Carol Ann (Karr) King
Carol Ann (Karr) King, 84, of Newburgh, Indiana died on Dec. 17, 2013 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin H. and her beloved brother, Dr. J.P. Karr of Jackson, Michigan.
She was born in Normal, Illinois to Lee J. and Rae G. Karr and grew up on a Centennial Farm in McLean County, Illinois where she attended a two-room school. Having descended from a pioneer family and being a product of the Great Depression and World War II, her strongest values were of gratitude for what life handed her and of giving of herself to others. Her Mother's wise saying, "To thine own self be true," established Carol's attitude toward life in her early childhood.
Carol graduated from University High School in Normal and attended Illinois State Normal University. After transferring to the University of Illinois
, she met her future husband, Edwin H. King. Carol and Ed were married on June 11, 1949.
The King family moved to Newburgh in 1960 and raised their children and grandchildren. They established two businesses in Newburgh—King Mechanical Specialty, Inc. and KM Specialty. They loved to travel and visited England and Scotland. She especially enjoyed searching for her roots to the Kerr Klan in Jedburg, Scotland.
She was a charter member of the Sprinklesburg Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, where she served as regent three times; the Daughters of the American Colonists; the Society of Boonesborough; the National Society of the Magna Carta Dames; and the Society of Maureen Duvall Descendants.
She was the first woman member of the Kiwanis Club of Newburgh and became its first woman president. She was a charter member of the Women's Club of Newburgh; a charter member and Director Emeritus of Historic Newburgh Inc. (HNI); and a member of the Warrick County Community Foundation. She belonged and served as president of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 44 and was a member of the World War II 50th Anniversary committee. Other community projects included the Living Treasures, the Newburgh Walkway Garden and the Veterans' Monument flag.
Carol became a Newburgh Players actress in the 1960s and held roles in several productions. She was a member of the St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary and served as a volunteer at the former Regina Pacis Nursing Home and enjoyed working with the elderly.
Surviving are her daughter, Candace Lee (Ronald) Chudada of Greenwood, Indiana; her sons, Kevin L. (Darlene) King and Keith G. King both of Newburgh; granddaughters Stacey Lynn (Scott) Puck and Jennifer Lee (Brad) Condon, of Indianapolis; 4 great-grandchildren; a sister in law; one nephew; four nieces; and two cousins.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers that worked during Carol's last years. She was blessed with quality people—dedicated and loving. Also, appreciation is given to the representatives from the Deaconess Home Hospice organization for their assistance.
A funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4200 Epworth Road, Newburgh, with the Rev. Thomas Vanselow officiating. Inurnment services will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013, at Titzer Family Funeral Home, Simpson Chapel, 510 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, Ind., (812) 853-8314.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church or to the Kiwanis Club of Newburgh. Sympathy wishes to the family may be made at www.titzerfuneralhomes.com