Janet S. Carr, 75

School crossing guard

May 04, 2007

Janet Smith Carr, a retired school crossing guard, died Sunday at her daughter's West Baltimore home. She was 75.

Born and raised in Accomack County in Virginia, Janet Smith moved to Baltimore in 1951.

She took nursing training at Carver Vocational-Technical High School and briefly worked at the former Rosewood State Hospital before becoming a city schools crossing guard.

She worked for 27 years at Franklin Square Elementary School at Saratoga and Stricker streets before retiring in 1988.

"She loved everybody and all the children loved her," said son-in-law Thomas A. Coplin. "She was optimistic, upbeat and positive."

Her husband of 46 years, George W.W. Carr, died in 1996, and she later moved into the Allendale senior citizen residence.

She also joined the Creigler Golden Age Club, enjoyed playing bingo and traveled extensively.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Mount Hebron Baptist Church, 2651 W. North Ave., where she was a member and secretary of the missionary board.

Survivors include three sons, Walter W. Carr of San Diego and George E. Carr and Kenneth M. Carr, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Jacqueline Coplin of Baltimore; her mother, Rosie M. Smith of Baltimore; two brothers, Milton Smith and William Smith, both of Baltimore; four sisters, Mary Bundick of Accomack County, Helen Freeman of Boston, Rose Ann Washington of Baltimore and Bernice Cloud of Columbia, S.C.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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