October 4, 1960 ~ December 9, 2018

Born in: Northern California,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Karen Carr passed away at home on Sunday, December 9, 2018, during the biggest snowstorm she had yet to see in Asheville. She was surrounded by her wife, older brother, three kitties, one basset hound and a room warm with Christmas cheer. Originally from Northern California, Karen moved to Asheville in 2011 and was a resident of the historic Montford neighborhood. She loved Asheville - she loved the spirit here, the caring people, the four seasons, the beauty, and most of all, the slower pace. Born October 4, 1960, Karen was the youngest child and only daughter of Theodore Carr and Lois Millar Carr. Adored by four very active older brothers, Karen grew up loving the outdoors - and with her brothers and parents spent many summer months camping in California's coastal redwoods. Karen had a huge heart and an endless joy for life - whether it was caring for her menagerie of rescue pets, hiking on the Parkway, getting lost on an Italian back road, or taking just one more ride at Space Mountain, Karen was happiest having one more "adventure." Her friends and family will always remember her wonderful smile and the sparkle in her eyes. Karen is survived by her wife and partner of 18 years, Suzanne Colwell, and her devoted brother, Robert Carr and his family, as well as her brothers Russ and Wayne Carr. She preferred not to have a memorial or service, but would be touched if she knew her friends and family were celebrating her in the way that gave them their most joy. She did not want flowers, but if you would like to donate to your favorite animal rescue in her name, we know she would be proud. Karen has taught all of us a lesson that we will not soon forget: "Don't Postpone Joy!" Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline
  • Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, gif.
  • Hidden
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


  1. Dear Suzanne,
    Beth and I are heartbroken to learn of Karen’s death. Although we never had a chance to know her well it was obvious that she was, indeed, a bright ray of light. A strong and gentle woman,the world is a lesser place with her passing.

    Carrying you in our hearts,

    Nan and Beth

  2. Dear Family,
    During this time of sorrow, may you find comfort in God’s promise that he is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18. May happy memories of Karen Carr be with you always.


Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook