Carolyn (Carrie) Gilbert Murty (Luhrs) Leanos, born September 10, 1938, passed away in Orlando, FL, on October 8, 2020, in the home of and under the loving care of her sister, Mary Jane Slay.
Carrie was born in Greenwich, CT to her late parents, John Joseph Murty, Jr. and Jane G. Grissler Murty Barnes. She graduated from Greenwich High School in 1956. In her early years, Carrie spent the summers on Island Beach (Greenwich), CT, with her sister Mary Jane, aunts Helen Keogh (who was a nurse at Island Beach) and May Olin, and cousins. As a young adult, Carrie worked as a telephone operator on a switchboard with party lines in Greenwich. In 1957, she married Fred Luhrs and moved multiple times as Fred followed his career, living in New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Ohio, Puerto Rico, and California, birthing a child in each of the first four states. In 1975 Carrie and Fred were divorced. While raising her children in California, Carrie volunteered in the Girl Scouts of America as a consultant in Fountain Valley. In Riverside, she worked with the Boy Scouts of America as a communications chairman in Riverside.
After moving to California, she worked many jobs, including several secretarial positions for Occidental Research Corp. in Irvine. In 1980, she went to work for Toro Co. Irrigation Division in Riverside as a general assembler on the large gear head line. Carrie moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, in 1986, to be closer to her mother and sister. She went to work for Biscayne Engineering Co. as office manager. Carrie was married to Joe Leanos from 1977 to 1999. From 1991-2004, Carrie worked as assistant administrator at St. Andrew’s Residence, retiring at age 65. Her last job was at Consulate Health Care WPB as a receptionist from 2004-2014.
Carrie was a devoted and loving mother, and was deeply proud of her children. She is survived by her children Michael Luhrs (Laurie) of Van Nuys, CA, Karen Campbell (Bruce) of Eureka, CA, Patrick Luhrs (Jeanette) of Redding, CA, and Thomas Luhrs (Cheryl) of West Palm Beach, FL., and her step-children, Danny Leanos (Monica) of Mesa, AZ, and Ramona Parent (Dennis) of Corona, CA. Carrie is also survived by her ten grandchildren, Rebekah Genovise (Frank), Matthew Luhrs, Jennifer Luhrs, Elijah Luhrs, Isaac Luhrs, Arabella Luhrs, Bethany Dean (Aaron), Havilah Deaton, Casey Luhrs, and Amber McNitt (Jordan), as well as eight great-grandchildren. In addition, Carrie is survived by her faithful and attentive sister, Mary Jane Slay, and Carrie’s nephews, Kevin Slay (Heather) of Bakersfield, CA, and Lloyd Slay of Orlando, FL.
In addition to her parents, Carrie is predeceased by her infant son Matthew and her former husband, Fred Luhrs.
Carrie had a multitude of interests, including tent camping, bowling, reading, and needlecraft. She enjoyed going to the zoo often and gathering with her family, as well as caring for her dog, and later her cat, both named Moo. At Carrie’s request, her ashes will be scattered in the Atlantic Ocean. She
has requested that there be no memorial service. Her family will gather at a later date to celebrate her life. Cremation services are being provided by Newcomer Funeral Home of Orlando, FL. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to may make a contribution to their local zoo in Carrie’s memory.
All of her conversations with family would always close with her tag to our “I love you” with “I love you MORE!”. As we remember her, we are reminded, it is
God who loves us MOST!
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