Medical 05

Carolyn Cook Handa

June 2, 1941 ~ April 22, 2019 (age 77)


Carolyn Cook Handa, 77, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2019, in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Born on June 2, 1941, in Cumberland, to the late Albert C. and Mary A. (Baum) Cook. 

Carolyn graduated Beall High School class of 1959, and received her diploma from her mother, the first lady to be appointed to the Allegany County Board of Education. She was a cheerleader and active in many organizations. She received her R.N. degree from the university of Maryland School of Nursing and went on to receive her Masters of Public Health Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Later she was awarded the Helen Heyrman Award for outstanding leadership in her field of health care. Carolyn was active in the Frostburg Methodist Church and Youth Fellowship Activities. She enjoyed spending summers at the Cook’s Camp on the South Branch of the Potomac River near Springfield, WV and was known for being compassionate, caring and considerate to everyone.

Surviving are her husband, James A. Handa; daughters, Amy Franklin and husband Marc, Raleigh, NC, Laura Mayer and significant other David Adams; grandchildren, Connor, Noah, Max, Lila; brother, Dr. A. Douglas Cook and wife Susan, Frostburg; nieces, Laura C. Diller and husband James, Middletown, CT Katherine Kennell, Morgantown, WV; cousins, Mary Ann Ostlind, Torrance, CA, Carol Cheriyan (Chandran), Saratoga, CA, Jonathan Baum, Phoenix, AZ and Carla Cook, widow Greg Cook, Baltimore, MD.

Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Carolyn can be sent to the University of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201 or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 147, Geneva, NY 14456.


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April 26, 2019

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Durst Funeral Home
57 Frost Avenue
Frostburg, Maryland 21532

Funeral Service
April 27, 2019

1:00 PM


University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore MD 21201

St. Peter's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 147, Geneva NY 14456

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