Carlyn Hastings Smith

Boulder, Co.

August 25, 1940 – December 10, 2021

Carlyn Hastings Smith was born in Detroit, Mich., on Aug. 25, 1940, to Robert F. Hastings and LaVerne Wegner Hastings. She grew up in Detroit and its suburbs. As a young woman Carlyn traveled throughout Europe where, as she did wherever she went, she developed lifelong friendships.

Carlyn graduated from Berkley High School in Michigan and graduated from Miami University in Ohio, where she was a Pi Beta Phi. She earned her master’s degree from Wayne State University. Carlyn was a lifelong educator, teaching math in Ridgewood, N.J., Detroit, Mich., and Boulder, Colo.

She retired from teaching in 2005.

Throughout her life, Carlyn opened her heart and created spaces for all. Her communal love grew from her father’s faith and teachings, which she carried with her every day. She quietly, selflessly gave to others. Her values, devotion and acceptance are the foundation of her family.

Carlyn found beauty in the simple and the grand. She had the ability to create beauty in the places she touched. Influenced by her mother, Carlyn had an eye for modern design. Gardening, cooking and entertaining were some of the ways she created beauty in her home.

Michael, her husband of 47 years, introduced Carlyn to Maine. Their annual trek to Maine allowed them to visit loved ones along the way. Carlyn held dear memories of Maine; she appreciated the beauty of the pine woods and rocky beaches and treasured time spent there with family.

In a note written by her beloved father, he shared a daily prayer for his young daughter. “May God help us, teach us and guide us so that Carlyn may be given a background that will strengthen her always.”

She indeed became the “beautiful lady” he so desired her to be.

Carlyn was predeceased by her father, Robert Hastings, and her mother, LaVerne Craighead.

She leaves behind her devoted husband, Michael, her children, Anita Iguchi, Robert Venus and Clare Gaskins, five grandchildren and her sister, Cynthia Wagner.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Academy University Hill and the Trail Winds Hospice team, Natalia, Ali, Amy, and Amielie, for their compassionate care and support.

Her family plans to hold private memorials in Maine and Michigan in 2022. Condolences and memories can be shared at In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Carlyn can be made to Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake through their website: by clicking on “Donate” and making a tribute gift.

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