Carolyn Ann Maserick Hammett
June 27, 1931- April 18, 2020
Carolyn Anne Maserick Hammett passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 18th, 2020 at the age of 88.
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. Carolyn was the older of the two children of the late Albert Maserick and Frances Harrington Maserick. She was pre-deceased by her brother Peter Maserick of State College, PA.
Carolyn was an avid artist focusing mostly on oil painting, however later she would move on to acrylics and mixed media. She submitted many of her pieces to competitions where her materials would be judged favorably and even deemed trendsetting. After graduating from high School, she attended Trinity University in Washington D.C. Carolyn was very active with her circle of friends whom she referred to as the “group.”
Through the “group” she met her soon to be husband Francis Xavier Hammett. Carolyn was a valued employee and cook/ server with the original Hot Shoppes of Washington D.C. It is there that she learned and fostered her incredible talent for serving many people delightful food on a budget. It was a skill she would continue to utilize with her large family and even to the hot food kitchens for the homeless in Washington D.C. and later during her retirement, the homeless in Florida.
Carolyn was an analytical chemist for the U.S. Department of the interior and years later for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Carolyn resided in the shadow of the newly established Holy Family Parish in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland. After a break from the federal government, She resided in Hillcrest Heights to raise her growing family. She returned to her government work in 1979. Carolyn was a founding member of the Forestville pregnancy aid center, a group that would later become the Maryland Crisis pregnancy centers and eventually the Gabriel Project. Carolyn entered into semi retirement in 1986.
After about 10 years of snow birding, in 1996, Carolyn fully retired to St. Petersburg, Florida where she and her good groom Francis Xavier would entertain family and friends from the Washington D.C. Area as well as care for her aging mother who also resided in Florida. In St. Petersburg, both Carolyn and her good groom “Frank,” as daily communicants, were very active members of Holy Cross Parish including extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, Healing ministries, and homeless outreach.
Carolyn acted as President of her Homeowner’s association for several years and worked tirelessly to meet the needs of her residents and neighbors. Her work would earn her the title of “Madam President.” Carolyn and Frank were also involved in the youth ministry at the Cathedral of St. Jude in St. Petersburg. Later, they would become regular members of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seminole, Florida
Carolyn was also predeceased by her son Albert Frances Hammett (Sandy) and her daughter Martha Madeline Hammett Welsh. She is survived by her husband Francis Xavier Hammett and her children Thomas, (Laurie, deceased) Carolyn Hammett (Rasha,) David (Rosa,) Janet Kleponis (Joseph,) Mark (Christy,) and Joan Giavasis (Nicholas.)
Carolyn is also survived by her grandchildren Casey, Danny, Jason, Denise, Jennifer, Francesca, Megan, Joseph, Nicholas, Veronica, Benjamin, Beatrice, Julia, and Francis Xavier. Carolyn was also absolutely delighted by her 4 great grandchildren.
Carolyn had an incredible sense of humor that some might have characterized as dark and dry, but still she could get a laugh. She had an incredible smile to match. She was a feeder of many including the neighborhood friends who would show up to the Hammett house for dinner or even a late night after-dinner snack or meal. She had the famous greeting of “You look hungry!”
Carolyn was an avid decorator and flower arranger for Holy Family Church in Hillcrest Heights. She was a fervent member of the Catholic Charismatic renewal meeting weekly at Catholic University in Washington D.C. and seasonally throughout the U.S. Carolyn was known for her deep effervescent faith. She was one to know any intercessor or prayer for whatever need might occur. She shared her faith with her children and all of those around her. Carolyn’s faith was contagious!
Carolyn will be deeply missed and her legacy will live on through so many as well as her many efforts and endeavors.
Thursday, April 23, 2020