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In Tribute of Fred and Muriel Carr
Fred Carr and Muriel Lax grew up in the northeast of England. They were married on February 1, 1958 and after a full and adventurous life took their leave two weeks short of their sixty-third wedding anniversary. Over those many years they touched and influenced the lives of countless others. Fred was a mining engineer, responsible for ensuring that the mineshafts and tunnels of England's deep coal mines did not collapse. Thanks to his patented, revolutionary system of roof control, coal mines throughout the world are safer for the countless miners that work underground. Muriel worked as a beautician until their children, Michael and Andrew, were born in the early sixties, when she became a full-time mother, the role she was born for. She lived for her children and then her grandchildren, first, she was “Mum” and then she became “Nana”, her favorite.
In 1978, the family emigrated to the United States, settling in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where Fred continued his mining career at Jim Walter Resources in Brookwood. Over the next fifteen years, they helped many members of their family relocate to the United States. Those family members had babies and those babies grew up and had babies of their own, Today, there are twenty-three souls who owe Fred and Muriel for their presence in the United States.
As the patriarch and matriarch of the growing family tree, they established the traditions that all families need to keep them connected. The highlight of every holiday season was gathering at Fred and Muriel’s for Boxing Day, a traditional English celebration that occurs on the day after Christmas. It was an evening of laughter, celebration, hilarious party games and Muriel’s famous trifle.
Everyone was welcome in their home and an expected shout of, “hellooo”, as you entered was immediately echoed by Muriel or Fred and often both. They were warm, generous people who expected little and gave everything.
A fatal car crash ended the lives of this gracious, loving couple. Though tragic in nature, their passing was an inevitability for which they had prepared. As they entered their golden years, they thoughtfully made provisions and plans for those who would remain when they departed. Always the realist, Fred would often say, “I’ve got five good years left”. He’d been saying this for the last fifteen years.
Muriel and Fred lived for their family and friends. They never missed an opportunity to help those in need, to console those in grief, or to celebrate the joys and achievements of all. They will leave a giant hole in the lives of many but through their love, humility and selflessness they showed us how to fill that void and build on the legacy they left.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, February 1, 2021 at Magnolia Chapel South at 4:00 pm
Topic: Celebration of Life for Fred & Muriel Carr
Time: Feb 1, 2021 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 810 5191 4180