January 9, 1927  -  May 13, 2017


HarperTalasek Funeral Home
500 W. Barton Ave.
Temple, TX  76501
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 PM
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HarperTalasek Funeral Home
500 West Barton Avenue
Temple, TX  76501
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
10:00 AM
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Hillcrest Cemetery
1873 N. 1st Street
Temple, TX  76501
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Our beloved Mother, Esther B. Carr, slipped quietly away on Saturday May 13, 2017. She has joined her 6 siblings, Emilio Gandara, Erasmo Gandara, Erheminia Perez, Eulalia Cruz, Erlinda Garcia, Evengelina Carrizal; daughter Gladys Powell Reisner; and husband Harvey L. Carr in her new Heavenly home as promised by our Lord Jesus Christ.
She was gifted to us all on January 9, 1927 being born to Innocencia and Ildefonso Gandara in Galveston, Texas. Her Father died when she was 10 years old, their lives changing forever. She grew up in Galveston and ended up in El Paso in her early 20`s where she met and married our Dad. His career in the Army kept him away a lot, leaving my mom to care for us all.

She moved to Temple in the early 60’s making a new life for us and meeting awesome lifelong friends along the way. Her life was full of exciting stories from places to include Greece and Bangladesh where she lived for 5 years. She enjoyed all children, exotic pets, music, being outside with a campfire, a glass of red wine, a good cup of coffee in a glass, watching wrestling with the boys, being around friends and family, and sharing and caring for others.

Home was always where MOM was. You could feel her love was real. She smiled to the end and never complained. She will live on in our hearts forever and through the many memories we share.

She will be profoundly missed by all especially her children, daughters ; Loretta Santos-Buch and husband Jorge (Chico), Susan Knobloch and husband Mark, Kathy VanEaton and husband John, sons; Harvey J. Carr and wife Mary Helen, Elifonso Gandara and wife Carolyn, Raymond Carr, Jack Carr and wife Shawn. Her 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grand children are blessed to have known and loved her.

We would like to give special thanks to Dr. Fasolino with Scott and White for his loving care. The caring awesome staff from Park Place Manor in Belton and the loving folks from Kindred Hospice.

Family visitation will be at Harper Talasek Funeral Home in Temple from 6 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor W.C. “Dub” Falsone officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Central Texas, 402 N. Main Street, Belton, Texas 76513.


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  1. Ken Carr
    Seven Bays, WA

    Our deepest sympathies. May god bless!

  2. Joe, Maria & Sara Jimenez
    Round Rock, TX

    Your mom was an Angel. I am blessed to have known her. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  3. Pearl Cruz
    Galveston, TX

    Heaven has gained another angel.. you will definitely be missed Aunt Esther.

  4. Pearl Cruz


  5. Kim Carr Cecotti
    Battle Ground, WA

    Esther was a beautiful lady inside and out. Whenever we visited Texas we were always welcomed with open arms and a meal. She did make your house a home. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Vivian & Mayín Santos-Buch
    Oviedo, FL

    Our deepest sorrow on your loss, she now rests in peace. Love you.

  7. Rosemary Coufal
    Temple, TX

    I heart goes out to the family. We were neighbor back in the 70's and 80's living on main St. She was a great lady, always loved kids, Treated my son (Pokey) like her own. God has a great angel. My prayers are with you.

  8. Angelica Spurlock and Family
    Temple, TX

    Prayers and love for the Carr family but Heaven gained a beautiful Angel..

  9. Jana Waltman
    Myrtle Beach, SC

    So sorry for your loss. Such a comfort to look back on a life well lived.

  10. Catherine Gandara-Patterson
    Texas City, TX

    It is so hard to let someone go who means so much to so many people. Let memories warm our hearts every time we are feeling the loss.
    With deepest sympathy- Catherine Gandara-Patterson

  11. Gary Powell
    Austin, TX

    R.I.P. Esther

  12. Rosemary Cobos
    Temple, TX

    You will be missed by many Mrs Carr, you leave a legacy behind. It will be hard to fill your shoes. To the Carr Family thoughts and prayers in this time of sadness ,rest assured you will see her again .

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