In Loving Memory
It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our dear friend Carolyn Rarey. She and Rusty have been with the Grace Center since the beginning and have continued to be a true blessing to us. Their hands and prayers were always there when we needed them. They believed in us when we were in our infancy as a ministry, and were as dedicated to the dream of the Grace Center as we were as the board of directors. We will always remember their service and the way they committed to our dream as we had. As a special request from the family the Grace Center of Charleston is setting up a special fund in her honor so that we may continue to bless others. To donate in Carolyn’s honor click here. These funds will be used to provide resources to the Grace Center so that we can continue to offer most of our workshops and days of prayer without charge. Some funds may be used to provide class materials for those that may not be able to afford them on their own. We are grateful for everything that Carolyn has done for us, and rejoice with her in spirit as she is welcomed home.
Carolyn Gilmore Rarey, 71, of Summerville, SC passed away on Tuesday April 10, 2018 after a courageous nine-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Carolyn was born on January 8, 1947 to the late Carolyn Markovich Gilmore Henik and Marshall Muir Gilmore in Berwyn, Illinois and grew up in Gary, Indiana.
She graduated from Andrean High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech Therapy from Purdue University and a Master’s of Science in Elementary Education from Duquesne University.
Carolyn was the eldest of three daughters, and is preceded in death by her sister, Marsha Gilmore Wozniak (Michael) and survived by her sister, Margaret Gilmore Finnerty (Michael) and sister-in-law, KC Bradley.
Carolyn is also survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Charles “Rusty” Russell Rarey, daughters Rebecca Trudeau (Edward) and Deborah Lindstrom (Gregory); son Charles “Chip” Rarey (Meredith); and seven grandchildren, Charles and Alexa Rarey, Rachel and Cassandra Trudeau, Erik and Kyle Lindstrom, and Lauren Theil.
Carolyn was a speech therapist and later taught elementary school in both Pittsburgh, PA and Akron, OH, where she also raised her family, before moving to Carmel, IN, then to New Albany, IN and finally to Summerville, SC.
Carolyn had always been active in her church community with involvement in small groups, as well as with various volunteer efforts, including food pantry and marriage education.
She will be remembered for her hospitality, generous spirit, unconditional love, amazing courage, strength, and unwavering faith.