Norene H. Carr
June 17, 1926 ‒ October 30, 2018
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.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Norene’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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