TALLAHASSEE, FL Mrs. Anne Elizabeth Schoenoff Cary, 92, passed away December 21, 2018, at the Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House in Tallahassee, FL. On the winter's solstice, she peacefully ended her long journey with Alzheimer's in the compassionate care and love of God, her family, and the Hospice staff. Born on July 6, 1926, to Gilbert and Esther Schoenoff in Chattanooga, TN, Anne was the oldest of four children and raised in Menomonie, WI and Blue Island, IL. Following high school, she graduated from Thornton Junior College and received a scholarship to the University of Illinois, where she earned her degree in home economics, graduating with high honors. She received the Iota Sigma Pi Prize in Chemistry and the Omicron Nu Plaque in Home Economics. She used those credentials to work for the University of Chicago at the Food Research Institute before becoming a wife to Jack and the mother of seven. Anne met the love of her life, John James "Jack" Cary, while at Thornton Junior College. They were married on December 4, 1948, at her family home. Jack's work with World Book relocated their family several times before settling in Greensboro, NC in 1970. There Anne remained active with her family, church activities, community volunteering, and her lifelong love of music. She was given a piano by her grandfather as a child, which moved with her her entire life, and she sang alto in her church choirs. Anne and Jack made it a priority to share their love of music with their children, who have also become lifelong musicians. In addition, she loved to walk, drink three glasses of milk a day, crossword puzzles, a good mystery novel, belly laughs, and her family pets. Anne was a compassionate and kind soul, believing that every person was important. She and Jack delivered Meals on Wheels, drove people to and from medical appointments, and received the 1995 Guilford County Volunteer Plaque for exemplifying the spirit of volunteering. After caring for their son Paul, who died of AIDs in 1990, Anne and Jack dedicated themselves to helping others with this disease through the Triad Health Project in NC. The world is a better place because she lived and loved. She is survived by six children: Charles Cary (Joyce) of Mocksville, NC, Marjorie Cary of Tallahassee, FL, Barbara Anderson (Henry) of Kenai, AK, Susan Parsons (Stan) of Tallahassee, FL, Kathryn Cary (Clay) of Greensboro, NC, and John Cary of Baldwin, Fl. Anne was "Grandma" to four grandchildren: Brian Anderson (DeAnna), G.David Anderson (Crystal), Nicholas Parsons, and Kathryn Willow Parsons, as well as her six great-grandchildren: Ella, Jackson, Maddie, Luke, Erik, and Gregory. She will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, and their families. Anne is predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Jack, their oldest twin son Paul David Cary, both parents, and her siblings Dorothy, Gretchen, and John. There will be a memorial service at a later date at the her home church, the Congregational United Church of Christ, in Greensboro, NC. The family would like to thank the loving staff at the Hospice House as well as many caring health care workers and volunteers in Tallahassee for their care the last ten years. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House in Tallahassee, any health care organization for those in need, or Humane Societies.

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