Carolyn Coon Dupuis was born on June 20, 1934, the daughter of Clifford A. Coon and LaVerna Godwin. She grew up in a yellow wooden house on the corner of 23rd and Evergreen in East Mill Creek. She went to Granite High School from which she graduated in 1952. It was during this time that she discovered one of her life-long passions: poetry. She proceeded on to the University of Utah where she self-financed her studies. She graduated in 1957 with a degree in elementary education. Then she headed east to Washington D.C. where she worked for the Library of Congress. In 1962, she moved to Northern California to teach first grade at the O'Connor Elementary School in Eastern Palo Alto. She also worked as a librarian for SLAC at Stanford University. She returned to Washington D.C. in 1965 and worked for different organizations such as NIH and Harold Wise & Associates. In 1968, she met Andre Dupuis from France. They were married on August 11, 1969. Together they moved to a Parisian suburb and had a daughter, Isabelle, born in 1971. While living in France, she taught English to young children and adults. She was active in many local American women's associations, in particular a creative writing group.
She died on January 9, 1996, after a long and and courageous fight with cancer. Services held in Paris January 19, 1996.She is survived by a husband, Andre Dupuis in France; a daughter, Isabelle Dupuis in New York; and a brother, Clifford A. Coon, Jr., in Menlo Park, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the National Cancer Society.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 1, 1996, at 11 a.m., in the East Millcreek First Ward, 2702 E. Evergreen Ave.
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