CAROLE DARR DECEMBER 10, 1942 - JUNE 7, 2013 Carole died and went onto her next adventure on June 7, 2013 after conquering multiple cancers with courage, grace and gallows humor. She was preceeded in death by her beloved parents, Aud and Emma Darr; her sweet sister, Gayle; and her feisty aunt, Anna Sandoval. She is survived by several wonderful cousins. Carole was a Santa Fe native, a graduate of Santa Fe High, UNM and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She was married for nine years to Patrick Isles Murray. Carole described herself as "so well-rounded she wasn't pointed in any direction" so advertising was a perfect career choice for her. She enjoyed 35 successful years selling you things you didn't know you needed. Her career culminated with her being chosen Chicago's Ad Woman of The Year. She returned to Santa Fe in 1999 to care for her family. Carole loved travel and adventure and during her Chicago years, she became an accomplished sailor and scuba diver. Diving took her to distant depths around the globe, providing wonderful memories. She once had a meaningful relationship with a 400 lb. grouper in the Red Sea where she fed him hardboiled eggs. One dawn morning she witnessed an incredible ballet of 125 dolphins with their arching bodies silhouetted onto the hot copper-colored sea. Another favorite was a brow massage she gave to a very appreciative manatee in a Florida lake. More than anything else, Carole loved to laugh and share that laughter with her many friends. Carole was active in civic issues and was an avid supporter and lover of wildlife. She was also a superb writer, photographer, dancer, decent carpenter but horrible cook. She loved a great bargain and was generous to a fault with her friends and would go to great lengths to help someone she loved. In turn she was beloved by many friends around the country and world. The last love of her life was Zelda, her orange Tabby, who gave great back rubs. Carole had great appreciation for Dr. Karen LaRusso and the terrific staff at Christus St. Vincent Cancer Center along with MD Anderson in Houston and Albuquerque. She was alos thankful for having so many friends who were such a great help during her long ordeal. Her special precious angel was lifelong friend, Patty Jordan Fletcher who toughed it out with her from beginning to end. At her request, there will be no funeral service but a celebration of her life at a later date. If you wish to be included, phone Patty at 505-995-8699 or 707-843-4573 to leave your contact information. Wherever Carole is now, rest assured she's finding something to laugh about. Everyone who knew Carole was gifted with her strength, her humor, her sharp mind, her zest for life and adventure and her love.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900