Anna Lorraine Carr
August 24, 1918 - October 29, 2020
Anna "Lorraine" Carr was born August 24, 1918 in Loverna, Saskatchewan, Canada to Robert & Ethel McConnell both United States citizens. Her family moved to Mercer, Wisconsin when she was 7 years old. Lorraine graduated from Rhinelander High School in Wisconsin in 1936. After graduation Lorraine moved to Chicago and worked in the finance office of the Army 6th Service Command. She married Ensign Ron Carr on August 21, 1943 and followed him to the west coast until he was reassigned to sea duty.
After the war, Ron began working for General Electric (GE) and was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska. Lorraine wasn't content with staying home, so she began work as a secretary for a CPA and volunteered her time at her Church. She also was the recording secretary for the area's Rotary Club which she held for 9 years.
After 13 years Ron was transferred to Davenport, Iowa. Once in Davenport Lorraine decided to go to cosmetology school and after graduation was hired as an instructor a the cosmetology school. From 1969 to 1981 Lorraine was very active with the Iowa Cosmetology Association and held various positions before becoming the Association's State President. Another of Ron's transfers took Lorraine to Des Moines, Iowa where she became a Registered Lobbyist a the State Legislature helping improve the laws and education requirements for the cosmetology profession. As President of the NHCA of Iowa, Lorraine attended the National Convention; one of several highlights was have breakfast at the White House during the Carter Administration, as well as having her picture taken with President Ford when the convention was held in San Francisco.
After Ron's retirement from GE, they moved to Wickenburg joining her mother, Ethel McConnell, sister Ila Kerkes and nieces Ronna and Linda. It wasn't long before Lorraine was back volunteering again having joined Las Senoras, Los Caballeros Western Museum and the Redeemer Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Las Senoras Board and Treasurer for over 10 years and during that time; her skills in making crafts were put to good use at the crafts fairs during the Home Tour events. Eventually Lorraine had to discontinue her museum activities because of her decline in hearing.
On March 29, 2006, Lorraine's beloved husband of 63 years passed away. Lorraine continued to maintain their home in Country Club Estates and kept busy teaching water aerobics and volunteering at her Church, getting coffee ready for the following day service.
In 2012 Lorraine made the decision to move into My Father's Retirement Ranch, keeping busy playing dominoes and partaking in various activities at the Ranch.
On August 24, 2018, Lorraine began her second century of living life to the fullest. A celebration of 100 years of active living was held at the home of Linda and Tony Melendez in Wickenburg.
On October 29, 2020, Anna Lorraine Carr passed away peacefully with family by her side. Aunt Lorraine requested no funeral. Her ashes will be interred at a later date.