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.


Memorial Service: June 5, 2019 4:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Visitation: June 5, 2019 4:45 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. She was my dear roommate at Berea for 3 years and friend forever. I will always miss and love her. Love and prayers for her dear Tom too!

  2. Tom, my dear friend of more than 60 years, I so sympathize with you. The loss of Carol is the loss of a truly great lady, a fun friend to be around both personally and intellectually, your soulmate and a nursing mentor to Denese for so many years. We loved her and will miss her as we pray for continued strength for you.

  3. The dearest most thoughtful friend. Special, special lady. Lived out “Love thy neighbor”. Carol was pure love and care. So fortunate to call her friend since 1973.

    • Worked with Carol many years. Such a sweet person and a wonderful nurse. Thank-you for sharing her with us. ❤

  4. It was an honor to know her. Unfortunately, we will be unable to attend her service as Bruce is having surgery the day before.

  5. I’ve loved this woman a long time. We were in church work together and had so much fun. I visited her school of nursing in Brea and sent her some pictures of the new facility, she loved it. We nurses never forget those days. I’m glad she is at peace now and I want to send a big hug to Tom, the best husband in the world!!!

  6. Dear family, as the pathway of earth opened to Hevens Gates, so entered the Soul and Spirit of a great lady who lived for the Lord. Now may you know that the God of all Comfort will Bless and keep you.

  7. Tom, Hard to find the words but you know how much Carol meant to me. I realized during the night that I had known Carol for 46 years as my mentor and friend. I will miss her and so will the nursing profession. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care of yourself, she would want you too! Much love my friend, Denese

  8. TOM
    Losing Carol and “Fashion” so close together…..a large loss. What a special lady Carol was to everyone that knew her! The two of you had so much love! I so appreciated all she did for my Mom at work and home, she will be missed for every reason we could think of.
    Do take care of YOU! She would want that! Our love and prayers. Susan Maney Andrew and Dewey Andrew.

  9. Tom and Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Carol was an amazing woman, nurse, and mentor. She was always kind and compassionate. She loved to help others grow and develop. She was the epitome of a professional nurse. I was fortunate to talk with her by phone several months ago and catch up after all these years. Sending blessings of peace and grace.

  10. Carol will be missed for her knowledge and expertise in the treatment of wounds and Enterostomal therapy! If you were ever unsure of what to do, you called Carol! I enjoyed working along side her for several years! I know she will be missed in her family and friends also! Carol will always be a very special person and nurse!

  11. I didn’t know she was sick, would have loved to speak with her, she was the consummate teacher as well as provider of meticulous nursing care. She taught at my nursing school, Ga State, after I’d already graduated. But she became friends with my darling Aunt Memi, also a professor there and made the connection right away! She always remembered her to me, Carol was thoughtful like that, and I will always remember her brilliance and kindness! Rest in peace dear Carol, may flights of Angels sing you to your rest…

  12. Tom, So sorry for your loss of our dear Carol. What a wonderful person she was.
    Sending love and thoughts to you and your family.

    Myra Ramsey

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tom! My Mom and Dad loved you guys and were so fortunate to have you as neighbors several years ago.

  14. As a 1975 nursing graduate from AB Tech, I would love to share sweet memories of Carol as she lead so many in my class and others through to becoming better nurses. Thank you my friend.

  15. Carol was a good classmate and friend while at Owen together. Tony and Anne were in her class. I knew her as a peer while nursing at St. Joseph’s and the Mission Health. She was always a lady in appearance and demeanor. I admired her! I didn’t know she was sick and am sorry to have missed her in these final days.

  16. Tom and family,
    Carol and I worked together for many years at SJ/Mission plus she was a great help with my Dad’s care. Just an awesome nurse, teacher and such a caring person. She certainly gave to all she came in contact with and set a high standard for those of us privileged to know and work with her.
    Sincere thoughts and prayers.

  17. I know Carol from when she worked in the Wound Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She was such an inspiration. She was a healer, an educator, and a mentor. She made such a positive impact in so many lives. God bless. I know she will be missed.

  18. What a precious person, fabulous nurse and just a great lady! I know that she will be missed by so many. But, we will see her again! May God give you His grace and peace and comfort, for this time and in the days to come.

  19. Tom,
    What a remarkable lady that I have had the honor of knowing! She was such a special nurse that truly cared for her patients and was such a great teacher. I loved her so much. She was instrumental in my career as a WOC Nurse. Prayers for you and the family.

  20. Carol was such a wonderful nurse and mentor to me while I worked on 7 north many years ago. She taught me many wound care tips and how to be empathetic to my patients. May God bless her family and know how much she was loved and appreciated.

  21. Tom,
    I am so saddened for your loss. I didn’t know Carol was sick. Carol was a wonderful person. She was loved and appreciated by all. I know she will be missed. I worked with her for many years on 7 north. She was certainly an asset to that unit. Sincere thoughts and prayers.

  22. Tom, was so surprised to see this. Praying for you. Been a lot of years. I see you’re a grandfather and I’m sure you are very proud. When you’re up to it, would love to see you. My husband and I own Candler Feed and Seed, so please come out and visit.

  23. Our family treasured the times we had with Tom and Carol at Lake James. With much love the Trammel Family.

  24. Tom and Family,
    I worked with Carol when she worked in wound care and later she cared for my mother in-law and father in-law. She always had a smile on her face and sweet words of encouragement! The care and dignity she showed to my in-laws will never be remembered very fondly. Gone too soon but never forgotten!

  25. Dear Tom & Family,
    It was my sincere honor and pleasure to know Carol for so many years as a Mentor, Co-worker , and Shining Light in this world. I am thankful & blessed for her presence in my life.
    May you feel the prayers & love sent to you & your family.
    Lisa Mumpower

  26. I knew Carol first at Berea College School of Nursing; after I graduated, I had the pleasure of being one of Carol’s instructors in her senior year. Several years later, I took a class at MAHEC and Carol was my instructor. I saw her frequently in her work at St. Joseph and the Wound Care Center. She was truly a shining light every time you saw her. She was a beautiful person and treated her patients with love and a great sense of dignity and caring. I pray that the memories you made with her will sustain you in the coming days

  27. Carol was a very special person,so caring & thoughtful of everyone!! She always took an interest to everyone around her & brighten up the room with her sweet personality.My thoughts & prayers go out to Tom in his loss.

  28. Tom: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have so many fond memories of Carol from our days at New Hope Presbyterian Church. She was special.

  29. Tom, We saw a friend of Carol’s, a medical case worker, in the pulmonary unit with Bonnie while in hospital. She loved Carol dearly and wept at the loss. Carol is deeply loved by all the extended family that has known her. Thank God we will see her again! We miss her and grieve with you….

  30. Words are inadequate to describe the professional and personal life this wonderful woman embodied. She made a lifelong impact on all who knew her. I am so very grateful for her time at MAHEC, the commitment she made to nurses and nursing, the love in her tender care for patients, and her devotion to her family, friends, and her faith. There will only be one Carol Parker. She was truly a gift.

  31. Carol and I were classmates at Berea and roommates in Louisville, KY for our first job after graduation.
    She was a true friend, the kind you didn’t see or even talk to often but knew would be there for you when you needed her wisdom and love. Thank you Tom for loving and caring for her. And thanks for bringing her back to her beloved mountains. We will miss her.

  32. Prayers for you Tom, in the earthly loss of such a spectacular woman and nurse. Carol embodied the heart of nursing, and it was such a delight to be able to see her, and work with her at church. She was one amazing person, and will be missed by many people.

  33. Tom,
    We are so very sorry for your loss of such a precious lady.
    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you.
    It was our pleasure to have Carol in our colon cancer support group. We didn’t have much time with her but it didn’t take a lot of time to love her sweet spirit.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Eva White
    John Miller Colon Cancer Support Group

  34. Tom,
    The service today was beautiful and it was obvious Carol present. What a fabulous person!
    I will continue to pray for you as you adapt to your new normal.
    Kind regards,
    Anne Kennedy

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