Mary Louise Carr

Dec 24, 1945 - Dec 4, 2019


We honor the life, the legacy, and the memory of Mary Louise Carr, who was a wife, sister, aunt, mother, grand-mother, and great grand-mother.

Mary Louise was born on December 24, 1945 to Essie Henry and Herbert Thompson at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA.

As a young adult, Mary went to Merritt College in Oakland CA. and majored in Business Financing. Because she was raised by her Great Aunt Berta through most of her childhood, Mary always had a heart for those in need, especially children, so she began mentoring young women and eventually raising & fostering children in need of a loving home. She touched many lives as a young adult, taking in her cousins, friends, and other young women, teaching them life and business skills while also helping them in their natural growth.

Mary had always wanted to have children of her own but was told as a young adult that her body would not be able to produce children. Being a true woman of faith since giving her heart to the Lord in 1966, Mary prayed to the Lord that she would be able to bear children, and He answered her prayers, sending her three children to this Earth from her womb.

In 1985, Mary met her soulmate, Roger Robert Carr, at a young growing church in San Leandro, CA. and from there, were inseparable until the Lord called her home to the Gates of Heaven to be next to Him and her ancestors. Their beautiful and strong union of 34 years was a match made from Heaven above, where they both continued her hearts passion of caring for young women in need. As a professional Business Woman herself, Mary worked for California Check Cashing when they were a very small business and for 8 years, helped them grow into a large thriving enterprise with many stores all over Northern California.

Mary was known for her cooking! She was a fantastic cook and cooked with love and passion like no other! When going to visit with Mrs. Mary, everyone knew they were going to be treated to a feast, so they always planned for a full day’s visit, enjoying the warm hospitality provided because of her passion for serving others.

Mary was also known for her fashion, just like her mother Essie. She was a sharp dresser as she always believed that looking your very best was a sign of confidence, and she wore her confidence with a passion and made sure that all of her children followed suit. Her favorite color was Red, as to Mary it signified the Blood of Jesus, and so in all of her décor, the color red was woven in beautifully so no matter where you stood in her home, you knew you were covered by His blood.

She was active in her community, and at a time, worked for former Congressmen Pete Starks of California’s 13th Congressional District in Alameda County. There were so many things that Mary Louise Carr had completed which could not be written about, but they are forever written in the pages of God’s Book of Life.

Mary is survived by her loving husband Roger Robert Carr, siblings on her Father’s side Jeanette August, Rosanne Douglas, Melissa Ivy, Faye August, Clarissa Taylor, Michael August, siblings on her Mother’s side Leroy Partee, Tommy “Bobby” Partee, Ellen Hill, Charles Thompson, soul-sister and cousin Lois Hamilton, daughter Debra Moore, son Larry L. McCain Jr., daughters Quennetta L. McCain & La Tarria T. McCain, daughter-in-law Dinah G. McCain, Grandchildren Traimaine Biagas, Anthony Matthews, Jessica Scharffenberg, Joseph Williams, Leonard Terry Johnson, Anthony Gonzales, Bryttanie Gonzales, Gabriel Gonzales , Jordan McCain, La Tarjah McCain, Jayden McCain, Great-Grandchildren Chanta Biagas, Nas Biagas, Xavier L. Maita, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, brother-in-law’s, sister-in-law’s, and other “adopted” children and grandchildren.

We love you Mary, Louise, Mom, and Grandma! We are so happy that you have shed these old earthly garments, and instead, are living in eternal radiance! We know you are singing and dancing in His presence and that brings us great joy! We look forward to celebrating the legacy you left here on Earth and we look forward to the day we get to see you once again!


  • Gabriel says:

    Mama you will always be in my heart and everyday I think about you. I remember all of our dates we would have and a long conversations on the phone. I love you with all my heart. You have made me into the man I am today.

  • Mommy you will always be in our hearts and we miss you so much. You’re now a beautiful angel with God and grandma. I love you so much❤️🕊

  • Freda Brown says:

    Seeing you go to visit my mom broke my heart the memories we shared when I was younger priceless and I will never forget you taught me to be the person I am today and I thank u I know me and Quennetta gave you the blues some days but you still loved us the same it’s sad that I can’t call you just to hear speak the word of the day to me I know god was ready for u to come to his kingdom and that’s why your not hear keep looking after us rest easy momma Mary 😘🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

  • Wanda says:

    My sweetest memory will be of re-connecting with Louise after 30+ years. She was as sweet as always, welcomed me, hugged me. She had a spread of wonderful home-cooked food and desserts. We reminisced and laughed, talked about some things from the past. She was a beautiful example of how a believer and prayer warrior should carry themselves. We will miss her physical presence; but, Louise will always be with her loved ones in spirit.

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