Mary (Reiss) Carr

Mary (Reiss) Carr, 88, Puyallup, Wash., peacefully passed away Jan. 6, 2013, from cardiopulmonary syndrome surrounded by her five children and her husband of 67 years.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, the youngest of seven children of Frederick and Bridget (McTague) Reiss.

Mary was loved and cherished by friends and family alike, and her legacy lives on through her five children: MaryAnn of Puyallup, Wash., Patricia of San Francisco, Calif., Irene and Cathy, both of San Diego, Calif., and Bernard Jr. of Goleta, Calif.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mary was a 1942 graduate of Meyers High School. After working in Washington, D.C., she married Lt. Bernard F. Carr at El Toro U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in California on Dec. 30, 1945. Due to a military housing shortage, Mary and Bernard resided in the Laguna Beach Hotel for their first months of marriage, instilling in Mary a love for Southern California. She raised her children in Altoona and then after 27 years once again returned to Laguna. She enjoyed living in Laguna for 36 years and then more recently joined family in San Diego and finally Puyallup, Wash.

Mary is remembered for her love and devotion to family, elegant grace and style, gentle sweet demeanor and smile, quick wit and political acumen.

She is interred at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Wash.

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