Norene H. Carr

June 17, 1926 ‒ October 30, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Norene H. Carr was welcomed into the arms of her loving God Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Signature Healthcare of Galion surrounded by her family. She was 92.

Born Elnora Irene Harley, on June 17, 1926 to parents Clarence & Gladies (McClain) Harley in Lima, Ohio, Norene was the third of seven children. After Norene graduated from Crestline High School in 1944, she became a registered nurse, earning her degree from Mansfield General School of Nursing.

On February 11, 1950, she married Russell B. Carr, sharing fifty-nine wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 2009. Her family takes comfort in knowing they are reunited in Heaven, along with three daughters and a granddaughter, who they deeply missed here on Earth.

Norene spent her life caring for others, particularly working as an RN for over forty years at various hospitals, including those in Galion and Mansfield, retiring from People’s Hospital in 1991.  Everywhere Norene went thereafter, she would be recognized.  People would share anecdotes, personal glimpses of Norene’s career and her ability to talk to anyone about joys, sorrows and problems.

Norene rose to every challenge in her field of nursing, all the while raising a brood of six busy children.  She worked hard at providing for them, once owning a car that the kids swore turned at every garage sale sign. She sewed many of her kids’ clothes when they were small and was very resourceful in finding exactly what each child needed for school and hobbies.   She sacrificed precious household possessions to the inevitable ruination that comes with a large family and her kids knew they were much more valued than furniture.

Along with her dedication to raising her family, Norene found time for her own enjoyment.   She was part of a bowling league and her treasured Crazy Eights Card Club.  Later, she and her husband took time to travel across the United States.   She also enjoyed taking walks with friends. She was talented at growing violets and planted a flower garden every year. All her life Norene loved books, even to the point of reading every single book in the children’s section of the Crestline Library as a child.

Without a doubt, Norene’s sense of humor served her well in life, complete with memorable “one liners,” sure to be repeated for years to come by those who knew her best.  As words failed her, Norene could entertain with mere facial expressions, much to everyone’s delight.

A lifelong church goer, Norene attended St. Peter’s and Park Avenue Baptist Churches in Mansfield, First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, and most recently, Mosic Church in Mansfield. She joined Russ in singing in the church choirs and together they spent many seasons entertaining the public as part of the Mansfield Choral Society, particularly treasuring their involvement in singing Handel’s Messiah each year.

Norene will continue to be an inspiration to the lives she touched, a testimony of faith, resilience and courage, and of course, delight in life. We want to thank her special care givers, especially Gale Smith, the staff at Signature Health Care of Galion and Kindred Hospice.

She is survived by her children, Gregory Carr, James (Tisha) Carr, Karen Baker, Julie (Don) Starkey, and Susan (Doug) Mill; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother Tom Harley; sisters-in-law Pat Harley and Christine Carr, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and children Connie Carr, Cindy Carr and Lisa Carr Boggs; siblings Jack Harley, Patricia McFarland, Donald Harley, Rosemary Heiby and Ruth Harley; her granddaughter, Hannah Oswalt and her children’s spouses, Bob Boggs, Nancy Carr and Tom Baker.

The Carr family will receive friends Friday, November 16 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service honoring Norene’s life will begin immediately at 6:30 p.m. Retired Pastor Cal Levine will speak.

Contributions in her memory may be made at the funeral, with checks payable to Mosaic (to help assist the food bank, mark “Food Pantry” in the memo on check), or to Kindred Hospice.

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  • I was sad to hear of my sweet little Norene’s passing. She was my sidekick on many adventures for 3 years. We had alot of laughs and much fun. It was my priviledge and honor to have been her caregiver and friend. My love and prayers to her family. She will truly be missed.

  • My condolences to the Carr family.
    Many sweet memories from the early years of our
    marriages,one week apart
    GOD Bless and RIP, Norene
    Marilyn(Penny) Cutter Zappone

  • I could think of so many stories to share. We lived across the street when I was young. Norene was like a second mom, never had to knock on the door, we were just part of the family. My mom was one of the Crazy 8s, what laughter they all shared. I couldn’t wait to grow up and be part of the club. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Greg and family, I am sorry for your loss. I’m sorry too that I didn’t have the privilege of knowing her.

  • To the Carr Family:
    Doug and I will be praying for your family as you work through the loss of your Mom. We had not seen her in recent years, but we did go to visit her at Apple Valley,
    when Russell was still alive, and I remember her helping us with the nursing school yearbook back in 1998 when her and her fellow nursing graduates celebrated 50 years of nursing. My Mom, Dolores Conway Kern, and several others who were in her close circle of friends , have all passed away, but we have their pictures and stories and memories to share with our families. She lived a full life, and one you all can be proud of. Her sense of humor, and your Dad’s too, made you feel welcome in their home. Her nursing career served her well. She will be missed.

  • I enjoyed Norene and Russ in the choir at First Baptist in Mount Vernon. We were just thinking about both of them a few weeks back. God’s choir will be blessed.

  • Russ and Norene were such sweet Christian people while they joined us at First Baptist Mount Vernon. Russ was a fellow tenor in the choir; what fun we had. We didn’t want her to move to Mansfield but we understood. May you feel God’s love surround you at this time and know His peace.

  • The Golden Circle Sunday school Class of First Baptist Church holds many precious memories of Noreen and Russ . All the good times we had together and in our meetings..They have been missed since they have been gone..But know they are together again in heaven.Oh Happy Day for them…

  • The Golden Circle Sunday school Class of First Baptist Church holds many precious memories of Noreen and Russ . All the good times we had together ..They have been missed since they have been gone..But know they are together again in heaven.Oh Happy Day for them…

  • May you all feel our heavenly Father’s loving arms surrounding you as you say a temporary good-bye to this wonderful mom and grandma. Norene and Russ were such a blessing to the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon and everyone who attended there when they did. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  • Carr Family I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I was lucky to get to work with her at People’s Hospital. She was a joy. Know I will keeping you all in my prayers during this difficult time.
    Kim Sever