CHARLOTTE - Carla Delores Smalley, 85, of Charlotte, NC, passed away on Thursday October 18, 2018. She was born on May 9, 1933 in Brayton, Iowa to the late Chris R. Beck and Anna Mumgaard Beck. As the youngest of 10 children she had a special place in her heart for her oldest sister Eva who was an angel in her life. She is preceded in death by Eva and her 8 other siblings.
She was the loving mother of Pamela (Garry) Weiner, Tammy (Denny) Kleber, cherished grandmother of Shaynah (Michael)Jerrell, Jared (Marissa) Kleber, Zachary Weiner, Joshua Weiner and Kevin Schultz, and the dearest great grandmother of Aiden and Layla Jerrell and Wylie, Luca and Marlo Kleber, She is preceded in death by her first husband Oscar Bedrosian and her second husband Charles Smalley . She is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews.
Carla was a stunning woman with her blond hair and blue eyes. She was a talented singer and loved playing the piano with her girls harmonizing all the songs of the 50’s. While her children were growing up, Carla worked as an executive secretary for the Deerfield Parks District when a working mom was not the norm. Working in this capacity long before ‘”spell check,” it was Carla who corrected grammar and spelling for her husband’s doctoral thesis. Of course it was her Danish roots that lead to never finishing a meal without a great dessert! Beautiful, generous, strong, kind and direct would best describe her. She was comforted by her strong faith that gave her the confidence to know she was going on to a better place where she would see her Savior face to face.
She will be missed by her family who loved her so dearly. A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Carolina Cremation of Charlotte and Salisbury is assisting the Smalley family. Online condolencesmay be made at www. carolinacremation. com.