MOUNT VERNON — Carolyn Frances Lord Allar, born June 13, 1940, in Mount Vernon, died Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Mount Vernon. In between: a lifetime enriched by music, family, and service.

Her parents were Francis Morrell Lord and Jessie May Huggins. Grandparents: Raymond Sterling Lord and Carrie Little Paul; Riley Miller Huggins and Mary Alice Snider.

A 1958 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Carolyn attended The Ohio State University, studying music performance and education. While still in high school, she was invited by Dr. Paul Schwartz to play string bass in the newly formed Knox County Symphony. Taking a break to raise a family, she returned to the Symphony, soon to be under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Locke, retiring in 2005. She served 14 years in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard (Sr. Master Sergeant), and worked as a cataloguer at the Kenyon College Library for nearly 25 years.

Carolyn is survived by her Aunt, Dorothy Huggins Rex; her sister, Toma Henrietta Lord; her children, Kenneth, Phillip (Rebecca Balser), Katherine (Bobby Spearman), and David Allar; and the shining stars of her crown, grandchildren Adam Francis, Cameron Joseph McPhail, India May, Edison William, and Riley Lyn; great-grandson, Cole Alexander.

Memorial contributions are suggested to local entities reflective of Carolyn’s commitments: the Carolyn Lord Double Bass Fund for the Knox County Symphony (; UMW Legacy Fund, c/o Gay Street United Methodist Church (; and New Directions (, or to the organization reflective of your own commitments. Pass it forward, with gratitude from Carolyn.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Gay Street United Methodist Church on May 10, at 10:30 a.m. A fellowship meal will follow at the Church, with a graveside service taking place at Mound View Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. John Capper presiding.

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