Congressman Remembers Wife in Eulogy a Day After Their Wedding Anniversary: 'This Was Not the Plan'
Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr was buried Monday after an emotional laudation by her husband, Kentucky representative Andy Barr, less than a week after her sudden death at the family home in Lexington.
The congresswoman's wife, who passed Carol, was buried Monday after her funeral at the local Southland Christian Church, according to the Lexington Herald leader.
"This was not the plan," said 46-year-old Rep. Barr in his eulogy.
"The plan was to work hard, save the world, raise our children properly, sprint through chaos," he continued, "and then when the time was right to finally reap the reward - finally catch your breath to come and spend more time together and enjoy our life while traveling, laughing, loving together forever. That was our plan. "
The Barrs, according to Herald Leader, married almost exactly 12 years ago on June 21, 2008 and had two daughters: Eleanor, 9, and 7-year-old Mary Clay.
The Monday funeral was streamed online.
Carol, 39, was found dead in her home office on June 16. The coroner later determined that it was probably a heart condition called mitral valve prolapse (MVP), also known as Floppy Valve Syndrome or Barlow Syndrome.
In a statement released in his office last week, Rep. Barr said Carol was "the greatest, most selfless, and most gifted woman, mother, daughter, sister, and friend anyone could ever have."
In a previous statement, Barr's chief of staff said that after his wife's death, he "focused solely on being the father of his two beautiful daughters."
Carol was "a beautiful, loving, kind, passionate, and devoted woman, mother, daughter, sister, and friend," according to her obituary in the Georgetown News-Graphic.
Her husband described her in her laudation as a planner and said that marrying her was the best decision of his life, said the Herald leader.
"She was an insatiable reader, a great cook, a lover of meals with family and friends, and an experienced interior designer with a genuine, authentic taste to create a warm and inviting home for her family," continued her obituary, adding : "No one could have ever wished for a better spouse."
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Andy Barr / Facebook Carol and Andy Barr (center) with their daughters
Timothy D. Easley / AP / Shutterstock Kentucky MP Andy Barr (right) alongside his wife Carol and their daughters Eleanor and Mary Clay in 2018
Carol "excelled in both academic and extracurricular activities," she said. She was an active member of a number of high school groups including Pep Club, Student Council and others.
Carol is from Georgetown, Kentucky. She was also "a proud Kentuckian and celebrated everything related to Kentuckians with strength and passion" - including horse racing and the football and basketball teams of the University of Kentucky.
After completing her bachelor's degree in communication in 2002, Carol completed a "sustainable and successful" career in sales at the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, where she won a number of awards and the admiration of her colleagues.
Her proudest achievement, however, was her family.
MP Andy Barr
A beautiful tribute to a beautiful life. Forever in our hearts.
Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr - Obituary
ELEANOR CAROL LEAVELL BARR, born July 7, 1980 - d. June 16, 2020 Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, a beautiful, loving, kind, passionate and dedicated woman, mother, daughter, sister and friend, died in ...
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"At this moment of deepest sorrow and heartbreak, we are so grateful for the gift and blessing of Carol's life, for her strong belief in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for the comfort of good memories and her victory in heaven and for all these Carols Family that surrounded girls and me with beautiful expressions of love, compassion and sympathy, ”said Rep. Barr in his statement last week.
"Carol absolutely adored her children, the greatest source of joy, laughter and love in her life, and she always made her and her husband a top priority," said her obituary.
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Timothy D. Easley / AP / Shutterstock Kentucky MP Andy Barr (right) with his wife Carol in 2018
Governor of Kentucky Andy Beshear said last week that he and his wife were "broken" by news of Carol's death.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell also released a statement that he and his wife Elaine were "stunned and heartbroken" by the news.
"[Carols] warmth filled every room she entered, and her contributions made Kentucky a better place for all of us," they read. "And for Eleanor and Mary Clay, Carol was a wonderful role model and constant love. We extend sincere condolences to Andy, her family and his staff in this terribly painful time."
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