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Carol Carrig IHM


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Carol Carrig IHM Obituary
January 1, 1933 - August 20, 2016 Carol Carrig, IHM (Sister Mary Carol) died on August 20 in Santa Barbara. Cancer claimed her life at age 83. She was blessed at bedside and in her year's final journey by beloved friends and members of the Immaculate Heart Community and the Beatitudes Community of Santa Barbara. She celebrated her 65th anniversary as an IHM last year. Carol was born on New Year's day, 1933, in Omaha, NE, the only child of Betty and Charles Carrig, who moved to Los Angeles in 1936. She attended Catholic elementary schools and was a graduate of Bishop Conaty H.S. After graduation in 1950, Carol entered the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart; her first mission was to Our Lady of Fatima, Artesia; then, to Our Lady Queen of Angels H.S. in Los Angeles, where she taught home economics, moderated the yearbook, and taught lettering and layout. She then taught English and Journalism at Conaty H.S. and chaired the English Dept. Later she served as principal of Our Mother of Good Counsel School for seven years. It was there that Corita created the "Beatitudes" banner that was displayed at the Vatican Pavilion in the 1964 World's Fair, NYC. In Santa Barbara Carol was principal of Marymount School for four years. Carol received her BA from Immaculate Heart College and her MA in Religious Studies from UCSB, where she began doctoral studies in confluent education. She suspended work on her dissertation when she and her husband, Michael Terry, served in Uganda for four years as missionaries through the Volunteer Missionary Movement. They developed religious education programs, a married couples leadership training program, and taught at the Lay Helpers' College. Carol helped establish women's leadership training courses in outlying missions to help women learn to read; she taught nutrition, child care, health education, and sewing and crafts that helped to generate income for the family. Returning to the U.S., Carol was employed at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center, then at Bishop Garcia H.S. Single again, Carol continued to pursue her interest in centering prayer and served as the Director of the IHM Center for Spiritual Renewal in Montecito for 13 years. At CSR she developed relationships with individuals and groups that experienced the hospitality of the staff and renewed their spiritual life. Carol also served on several committees of the IHM Community, including Membership and Program. Carol loved to travel, visit relatives and friends, and enjoyed simple pleasures like walking on the beach, reading, listening to music. She made time for private retreats and participated in programs at La Casa de Maria, nurturing her life of prayer and contemplation. As a spiritual director she was guide and friend to many. A gentle woman, Carol possessed a deep sense of gratitude and being blessed by the kindness and generosity of her many friends. Her contacts and friendships spanned decades and distances. She created community wherever she served and graced the lives of all who knew her. With gratitude, the Immaculate Heart Community acknowledges the caring of many in the Santa Barbara community who comforted Carol and accompanied her in her final year and days on earth. Carol is survived by numerous first and second cousins and their children, throughout the United States, all with whom she kept in close contact and loved dearly. A celebration of Carol's life will take place in the Chapel at La Casa de Maria, 800 El Bosque Rd. in Montecito at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 5, followed by a reception and shared memories. The liturgy to celebrate Carol's life will be at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 2060 No. Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles 90027, on Saturday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a final commendation at Calvary Cemetery, 4201 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, 90023, and then luncheon at Luminarias in Monterey Park. To honor the life of Carol Carrig, IHM, donations may be made to Immaculate Heart Community, 5515 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, 2016
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