A resident of Morrisburg for 20 years, Elma Margaret Carr (Youngs) passed away in Toronto on October 10, 2011, after a brief illness.
Mrs. Carr recently said, “I taught many kids to swim. Maybe I kept a few kids from drowning. That’s not a bad legacy for a life.”
Elma graduated from Toronto’s East General Hospital in 1941. In 1943, she met Langton Carr (deceased) in Kirkland Lake where she was nursing war veterans, and he worked in the office of a local mine. They were married in 1944.
Elma and Langton raised six children in an old house on Lakeshore Drive. She joked that people would send her their children at the end of June and collect them in September. Many children learned to swim at the Carr’s dock which was a favorite place to congregate, to swim and to fish during the long summers.
After she and Langton separated in 1958, Elma remained in Morrisburg for a number of years nursing at regional hospitals. In the early sixties, she moved to Long Sault and took a job at Cornwall General Hospital.
Eventually she returned to Toronto, where she remained until her death. There she practiced nursing until well into her seventies, and when she retired she volunteered for many years at Spectrum, a Toronto-based mental health organization.
In August, family and friends joined her to celebrate her 91st birthday at a restaurant in Mississauga.
To the last days of her life, Elma was happy and vivacious. She lived a long, good life.
Elma was predeceased by her former husband Langton Carr, his brother John Carr, her sons John Carr and Charles Carr, and her niece Deborah Carr.
She is survived by daughters Judith Johnson and Laurie Herman, sons Peter Carr and David Carr, and by daughter-in-law Irene Tarnoweckyj.
She will be remembered by nieces Janet McKay (Brian) and Linda Brown (Richard); grandchildren Tania Neptune (David), Natalie Tarnoweckyj, Amber Jamanka, Naomi Herman, Jaclyn Tarnoweckyj, Michelle Tarnoweckyj Reale (David), Amy Finlay (Sheldon), Ben Tarnoweckyj-Carr, Julia-Tarnoweckyj-Carr, Dylan Carr; great-grandchildren David and Jacob Neptune, Jeynaba and Sahjo Jamanka and Erin Finlay.
Condolences may be sent to the Carr Family, c/o Judy Johnson, PO Box 400786, Cambridge, MA 02140 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.