Karna Lucille Carey was born on September 10, 1916 in Tilden Township (rural Marcus) in Cherokee County, the daughter of B.H. "Helmuth" and Beulah (Swart) Anderson. She was raised on the farm ,and attended country school. Lucille graduated from Marcus High School in 1933, and her first job was with the Marcus News as the Society Editor.
On February 15, 1939 , Lucille and Mark Joseph Carey were united in marriage at Cherokee. The couple made their home on a farm north of Marcus, farming and raising their family there until moving to Marcus in 1975. Mark passed away on February 22, 2000. Lucille was residing at Heartland Care Center in Marcus at the time of her death.
Lucille was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. She was active in Circle, Grace United Methodist Women, and also taught Sunday School. She was also a member of PEO and Federated Women's Club (Tourist Club). During their retirement years, Lucille and Mark traveled extensively, visiting 48 of the 50 United States. She was also an avid walker, and knitted countless hats and afghans for her grandchildren and local charities.
She will be lovingly remembered by her sons and their spouses, Robert and Nancy of Marion; Donald and Sheila Carey of Owings Mills, Maryland; John and Esther of Marcus; and Richard and Jane of Tucson, Arizona; five grandchildren, Mike Carey of Phoenix, Arizona, Chris (Dallas) Carey of Lakeville, Minnesota, Erin (Jeff) Guerra of Valparaiso, Indiana, Tim Carey of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Steve Bryant of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; four great-grandchildren, Ethan Carey, Riley and Tessa Guerra, and Behr Carey; a sister-in-law, Norma Anderson of Sioux Rapids; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mark; two infant daughters, Bette and Patricia; a daughter, Jane Bryant; two brothers, Wendell Anderson and his wife Dorothy, and Don Anderson.