Patricia Carrow

Patricia E Carrow

Wednesday, October 29th, 1952 - Saturday, March 7th, 2020
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Patricia E. Carrow went to be with the LORD in the early hours of March 7, 2020. She passed away in her own home and was free of any and all pain. Her daughter, Sara was with her when she passed.

Patricia was pre-deceased by her father, John Carrow and her mother, Eleanor Carrow. Her siblings, who are still living, include her sister, Kathryn Cartwright, John Carrow and his wife, Jeannie Carrow, and George Carrow and his wife, Georga Carrow.

She leaves behind two children, her son, Paul J. Calvarese and her daughter, Sara R. Spurgeon. Also, her two amazing grandchildren, Wyatt J. Smith and Ariana E. Spurgeon, whom she loved with all her heart.

Patti lived a life that not many could fathom. A type I diabetic since she was 23, her kidneys failed when she was 46. She received a kidney transplant in 1998 from Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2001, she received a page from a pager that Johns Hopkins had given her. It was a call telling her that a pancreas had become available. She underwent the very rare procedure of a solo pancreas transplant. She underwent the procedure at Johns Hopkins and from October 29, 2001 (ironically, it was her 49th birthday) until the day she passed, she never had to check her blood sugars or take insulin again. She was “cured” of diabetes, essentially.

Then, in 2014, her transplanted kidney started to fail. Sara even took it upon herself to find a live donor for her mother. She found 3 people to test, but alas, none of the 3 were at least a 3/6 HLA match. She held out as long as she could, but after one unforgettable in-patient episode, she conceded and accepted dialysis treatment. Dialysis, over the six years she was on it, calcified her vessels, including her heart. We searched for treatment, but unfortunately, she was not a candidate for any procedure or experimental trial. We had reached the end of the road, medically, just 2 months before she passed.

Patti was, without a doubt, a fighter. A warrior. But she also had a tag team partner that fought for her treatment, comfort, and quality of life. This person was her daughter, Sara. Sara was with her through every hospital stay, every clinic visit, and anytime she needed someone to hold her hand. She saved her life more times than anyone can count, assessed and diagnosed her quickly and accurately. To make a grim situation more humorous, Sara and Patti used to make a $5 bet each time Patti’s labs came back. What her BUN, creatinine, tacrolimus, CBC, LFT, name a lab, they’ve bet on it. Sara cared for her mother for more than 20 years. Patti’s 826 pages of her health history was imprinted in Sara’s mind.

Patti will be missed by many, but she is now finally at peace. She is free from pain and suffering for the first time in a long time. Thanks be to God and a special thanks to a wonderful surgeon, mentor to Sara and friend to them both, and also, a man my mother adored, Dr. Ernesto P. Molmenti.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Thursday, March 12 from 6-7:30 pm at Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home. Eulogies will be shared at 7:30.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 12th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Thursday, March 12th, 2020 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home
    1400 Kirkwood Hwy.
    WILMINGTON, DE 19805
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  • Service

    Thursday, March 12th, 2020 | 7:30pm
    Thursday, March 12th, 2020 7:30pm
    Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home
    1400 Kirkwood Hwy.
    WILMINGTON, DE 19805
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Andrea Leser

Posted at 04:41pm
To Patty's sorry for you loss. Thank God Patty is no longer in pain and that she has such a loving and caring daughter to help her and be by her side all those years!! You are WONDERFUL Sara!!! I knew Patty since Valleybrook Swim Club when we were younger girls. I never was on the swim team, but we are the same age and in the same class. When in High School I have many wonderful memories of laughing and having fun with Patty. Many revolving around the Mustang! I can still see her beautiful smile and the cute haircut she always had!! She was a special person one can never forget!

Micky Johnson

Posted at 10:43pm
Patty swam backstroke on the Valleybrook Swim Team. She won many races and had the most effortless, beautiful, and absolutely perfect stroke I have ever seen to this day. She was a fun and nice person too. Rest in Peace Patty and sincere condolences to Johnny, George and all the Carrow family.

Laura & Wyatt

Posted at 08:35pm
Wyatt will miss his mom mom. Patty you were a truly loving, caring person and will be missed dearly! We love you and thank God your no longer in pain!

Brenda & John Koyne

Posted at 09:05am
With deepest sympathy
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Catherine I Philhower-Hicks

Posted at 07:55am
Sorry for your loss. Growing up in Sherwood Park 1, Patty and I drove to Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington. Patty would drive her Dad’s 1965 Mustang and I would drive my Dad’s 1964 Ford Custom. Patty would constantly push the buttons on the radio, AM & FM to find a song that she would like. RIP, Patty

Joni Cook Handy Posted at 01:49pm

I’m so sorry to see Patty has passed. I was a meter reader with her in New Castle for the Board of Water & Light in 1975 & 1976. We had a great time together! She was a funny, caring person. My condolences to you, her family. Joni Cook Handy.

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