Mary Lynne Carr of Venice, Florida passed away on January 11, 2021.
Born on November 5, 1934 to Nelson and Grace (Foster) Hopkins in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Mary went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tulsa and a Master’s of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She had a fulfilling career in education that spanned 30 years. Mary taught in public and private schools and worked as a librarian, primarily on the college and university level. She was a proud faculty member at the University of Wisconsin and Manatee Community College. After retirement, she worked as a Volunteer Project Coordinator for the Venice High School Foundation and prepared successful grad applications for the high school. She was actively involved in various educational programs of the Venice Presbyterian Church.
Mary had many accomplishments throughout her life. She had reviews of children’s literature, and college and university reference books, published nationwide. As a member of the American Library Association, she was elected to the Newbery-Caldecott Awards Selection Committee for the most distinguished books in children’s literature. Mary was cited in Who’s Who in Librarianship and Information Science.
Mary leaves behind her beloved children: Steven Carr of Orlando, Florida and Cathleen Carr of Montclair, New Jersey. She also leaves behind her sister Nora K. Hopkins of Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as three grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.
She is predeceased by her beloved mother, Grace Hopkins, and sister Elizabeth S. Martin.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a contribution in Mary’s name to the Venice Presbyterian Church Fund.