Sister Evangeline Annie Carr, better known as Frances Ann Carr, passed into eternity Jan. 2, 2017, at her home (The Shaker Community), surrounded by her community and loved ones, following a very brief battle with cancer. Sister was born in Lewiston, March 13, 1927, the sixth of seven children born to Herbert and Margaret (Rourke) Carr.  Following the loss of her father, her mother placed Frances and her younger sibling Ruth with the Shakers on Aug. 26, 1937; she was ten years old

She attended Shaker School, where she graduated, and learned all the arts and crafts the Sisters taught, but these did not really interest her as did cooking. She became head cook when she was 21 and served in that capacity for over 50 years.

She officially joined the Church on May 11, 1948. Over the years, Sister assumed many duties and offices. She served as a caretaker for several young girls and always kept a love for children. The Church appointed her a Trustee in 1988 and Eldress in 1990. She served in both capacities until her death.

Sister was a founding member and driving force behind the Friends of the Shakers. She also was a founding member of The United Society of Shakers, Inc., which incorporated our museum and library, and served as its president until her death.

Over the years, Sister Frances authored many articles and several books on the Shaker experience. She also lectured all over the country. She had a fine singing voice and was the driving force for a collaboration of the Community with the Boston Camerata, which produced two recordings and many public performances.

the Sabbathday meeting house at New Gloucester

She was the public face of Shakerism for decades, serving as their goodwill ambassador. Countless television and radio stations interviewed Sister Frances, and she was a part of many documentaries made about the Shakers because of her welcoming spirit that drew many people to her. Read more about the Sabbathday Shakers here.

She had a deep interest in the welfare of children and the disadvantaged of all ages. She turned no one away in need & strived to live by the words of the Christ, “In as much as ye have done it to the least of these, ye have done it unto Me.” (The Gospel of Matthew chapter 25.)    Her passing leaves a large hole in our life and our hearts, but also draws us closer to God, knowing that she is with Him.

Her parents predeceased her as did all of her siblings. Her community members, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews survive her. She was close to her nieces, Linda (Carr) Harmon, Wendy (Carr) Furlong and Frances (Yeaton) Riley, whom she was proud to have helped raise.

Mother Ann Lee founded the Shaker as a dissident branch of the Quakers s in England in the 1740s, where they were tagged as “Nonconformists.” Their beliefs are striking as that they practice celibacy, thus the movement is self-limiting. Other than that, like the Quakers, they are pacificist and devote themselves to a life of industry and service but unlike the Quakers, the Shakers do believe in the Second Coming of Christ. They moved to America in 1764. At one time, Maine was home to three Shaker villages—in Gorham, Alfred, and Sabbathday Lake. By the 1930s, the remaining Shakers merged their resources in New Gloucester.

                            The Map of Sister Frances.

We rectified Sister Frances’ horoscope to a rising 09 Cancer 00 based on the above obituary published in Portland Press Herald.

Her temperament type is a bucket with a Saturn Handle in the Seventh House of partners and relationships, showing how much being part of a long established Church like the Shakers meant to her. She has one opposition in her chart from Saturn at 08 Sagittarius to Mars in Gemini 11, that divides her chart almost in half between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres but is united by her T-Square shown on the site map.

That square is from the Southern Saturn to Jupiter, also creates the Line of Culture, suggesting the importance of the Shakers in recognizing her great talents: cooking and her great love of the community is then squared again to the Northern Mars in the First House highlighting her enthusiasm and energy in all her undertakings, but also her natural prudence and thrift.

What is most remarkable in this chart is the preponderance of planets in Pisces, the sign of Universal Love in the Southern (top) part of her chart.  They fall in her tenth house, depicting the good Sister’s place in society, and her ambition, which in her case, shows how she wanted to spread the Shaker philosophy and conviction to the world at large hoping to attract others.  That last bit did not seem to work as only two Shakers–Brother Arnold Hadd and Sister June Carpenter—remain.  Our thoughts are with them.

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