mallery) Dimon, she displayed her deep musical talent from a very young age and had perfect pitch and played several instruments, including piano and flute. She graduated from Friends Academy in Locust Valley and attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, where she met her second husband, before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from then-Hofstra College.
Ms. Boening was married to James B. Curran of Hempstead and had two daughters. She later divorced and married the late Vincent R. Boening, a distinguished securities technical analyst. She lived in numerous locales, including New York City, Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Provincetown, La Jolla, London, Paris and Nice.
A talented, fashionable and vibrant individual, according to survivors, Ms. Boening had a varied career. She was a teacher at several schools, including the Arizona Desert School in Tucson, and a Girl Scout leader. She was the executive secretary to the dean of the Harvard Business School and held a similar position for the curator of arms and armor at the Metropolitan Museum. In addition, she worked at the iconic fashion store, Browns, in London. She also supported Mr. Boening’s securities analysis business, working with him to produce a twice-weekly stock report.
Her musical and artistic interests were an important part of her life. She composed music, poetry and short stories. She sang with the National Cathedral Choir in Washington, D.C., performing Handel’s “Messiah,” and with the Opera Company of Boston chorus, under the direction of Sarah Caldwell, performing in the 1966 American premier of Arnold Schoenberg’s “Moses und Aron” and also in “Otello” with Renata Tebaldi. An avid painter, she held a one-woman show of her work in La Jolla and continued to paint extensively during her residence in France. Most recently, she organized and directed the Youville House chorus in Cambridge, and this past summer, she played the piano at Bubala’s in Provincetown.
Survivors include her younger sister, Edna “Hedy” Boyd of Southampton and Florida; two daughters, Jeanne P. Curran-Sarto and husband Andrew A. Sarto of Maine, and Sasha M. Curran of Provincetown; a grandson, Patrick A. Sarto and wife Cheryl, great-grandson, Jayden J. Sarto, and two foster great-grandchildren, all of Maine; five nieces, Amy Boyd of Florida, Cecile Klayton of Virginia, Suzanne St. Claire of Pennsylvania, Dawn Richmond of Maryland, and Fawn Proctor of Pennsylvania; a nephew, C. Douglas Dimon of Southampton; and a cousin, Charlton Halsey and wife Nancy of Water Mill and Greenport.
Ms. Boening’s remains were cremated on November 24, and her ashes will be scattered along with her husband’s at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Nice. A memorial service has been tentatively set for April 2015 in Provincetown.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Gately McHoul Funeral Home in Provincetown. Online condolences can be made at www.gatelyfuneralservice.com.