CUMBERLAND FORESIDE – Carolyn Bradish Raye, 91, of Cumberland Foreside, died Saturday, Oct. 23, at Ledgeview Assisted Living. She was the widow of Henry Wadsworth Raye.

She was born in New York City, March 28, 1913, the daughter of Zilla (Martin) and Donald Dunbar Bradish, both originally from Eastport. She grew up in Bronxville, N.Y., and her family summered on Boyden’s Lake, Perry.

She graduated from Bronxville High School Class of 1932, and attended The Sherman School in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. As a young woman, she was a buyer for a major New York City department store.

She married Mr. Raye on May 30, 1938, in Bronxville. They moved to Eastport where they lived until 1954. She was an active member of the Unitarian Fellowship of Eastport and was a member of the Literary Round Table.

From 1948 to 1986, Mrs. Raye and her husband owned and operated the J.W. Raye & Co. mustard mill in Eastport and Brunswick. She continued to be a participant in the activities of the firm throughout her life.

She was proud of the many successes achieved by the company after her daughter, Nancy Raye assumed ownership.

In 1954, Mrs. Raye and her family moved to Brunswick where she was a member of the First Parish Church and the Altrusa Club.

In 1963, she and her husband built a winter home on Water Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, enjoyed by the Raye family for 28 years.

In 1970, she and her husband made Eastport their summer residence. They later maintained a winter home at Meadowcrest, Crystal River, Fla. Most recently, Mrs. Raye lived at The Highlands in Topsham. She moved to Ledgeview in February of this year.

Mrs. Raye was a life-long, avid and expert bridge player. She continued to win at bridge into her 90th year. She maintained a wide circle of friends. In her 80s, at The Highlands, she learned to play pool, and she was great at it.

Mrs. Raye leaves three children, Nancy Raye, of Eastport, Donald Raye, of Norway and his wife, Verna, and Susan Raye, of South Portland; four grandchildren, Stephanie Corriveau, of Lecanto, Fla., Heidi Osgood, of Wilton, Aaron Solomon, of Falmouth, and William Raye, of Brunswick, currently serving in the Maine National Guard in Iraq; three stepgranddaughters, Lisa Davis, of Virginia Beach, Va., Melodie Wilson, of Cumberland, and Wendy Davis, of Jacksonville, Fla.; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family gratefully acknowledges the loving care that Mrs. Raye received from The Highlands, Ledgeview, Brentwood Rehabilitation, Hospice of Maine, and CHANS.

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