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Betty Carr

CHESTER -- Betty Stepp Carr, 79, died Saturday, March 15, 2008, at Chester Regional Medical Center, from complications of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

Her life will be celebrated and honored at 3 p.m. today at Bethel United Methodist Church, with Pastor Judson King officiating.

Born May 20, 1928, in Martin County, Ky., to the late Curtis and Tessie Stepp, she had been a resident of Chester since 1955, when her husband, the late W.R. "Bob" Carr accepted a position with Ralston Purina. She was an accomplished homemaker, devoted wife and mother,and tireless volunteer and community leader. She established the Girl Scouts in Chester and served as a troop leader for 10 years and was a member of and held several offices in the Dogwood Garden Club and Diversity Study Club. An avid bridge player with a wide array of talents and interests, including painting and needlework, she began a career in government service in her forties, culminating in a lengthy tenure with the United States Department of Natural Resources Soil Conservation Service. She was extremely active in Bethel UMC, where she was superintendent of Church School; served on the Council of Ministries, the Administrative Board and the Parish Relations Committee; was a member of the Maggie Holroyd Circle and the Pete Wylie Sunday School Class; and served as president and secretary of the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan Carr of Atlanta, Ga., and Mary Beth Carr of Aiken, S.C.; a sister-in-law, Jean Carr of Sarasota, Fla.; two brothers, Howard Stepp of Grove City, Ohio and Herman Stepp of Columbus, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; and many friends, all of whom were enriched by her loving spirit and warmed by her radiant smile.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in her memory be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 179 Columbia St., Chester, SC 29706 or Bethel UMC, P.O. Box 751, Chester, SC 29706.