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Dorothy Ellinor (Files) Carrubba

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Dorothy Ellinor (Files) Carrubba Obituary
LONG BEACH -- Dorothy Carrubba loved to teach, sharing her knowledge, whether it be in English class or in her home, passing on lessons on quilting, knitting and crocheting to her daughters and granddaughters.

Carrubba died Sunday from a stroke. She was 83. But it was her life that friends and family remember most.

Carrubba worked for the president at Abbot Laboratories before moving on to Sears. She also taught in the Long Beach school system for 25 years.

Marlin Ladner, a Harrison County supervisor who worked with Carrubba at Long Beach schools, said she was one of the most dedicated teachers he'd ever had the pleasure to work with.

"She expected the kids to achieve, but she also had a caring aspect. She took her job and her responsibilities seriously. She's what I would call a really dedicated teacher."

Her daughter, Kathy Matthews, said her mother began the first remedial classes at Long Beach.

"She felt like some of the students were being missed and she felt it was important that they be reached," Matthews said.

Matthews said she spoke with her mother every day.

"I didn't only love my mother. I liked her. She was my friend."

Carrubba was remembered by the Rev. Louis Lohan as a woman of faith.

"She was very faithful and faith-filled," he said. "She was an inspiration. And to me, she seemed to be a woman of tremendous patience, especially with taking care of Pete as he aged and became disabled."

Her husband, Pete Carrubba, has been in declining health and was not with his wife of 62 years when she died.

"I had to tell my daddy that she had had a second stroke and passed," Matthews said, tears in her voice. "He said, 'She was the love of my life and I will miss her.'"

Matthews said he cried for his wife, which in turn made her cry.

"He just took my hand and said, 'It's OK, Baby. It'll be OK.' Then he started praying the "Our Father" for my mother.

"I'm very blessed to have the parents I've had."

The two met when Carrubba saw a handsome Army captain walking across campus at Ole Miss.

"That did it for her," said her daughter, Marilyn Franke, who followed her mother into education.

Carrubba's students, too, remembered their teacher as strict but fair, and the sense of humor her children and friends recalled was seen by her students as well.

Carrolyn Hamilton, now superintendent of Long Beach schools, was a student in Carrubba's 8th grade advanced English class.

"She was an outstanding teacher who made class interesting and challenging and I loved going to her class," Hamilton said. "She also kept up with her students afterward. She had an impact on a lot of children in Long Beach schools."

Carrubba was known for her knitting and crocheting skills, and loved passing on the knowledge. In fact, when her husband was at the Dixie White House nursing home, she would bring her work along and taught several of the patients there to crochet as well so they would have something to do.

Franke said a great example of her mother's joy for life happened one morning when she went outside to get the morning paper.

"It was really early and there was a full moon. My brother was outside, but she didn't know it and when she was walking back from getting the paper, the moon was behind her and she kept lifting her arms up and down.

"My brother asked her, 'Are you arms hurting?' She said, 'No, I was just dancing with my shadow.'"

Visitation will be on Friday at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church from 8:30-9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 9:30 a.m. and interment will follow at the Biloxi National Cemetery. Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street in Gulfport is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Sun Herald on Mar. 27, 2014
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