Carol Lee Carpenter

August 8th, 1942 – August 3rd, 2019

Carol Lee Carpenter, born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on August 8th, 1942, passed away Saturday, August 3rd, 2019, in McLean, Virginia, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s that had more moments of grace and humor than anyone could hope to expect. Carol had a vibrant life teaching, providing education counseling to members of the military and helping young adults enter college, volunteering on at least three continents, showing her children how to be adults who add rather than subtract, providing a startling number of unexpected happily confused smiles, poking her younger siblings, and making her husband as happy as he made her while still keeping him on his toes. This is, obviously, not a complete accounting of Carol’s life.

Her life will be celebrated Wednesday, August 14th, at the St. Ignatius Loyola Chapel of Holy Trinity Church, in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC.  Visitation will begin at 9:30 am with a Mass celebration at 10:30. There will be a reception to follow on the parish premises. Should you wish to demonstrate your appreciation of what Carol gave you, and in lieu of flowers, please donate to the second charity that comes to your mind when you wonder what modest action might make the world a better, happier place and/or The Alzheimer’s Association.

11 Responses to Carol Lee Carpenter

  1. Sarah Jurecka says:

    Thanks Carpenter family! This is beautiful. We will be there

  2. Jeffrey Rasmussen says:

    Lovely lady and family !! These photos testify to the great life and love you all had.

  3. Jon Wolford says:

    This is a beautiful testimony and the pictures are wonderful. It helps me understand why Anne is so awesome. May this time be filled with love and remembrance.

  4. Karen Trainor says:

    A lovely lady, she looks like she had a great life. Wishing you peaceful thoughts and prayers.

  5. Jacquie Amacher says:

    So many fond memories I’m not sure where to start. Aunt Carol, Uncle Bobby, Annie and Tito were family to me growing up. Aunt Carol always opened her home graciously and with intellectually stimulating conversation and fun. My childhood memories are filled with her presence and big spirit. Much love, Jacquie Neville Amacher

  6. Mick and Rita Taylor says:

    Thank you for the perfect words and pics of Carol’s life. A life well lived. Precious memories.
    Rita and Mick

  7. Arlene and David Christian says:

    We’ll be there and thanks so much for sharing family photos from happy moments in your wonderful life together. I’ll always be glad that Carol’s spirit and wisdom was part of our meditation experience at Missionhurst.
    Arlene Christian

  8. Delores Fischer-Jenkins says:

    Annie, prayers of comfort to you and your family during this time of transition. May the memories of the happy times you spent with your dear mother alway remain in your heart.


  9. Joan Reimann says:

    Anne, wishing you peace at this time as you remember the wonderful moments that made your Mom special. It seems that she had a full life and enriched others lives around the world. May you and your family find joy in your memories.

  10. Esther Drourr says:

    Anne and Family

    Prayers and good thoughts to you and your family in remembering your wonderful Mother. Anne you look just like her, beautiful, you are as gracious and loving as she, what a wonderful legacy she leaves you. She is with you, reach up, she is there.

  11. Charilyn Cowan says:

    What a lovely tribute for Anne’s Mom . . . as lovely as I hope this day will be for family and friends gathering to celebrate the life of such a beautiful, accomplished, giving and loving lady. I am sorry I cannot be with you but send my thoughts and prayers that her young spirit lives on within and around you, inspiring your lives in ways you may not yet imagine.

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