Jean Carr


August 29, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Jean L. Carr, 88, long-time Welda resident, died Saturday, August 27, 2011, at Windsor Place Nursing Center in Iola.
She was born Jan. 23, 1923, in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1936, she and her mother, Faith (Marshall) Kattenhorn, moved back to the family farm northwest of Welda. She graduated from Welda High School in 1941 and attended Pittsburg State University.
On Aug. 8, 1943, she married Eugene Carr. They made their home in a number of communities while he was in the service and then following his career. They had two children before they divorced in 1957.
She moved back to Welda and raised her two children. She was the fourth generation to farm the Marshall family farm at Welda. She also worked as an Avon representative. She operated a dairy until 1987. In 1999, her health failed and she moved from the farm.
She was known for her whistling which started as she was milking cows. In 1938 she performed on the WIBW Radio program and continued to provide programs for many years. She was a member of Welda United Methodist Church where she had been a Sunday School teacher. Her other activities included the Hobby Club, Pinochle Club, a quilting club, nutrition site director in Welda and writing the Welda news for the Garnett Review. She had been named Person of the Year by the Anderson County Historical Society.
Two children survive, her daughter, Sharon Turner and her husband, Gwynne, Osteen, Fla.; and her son, Richard “Rick” Carr and his wife, Debra, Moran; four grandchildren, Diane Wiggins and her husband, Gerald, Ormond Beach, Fla., Eric Turner and his wife, Tracey, DeLand, Fla., Joseph Carr and his wife, Taeler, Moran, and Derrick Carr, Moran; six great-grandchildren, Selena, Brent and Brook Turner, Zack and Justin Wiggins and Andersyn Carr.
She was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Austin Wiggins.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Welda United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Welda Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel in Iola.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Jean Carr Memorial Fund, which will be used to create a special room at Windsor Place for families to be near their loved ones during their final days. Memorial gifts may be left with the funeral home, which is in charge of the arrangements.
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