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Mary “M.L.” Carr (nee Peppers) passed away on December 20, 2018 after a brief illness at Memorial Hospital, of Robbinsdale, MN. She was born on May 27, 1928 in Goodman, Mississippi to the late Northern Peppers, Sr. and Jimmie (Smith). She attended Lanier High School. On February 7, 1945, she married Thomas J. Carr Sr. Mary and “T.J.” had four children: the late Manuel “Manny”; the late Thomas “TJ” Jr.; the late Jerry “Jerome” and Cynthia Carr of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Employed as a teacher’s aide by the Racine Unified School District for 19 years, she went on to retire in 1989. She also served as a local community activist working to improve her neighborhood environment. Mary was a member of her local Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and loved parenting and teaching children. Mary was a longstanding member of New Omega Baptist Church where she served on the Mother’s Board. Over the past six years, Mary also enjoyed participating in activities at the Augustana Open Circle Adult Day Center in North Minneapolis.

Mrs. Carr is survived by her daughter Cynthia Carr of Minneapolis, Minnesota; sister Magnolia Anderson; brothers Frank (Lois) Peppers; Larry Peppers; and John (Janet) Peppers; granddaughters Michelle (Dan) Schneider and Rhonda Carr; great grandchildren Urya (Isiah) Lee and Jeffrey Hiler, Lexis Carr and Dionjae Davis Carr; great-great-grandchildren, Isiah Lee Jr., Noelani Q’narey Hiler, and Isa Lee of Racine, Wisconsin; sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Mrs. Carr was preceded in death by her parents Northern and Jimmie Peppers, Sr. of Goodman, MS; loving husband of 63 years Thomas J. Carr, Sr.; sons Manuel, Thomas “TJ” Jr. and Jerry “Jerome” Carr; siblings Henrene (Frank) Edwards; Ruth (John) Holston; and Northern (Zenobia) Peppers, Jr.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 11:00 New Omega Church, which is located at 5731 Northwestern Avenue. Reverend Fred Richmond will be officiating. The interment will follow at Westlawn Memorial Park. Friends and relatives can meet with the family at the church from 10-11 a.m. Repast at New Omega Church following interment.