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Yolanda Carr, Owner of Le Salon de Beaute' Remembered as Loving, Motivated, Successful

Pikesville businesswoman died in car accident.

UPDATE (March 8)—Pikesville had a gem of the beauty industry in Yolanda Carr, 38, owner of . 

In 2008 the wife and mother of two was honored as best stylist by Baltimore Magazine. Carr received the honor just a year after she realized a lifelong dream—opening her shop in Pikesville, said Carr's best friend, Jenah Laramie.

"She was on top of her world," Laramie said of Carr. "She was very family oriented and loved what she did. She loved everyone who came in ... unconditionally loved everyone. People are better to have known her, and the world has definitely lost out on an amazing individual."

Carr, of the 4500 block of Tapscott Road in Pikesville, died Wednesday evening at the scene of a car accident in a parking lot near the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company.

Family will receive friends from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Estep Brothers Funeral Services, 1300 Eutaw Place, Baltimore. Services of the celebration will be held at The Emmanuel Church, 8729 Church Lane, Randallstown. Family time is at 10:30 a.m. The service is at 11:00 a.m. To read the full notice, visit The Baltimore Sun.

Not only was Carr a successful businesswoman, excelling in her career and ambitions, but she and her husband recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary, and they have two sons, ages 7 and 9, Laramie said.

"It's pretty heavy here," Laramie said last week, regarding the mood at the shop. "I'm trying to hold it together. This is her legacy, this is her dream. It's hard, but she would have wanted the salon to keep going and I am going to do everything in my power to keep it going—with the help of her family."

Laramie said customers might remember Carr from the R Salconi shop in Owings Mills, where she worked as a stylist for 15 years.

When Salconi closed that shop, Carr opened Le Salon de Beaute'.

Carr was "avidly athletic," Laramie said. She would go to the gym in the morning and take her boys hiking.

"She was very down-to-earth, very grounded," Laramie said.

And she was also an avid supporter of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization the shop supported each year, Laramie said.

Among the other charities she supported were the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Dorothy Friedman Caplan Guild, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Jewish Caring Network and Garrison Forest School.

"When I say she was amazing, she cared about everybody," Laramie said. "They broke the mold with her. She really was something else."

Laramie urged people to remember Carr for the works she did for others, not by the words in a police report from the accident.

"I don't want that to be the way people remember her. It wouldn't be right. It wouldn't be her," she said.

According to Le Salon de Beaute's Facebook page, in lieu of flowers an education trust has been established: The Yolanda Carr Memorial Fund, for her two boys Colin and Ethan. Contributions can be made at any M&T Bank branch, or may be mailed to: Le Salon de Beaute' c/o Memorial Fund, 105 Old Court Road, Pikesville, MD 21208.

Zoe Carrubba March 08, 2011 at 06:46 PM
I was there sat the 12 and every time you went in to the salon she made you feel welcomed. She always put a smile on your face when you entered the salon and is just a sad thing that she is gone know because she knew a lot of people that came to the salon. She did a great job on my hair and on any ones hair i think she was happy to make her dream come true to open the shalon. Every time every one steped in the salon they were always happy to be there in the salon and i know she was always happy to be at her job and she was a really good with hair and know that she will be missed by a lot of people at the salon and me. Zoe Carrubba
Kisha M. Glenn March 08, 2011 at 07:36 PM
In God's own way, he allows people to crosss your path. That is exactly what Yolanda Carr did. She and I meet while our sons were attending Cub Scouts. When you are participating in activities with your children, you begin to embrace each other and their children like family. Mrs. Carr did just that. She could always be counted to on to help when needed. She had the best interest of her sons at heart. It will be hard to spend the Friday night Den meetings without her. There were times when it would just be our sons working on a project, because the Carr's never missed a meeting. I pray that her family finds some peace in the wake of this tragedy. Mrs. Yolanda, you will be truly missed!
Dana Steiner March 09, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Yolanda's early departure from this world is yet another example of the saying "Only the good die young". When I think of her, I think of her smile, her warmth, and her genuine, down to earth nature. When I spoke to her, she seemed to understand me. Then again, I think she understood everyone.
Janet Metzner March 10, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Yolanda Carr's story is no longer on the front page of Pikesville Patch, but the memorial is still here. So many people have expressed on Patch expressed how saddened they are that she is gone. If you have feelings you haven't expressed, you can still add them onto the story. Sincerely, Janet, your Pikesville editor.
roni Koscik March 13, 2011 at 08:35 AM
Duane, Colin, Ethan, and Uncle Frank: We are so shocked and saddened to hear about Yolanda's terrible accident. She was truly a woman full of life and God's love. I loved her quick wit and sense of humor. We are sorry we could not make it to the funeral, but please know that we were there in spirit with Michael. Our prayers are with you. Love, Cousin Roni and family

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