Louise Carr Tuttle
Louise Carr Tuttle of Captiva and Sanibel Islands died peacefully in Ft. Myers on February 25, 2019 at the age of 92. She was born on October 7, 1926 to parents Katherine Carpenter Carr and the Mayor Bob Carr, of Orlando, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband, George.
Louise will be missed by her two loving children, Jonathan and Lisa Tuttle; her two grandchildren, Brice and Jenna Tuttle all of Mill Valley, CA; her brother, Robert Carr, her sister-in-law, Dorothea Andrews and two nephews, Bill and Mark Andrews.
Louise lived in California briefly, modeled for I. Magnin in Beverly Hills and was featured on a billboard for Maxwell house coffee. After moving back to FL, she met George A. Tuttle Jr., married in 1958 and settled in Winter Park, FL. Louise raised her two children while helping run George’s architectural firm before moving the family to Captiva Island in 1975. Once there, they purchased and ran the Island Store, a gourmet grocery store on the island. During her 40 years on the islands, Louise was very active within the community, volunteering endless hours to the Chapel By The Sea, the Captiva Cemetery, the Captiva Community Center, and the Captiva Memorial Library. During that time, she published a book, “Homes of Old Captiva” with proceeds benefitting the Library. She was also creative, designing needlepoint pieces for herself as well as rugs, director chairs and pillows for the Captiva Community Center’s annual ABC sale which benefited local charities.
After moving to Sanibel in 1994, Louise volunteered at the Sanibel Library and CROW, both at the facility and on sea turtle patrol. She was a talented seamstress, making clothes for herself and her family as well as making children’s clothing for underprivileged youth in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Ft. Myers.
Louise and George also helped build homes with Habitat for Humanity in the same neighborhood.
Louise’s absence will be greatly felt as she was respected and admired for her warmth, generosity and sense of humor. She enjoyed gardening, reading, shelling, cooking and traveling but most enjoyed family, friends and helping others less fortunate.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, anyone wanting to honor Louise may make a memorial contribution to either CROW, 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957, (239) 472-3644, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Captiva Memorial Library: 11560 Chapin Ln, Captiva, FL 33924, (239) 533-4890