Katherine-Mary Carr

May 27, 1963 - May 28, 2009
Katherine-Mary Carr


Katherine Mary (Dillon) Carr passed away May 28, 2009 after a long and very courageous battle with cancer. She was 46 years old.

A woman known to have several nicknames, she was affectionately known to her parents as Katherine Mary, her husband knew her as Kate, her siblings, nieces and nephews called her Katie Mae, lifelong friends knew her as Kathy or “Pickles”. Her children simply called her Mom.

Born in Verdun, France on May 27, 1963 Katherine Mary entered the world with sparkling blue eyes, a warm smile and a pure heart which became her trademark. When she passed recently she continued to have a sparkle in her eyes even after her lengthy battle.

Katie Mae was raised in the small town of Mansfield, MA where she graduated from high school in 1981. While in high school she became a member of the Marching Band where she became lifelong friends with many of the other band mates. Her adventurous spirit took her to the city of London, England where she lived for several years. Upon returning to the States she chose to settle in Wilmington, NC a place she has called home ever since.

Katie Mae worked for Lower Cape Fear Hospice for many years before being diagnosed with cancer. She recognized the challenges she would face and looked at them head on, never backing down and always keeping a positive attitude.

Although she had many favorite activities her true favorite was visiting New England with her husband and children during the fall months thus allowing her family to experience the crisp fall air, colorful foliage, the love of family and of course the annual family trip to the Big Apple.

In the true spirit of her Irish heritage her family and friends were second to none and were by far the most important aspect of her life. She leaves behind a family that has been blessed by her presence, honored by her commitment and awestruck by her courage. At her passing she leaves her beloved husband Terry Carr of Wilmington, NC, her sons Justin Berard of Attleboro, MA, Adam & Kyle Peppard and step daughter Ashley Carr of Wilmington, NC, her loving parents Raymond and Virginia Hayes of Wilmington, NC, Mother-in-law and father-in-law Ida and Gene Harris, sisters Terry Eldridge & husband Bob of Wilmington, NC, Ann Marie Lorenz & husband Dave of Hampstead, NC, Colleen Turcotte & husband Dave of North Attleboro, MA, Courtney Zahner & husband Paul of North Attleboro, MA, her brothers Keith Hayes & wife Marsha of Mansfield, MA, Kevin Hayes & wife Anne of Mansfield, MA, John Dillon of Foxboro, MA and Patrick Dillon and wife Lori of Falmouth, MA., Sisters-in-law-Trina, Teresa, Tonia, Brother-in-law-Tony. In addition she leaves her many cherished nieces and nephews and her new grand-nephew, her many aunts and uncles and in the true Irish tradition a “clan” of cousins and friends.

Katherine Mary Carr – we will honor your legacy, cherish your memory and we will never forget your sparkling blue eyes and warm smile…Rest in Peace.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 1, 2009 at 10:00AM at St. Andrew’s on the Sound, 101 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403.

Please no flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Katie to your favorite charity.

Online condolences may be made to www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • June 03, 2009
    Jim & Evelyn Waseleski says:
    To Ray & Ginny and all of your family. We are so sorry to hear of Kathy's loss. She was so part of our lives and Elaine, Steve & Joan's lives too. Our love and prayers go to all of you Jim and Evelyn Waseleski

  • June 01, 2009
    Beth White says:
    Terry & family, you are certainly in our prayers and thoughts. We trust that you will keep your faith strong in the Lord and He will surely sustain you! Thinking of you! Love, Larry & Beth White

  • June 01, 2009
    The Porch Ladies says:
    We are a special group of friends that will not be able to fill the void that Katie-May has left. Katie-May had such a sparkle in her personality that it was seen every time you looked into those beautiful blue eyes. We have good memories and are fortunate to have known Kate as a true friend. To Kate's family, our appreciation and thanks for sharing her with us. Love to all, Keven, Mary, Nance, and Sissy

  • June 03, 2009
    Bob & Flo Cushman says:
    "I am home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light. All the pain and grief are over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last." Our deepest sympathy to all the family. We send our heartfelt prayers and blessings on your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers always, Robert & Florence (Annese) Cushman (Lorrie's Mom)

  • June 05, 2009
    Stephanie, Laurie, Aaron and Julia Walker says:
    Dear Katie, We are sad to hear that you passed away. When I heard you got sick, I just knew you were going to put up an epic fight. The things I remember about you the most? Your kindness, your fighting spirit, and your determination to get what you wanted in life. I know we weren't close when you passed, but you will always hold a place in my memory. Terry, the Boys and your whole big family are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Katie, you will be missed. Love, Steph x