Julia Ann Scott Carell

July 18, 1935August 20, 2012

CARELL, Julia Ann Scott 1935-2012. Ann Scott Carell died after a short illness on the 20th of August 2012 in Nashville, TN, surrounded by her family. She was born on the 18th of June 1935 in Nashville, the daughter of the late Alton Brooks Scott and Julia Lyle Scott and sister of the late Shirley Scott Lance. Mrs. Carell was married for 52 years to the late Monroe J. Carell, Jr. She graduated from West High School in Nashville and Stephens College in Columbia, MO, and earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. As a wife, mother and grandmother, Ann Carell was devoted, loyal, encouraging and supportive, bringing both grace and strength to her many roles. She loved raising her children; she was devoted to her sister; and she was a tender caregiver to her mother. Mrs. Carell enjoyed tennis and bridge, and she was a true lifelong learner. At 65, she returned to piano lessons after a long absence and practiced regularly. She acquired a new puppy named Juliette and always had a ready story for friends about Juliette’s latest exploits. She was an active and curious traveler, traveling extensively with her husband. Their favorite destination was Portofino, Italy, and after his death, she returned there with her daughters. Mrs. Carell lived her life as a true Southern lady. She was a thoughtful and gracious friend, and in all she did, she brought a wonderful sense of style. She was a strong advocate of education and taught for several years in Nashville public schools. She continued that dedication throughout her life and was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of the Harpeth Hall School. She was actively engaged in the planning for a new library for the school, and it now bears her name as the Ann Scott Carell Library. She started the Carell Artists in Residence program at Harpeth Hall with her husband, and in 2009 she received Harpeth Hall’s Dede Bullard Wallace Award for her service and generosity. Mrs. Carell and her husband were founders of Pope John Paul II High School and Ensworth High School. They established scholarships at Vanderbilt University, Aquinas College, Belmont University, Stephens College, the City University of New York, Ensworth High School and John Paul II High School, and often developed personal friendships with many of the students who benefitted from their assistance. Mrs. Carell was a communicant of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, and she was made a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II. With her husband, she was instrumental in raising funds to renovate and expand the historic 148-year-old Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, an order devoted to teaching and education. The Carells’ giving helped build a new chapel for the Sisters. A long time supporter and Board of Trust member of Cheekwood, sherecently returned to the board to begin a new term. Ann and Monroe Carell were the benefactors of the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail at Cheekwood, one of the most unique attractions among American botanical gardens. They also created Cheekwood’s Carell Dogwood Gardens, the first collection of dogwoods in North America to be recognized by the North American Plant Collections Consortium. In addition to serving on the boards of Cheekwood and the Harpeth Hall School at the time of her death, she served on the boards of the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Nashville Symphony. She was a member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society, and in 2006 was honored with the Women United in Giving “Spirit of Giving” Award. She was a member of the Sow and Grow and Timberlee Garden Clubs, the Centennial Club, and the Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee where she also served as past president. Ann Scott Carell is survived by three daughters, Julia Stadler (George), Kathryn Brown (David) and Edie Johnson (David), and by six grandchildren, Claire Stadler Lawhorne (Tom) of Savannah, GA, and G. Monroe Stadler, Carell E. Brown, D. Nicholas Brown, William C. Johnson and Ann Scott Johnson, all of Nashville. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock until eight o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 22nd of August 2012 at the Carell residence, 4432 Tyne Boulevard in Nashville. Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be conducted on Thursday, the 23rd of August 2012 at ten o’clock in the morning at the Cathedral of the Incarnation with Father Patrick Kibby serving as celebrant. Interment will follow the service at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Vanderbilt Gift Processing Office, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-7727), the Harpeth Hall School (Advancement Office, 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, TN 37215), and the Dominican Sisters’ St. Cecilia Congregation (801 Dominican Drive, Nashville, TN 37228).


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Dan & Toni Dornseif

September 11, 2012

We never personally met Ann, but our daughter Alexis did and we are forever grateful for her generosity by providing Alexis with a scholarship to financially help her attend Stephens College in Columbia Missouri. Alexis had a great experience attending Stephens and earned a wonderful education. Thank you so much Ann and family - you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jody Shuba

August 26, 2012

I learned of Mrs. Carell's passing this morning at Mass. She was such a sweet and kind "LADY", always with a smile and a kiss on the cheek, even though we had only met a few times, she always made me feel as if she had known me forever. You will all be in our prayers

Mr. & Mrs Steven Birdsong

August 24, 2012

Julie and George, We would like send our deepest sympathy, to you both and your families.Your mother Ann has touched so many lives with her generosity and kindness. We will keep you in our prayers.

Susan Waldon

August 24, 2012

What a great lady to have known Monroe, also The sweetest memory was seeing Ms.Ann with her mom and Juliet together, their laugh lightened my heart and will stay with me forever, May the Lord keep her family in his loving embrace.

August 23, 2012

I feel truly blessed to have met and worked with such a truly gracious and eloquent person as Ann. My heart and prayers will be with you always.
Marshall Ross (Cottontown,TN)

Christy Passmore

August 23, 2012

My heart is with Julie, Kathryn and Edie as well as their families as they celebrate the life of their beloved mother and friend. I loved her dearly . . and I loved Monroe, too They surrounded me with so much love and support in some tough times; the Carell's will always be part of my extended family. It makes me smile to think of Ann and Monroe together in heaven -- they were a great team!

August 23, 2012

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Stevenson and Janie Burke Ledyard

Elaine R. Williams

August 22, 2012

I will always treasure my precious memories of times with Ann and Monroe. They were so kind to my husband Ben Williams, My sympathy is with you for your loss. May we all meet again in HEAVEN. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. "RICHIE" (Mrs Ben H. Williams Jr.

Bill Oakley

August 22, 2012

You will truly be missed as you were a wonderful person. Prayers, thoughts and love are extended to the family.

Tim and Ann Ellington Wagner

August 22, 2012

Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. God's blessing on you all.