Nancy Carr

Nancy Diane Carr

Tuesday, July 29th, 1952 - Monday, January 11th, 2021
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Nancy Diane (Morton) Carr of Saint Joseph passed away peacefully at home on January 11, 2021 after a nearly two-year courageous battle with cancer.

Nancy was born on July 29, 1952 to Phillip and Irene (Mandro) Morton in Adrian, Michigan. She was a 1970 graduate of Benton Harbor High School, a 1974 graduate of Grand Valley State College, and earned master’s degrees from Michigan State University in Education and Western Michigan University in Speech & Language Pathology. She taught at Lake Michigan Catholic Schools for 3 years before transitioning to work at Imperial Printing until she decided to stay home to raise her children. Once her children were in school full-time, she returned to school herself to earn her degree in Speech & Language Pathology. She began her new career in Constantine in 1992, working for the St. Joseph County ISD until 2001. She then worked for Buchanan Community Schools until her retirement in 2017.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 45 years, John, and children Heather of Sister Lakes, Spencer (Danielle) of Benton Harbor, and Trevor of St. Joseph, as well as her granddaughters Rowan and Linden Carr. She is also survived by her brother, Greg (Debra) Morton and their daughter, Jenna, of Byron Center and cousins Lori Dixon of Georgia and Tami Weaver of Florida. She also leaves behind her best friend and supporter, Angelika Hager. Nancy was preceded in passing by her parents Phil and Irene Morton.

Nancy enjoyed raising her children and watching them succeed in school and sports, never missing an opportunity to watch them play the many sports that they participated in. She loved gardening, birdwatching, and traveling along the coast of Lake Michigan looking at the lighthouses and visiting the small towns along the way.

We would like to thank the doctors and staff at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, especially Dr. Lui, Dr. Reid, and all the people in the Cancer Care Center, for their support during her treatment. We would also like to recognize Chris Glendening for her support while she was with us, and to express our appreciation for the help and guidance given to us by the team at Caring Circle of Lakeland.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 1:30pm, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Church St., St. Joseph. Inurnment will follow at Riverview Cemetery. A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lake Michigan Catholic Schools, 915 Pleasant St., St. Joseph, Readiness Center at St. John Church, 347 Catalpa Ave., Benton Harbor, or the Berrien County Cancer Services, 3900 Hollywood Rd., St. Joseph. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, St. Joseph.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, January 15th, 2021 | 1:30pm
    Friday, January 15th, 2021 1:30pm
    St. Joseph Catholic Church - St. Joseph
    211 Church St.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lake Michigan Catholic Schools, 915 Pleasant St., St. Joseph, Readiness Center at St. John Church, 347 Catalpa Ave., Benton Harbor, or the Berrien County Cancer Services, 3900 Hollywood Rd., St. Joseph
  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Private Condolence

Carol Baratta

Posted at 07:48pm
John, Heather, Spencer, and Trevor,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carol Baratta (Apple)

Kathleen & Phillip Spencer

Posted at 07:39am
Nancy and I were fellow Speech-Language Paths, working together at Buchanan for several years. Nancy always spearheaded our fun "speech lunches" which she knew were needed to recharge our batteries. Nancy was an insightful, compassionate, and creative therapist. The children loved her. Sending prayers of comfort to her family.

Tami Weaver

Posted at 02:49pm
Rest in peace. We love you. Your cousins, Lori and Tami

Nancy Saylor

Posted at 06:54am
I was sad to hear of Nancy’s passing. I met Nancy when we were volunteers at the Readiness Center. I didn’t know her for long but saw how well she worked with the little ones. I know how important her family was to her. She will be missed. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you find comfort in all of your wonderful memories.

Karla Hurlbutt

Posted at 06:31pm
We are so saddened to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was a special lady and just loved working with our kids at Stark Elementary and the Buchanan middle school. She is home with her loving Savior. Prayers for peace and comfort for the family! What a difference Nancy made in the lives of children.
Karla Hurlbutt and Karole Swanson

Pam Cottier Posted at 09:40pm

Dear Carr family, We are so sorry to hear of your heartbreaking loss. I had the pleasure of knowing Nancy both professionally and as a Laker parent and admired her dedication to her family. May you feel her gentle presence as you all navigate through this loss. With deepest sympathy, Jim and Pam Cottier

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