OBITUARY

Carol Price Pruett

November 21, 1935March 7, 2018

Carol Pruett passed away peacefully, surrounded by her daughters and a longtime family friend on Wednesday, March 7th. She was born 82 years ago in Fort Wayne, IN to Raymond and Ivy (Siddall) Price. As a young child, Carol spent many enjoyable hours with her older sister, Joyce, playing tennis at Weiser Park, roller-skating in the neighborhood and ice-skating at the Reservoir ice rink. As a young girl, Carol moved to Victoria, Australia with her parents. She attended the Geelong Grammar School for girls and, in 1953, was presented to society at the Coral Sea Ball. Carol traveled extensively with her parents, visiting numerous countries across the globe. At 17 she began a successful and varied modeling career in Australia and America as a runway model, in fashion magazines, on television as Miss Colorvision introducing Seattle’s first color TV station and also appearing on stage with comedian Bob Hope.

In her early twenties, she moved back to the States to live with her sister and brother-in-law and she attended the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1957, Carol relocated to Atlanta, GA with her sister’s family. She continued modeling and also worked as a buyer for Rich’s, Inc. In 1959, she married her beloved husband of 56 years, Dr. James E. Pruett. Jim and Carol lived in New Orleans, LA and El Paso, TX where Jim completed his residency and specialty training before returning to Atlanta in 1964.

Carol was active in numerous charities in the Atlanta area, including the Young Matrons Circle for Tallulah Falls School, the Mt. Paran Civic Association, and the Atlanta Children’s Theater. The fundraising parties that she coordinated were legendary. She became active with The Church of the Apostles when they first began meeting at The Lovett School, and served in several volunteer capacities for the church over the past 20 years. Carol was full of life, able to make others laugh hard and long (many times unintentionally but always able to laugh hardest at herself), gracious and generous to all, incredibly kind, exceptionally creative, defined impeccable taste in all things, gorgeous to the last, and had an unlimited capacity for giving expecting nothing in return.

Carol Pruett’s passing is felt deeply by her family and friends. She leaves behind her her daughters Pamela (Michael) Ouzts and Kimberly (Ray) Kuckleburg; and grandchildren Katelyn Kimberly Ouzts (Chris) Cocco , Taylor James Ouzts, and great-grandchild, Hayden Kristine Cocco. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jim, and dearest friend and sister, Joyce Price Croy and her husband Robert Radford Croy, who was a true brother to her. Also surviving are her nephews and nieces and their families: Joan (Chip) Grant; Ken (Judy) Croy and Amanda (Hunter) Croy Clawson and Issac; Jon (Bobbi) Croy and Keriann and Maclaren; Jeff (Susan) Pruett and Jeremy, and Ben (Molly) Pruett and Nancy and Charlie; and precious family friend and caregiver, Dedra Kimbro --- and countless other family members and friends who keenly feel her loss. We would be remiss for not including, Kayla, her furry, four-legged grandchild in the list of those she cherished and who cherished her.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for Friday, March 23rd at 11:00 am at Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, GA. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in her memory to The Weinstein Hospice, who compassionately served her and her family during her last days.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 23, 2018
REMEMBERING

Carol Price Pruett

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Kenneth Croy

March 13, 2018

Dear Pam and Kim
It's the end of an era and I'm not happy about it. I miss your mom and dad almost as much as I miss my own parents. I viewed Aunt Carol as my Auntie Mame. If that reference is too obscure it relates to the movie of the same name starring Roselyn Russell . It was about a Manhattan heiress who lived a fabulous high society life and helped raise her nephew in the middle of a hectic , bohemian apartment. Auntie Mame favorite saying was, "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!" That is how I viewed Aunt Carol , the life of the party who knew everyone and everything. I always translated this banquet quote as just an observation that life is to be experienced and enjoyed. Your mom helped me see there was a lot more to life than my sheltered suburban existence and that was a stunningly valuable lesson to pass on to her nephew.
A couple stories regarding Aunt Carol and her giving nature. First ,your mom bought me my first really nice suit. Right after graduation she took me to The Buckhead Men's Shop and purchased me a linen Spring /Summer suit that was one of the two nicest suits I ever owned.
The second memory dates to before you two were even a twinkle in your daddy's eye. Your mom bought me a toy battery powered machine gun for Christmas when I was about 5 or 6 years old. This thing was a 6 year old's dream , tripod , articulating red tip and it made a racket that was music to my ears. I played with that thing until I ran the batteries dead. I loved it and the adults seemed bemused. Many decades later I asked Aunt Carol if she remembered buying me that toy machine gun and I will never forget her response, "honey, how could I ever forget , every adult in the house was very hung over and you wouldn't stop pulling that damn trigger. Thank god someone thought to take the batteries out."
The world is a little less bright and and a less fun without your mom in it. Love Ken

FROM THE FAMILY