SHREVE — Carol L. Maurer, 58, of Shreve, left her body of pain with her family by her side on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Aultman Hospital in Canton from complications caused by Multiple Myeloma. She endured this cancer since being diagnosed on January 18, 2006.
There will be no calling hours or funeral. A celebration of Carol’s life will be held in the near future. Alexander Funeral Home, of Millersburg, is handling the arrangements.
She was born March 2, 1955, in Mount Vernon to Floyd and Mary (Gosser) Hawkins and married Dale Maurer on November 6, 1976. He survives.
Carol got her sons involved with the Nashville Boy Scout Troop 356 at an early age and volunteered as the assistant scout master. She had great times taking the boys on camping trips and mentoring many boys, including her own, to achieve their Eagle Scout.
She loved to read, travel and spend time with her family and vast array of friends. If she wasn’t traveling with her family, she was taking road trips with her closest friends — there wasn’t a trip she would turn down. On one such mystery trip, she ended up at a paperweight museum. Each and every trip was an “adventure.” She hated pineapple.
Carol received her RN degree from North Central and her BSN degree from Ashland University. She worked as an MDS nurse at Majora Lane Care Center and previously worked at Pomerene Memorial Hospital for 30 years — many of those years in the ER Department. She was instrumental in starting the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program while at Pomerene. In 2002 she received the Holmes County Nurse of the Year award.
During her nearly 40 years of nursing, Carol touched the lives of so many patients and coworkers, making a difference in each and every one of them. She was very passionate about education and instrumental in guiding countless people into the medical field, especially nursing. In her immediate family, daughter Kim and her husband are in nursing; son Seth is pursuing a career in medicine; son Kyle is furthering his education in Environmental Sciences; granddaughter Tricia is pursuing a nursing degree. Her sister Marilyn and many cousins also got into nursing because of Carol’s influence. She was a mentor and counselor to anyone and would always go the extra mile to do whatever was right — even if it had consequences for her.
Because of her passion for education and to keep her giving spirit alive, the Carol Hawkins Maurer Nursing Scholarship fund has been set up with the Holmes County Education Foundation. Please consider making a memorial contribution made payable to “HCEF” and mailed to 114 N. Clay Street, Millersburg, OH 44654. Make sure to put her name in the memo portion of your check.
Surviving in addition to her husband are daughter, Kim (Doug) Watson, of Wooster; sons, Seth and Kyle, of the home; granddaughter, Tricia Watson, of Wooster; sisters, Marcella Hawkins (Tim) Bartrum, of Brinkhaven and Marilyn Hawkins, of Canton; brother-in-law Duane (Brenda) Maurer; sister-in-law Doris (Ray) Plant; nieces and nephews Vanessa Frontz (and fiancé Eric Sanchez), of Crofton, Maryland; Ashley Hawkins, of Columbus; Cheryl (Jared) Tankred, of Wooster; Kendra (Brady) Mathis, of Chicago, IL; Heath Maurer and Heather Patton; and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Sam Hawkins, who died in an automobile accident on August 22, 1987.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.