September 18, 1944 ~ May 15, 2019
Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC
Carol Moore Parker, 74, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the CarePartners Solace Center.
A native of Asheville, Carol was a daughter of the late Harold and Mary Curtis Moore.
Carol was a graduate of Owen High School, and Berea College in Kentucky, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She then earned a master’s degree at the University of South Carolina. Carol formerly taught at Georgia State University, Berea College, Western Carolina University, and at AB-Tech. She returned to patient care in 1983. She worked for St. Joseph/Mission Hospitals, and was instrumental in the beginning of the Wound Care Center.
She was a charter member of Eta Psi, National Honor Society of Nursing, recipient of the Excellence in Nursing Award presented by WNC chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, an international Nursing honor society, Med-Surgical Nurse of the year, Chairman of The NC Joint Practice Committee, member of the NCNA task force revision of the Nurse Practice Act, founding board member of Mountain Area Hospice, recipient of the Whitlock-Lees award from the American Cancer Society, Nurse of the Year, 1992 St Joseph’s for her work in Enterostomal Therapy, member of the Great 100 Nurses in NC, and former leader of The Candlelighters for parents who have children with Cancer. She was also a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church and had been given an Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women.
Surviving are her husband, Tom Parker; daughter, Renee Parker Skiles (Tom) of Denver, NC; grandchildren, Amanda, Lauren, and Tommy; sister, Margaret M. Rusher (Ed); brother, Robert Moore (Sue); and a number of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with the Rev. Kim Wells and Rev. Anne Morgan officiating.
The family will receive friends following the service.
Special thanks to Heather Moore, beloved niece, for her love and devotion during her illness; all the many friends and church family who facilitated her move back to her beloved mountains; and to the entire staff at CarePartners Hospice Solace.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville, NC 28803.