Carol Marr Rankin, age 86, passed away Wednesday January 3, 2018 at Bayou Pines Nursing Center. She was born on June 29, 1931 in Galveston, Texas. She graduated from Ball High School in 1948. She attended the University of Colorado where she met and married the father of her children, E.E. Lonabaugh. She loved Galveston Island and walking on the beach collecting sea shells. She loved to swim and she also taught swimming at the YMCA, Trinity School and private lessons. She loved to cook and her specialties were fried chicken and fried shrimp. Her family was her life. She was a loving Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She even treated other children as her own and was affectionately called “NaNa” by all who knew her. She was of the Catholic faith and was very involved in church activities. She shared her faith and spirit with everyone she came in touch with. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents Dr. William Lewis and Carol Willits Marr; brother Dr. William Marr, III; son Robert Alger Lonabaugh; and grandson Robert Lamar Posey.
She is survived by her children, William Marr Lonabaugh and wife Ruth Baldwin, Lonnie Lonabaugh and wife Margot, and Carol (CiCi) Landry; grandchildren, Matthew(Naoko), Christopher(Heidi), Eugene(Korina), Sarah(Fernando) and Keith; great-grandchildren, Aika, Yuuka, Chloe, Mikayla, Connor and Sebastian; sisters-in-law Sue Marr and Peggy Wood; niece and nephew Ann Elfstrom and William (Billy) Marr IV and wife Jody; special friends Karen and Terry Jones; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018 at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home at 6:00 P.M., with a Rosary to begin at 7:00 P.M., with Deacon Sam Dellolio officiating. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Father Orrin Halepeska officiating.
The family would like to express a special thanks to Mainland Medical Center ER and ICU Staff, Drs’ Armstrong, Cantu and Patel, Guy Nelson, NP, and the staff of Bayou Pines Care Center for their kindness and care during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I am free. I’m following the path God laid out for me. I took his hand when I heard him call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that peace at the close of the day. If my passing has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Ah…yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much. Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me. God wanted me now; He set me free.